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Sign Petition! Let's learn from Katrina. Fix nursing home preparedness now!

Did you know that at least 139 nursing home residents died because of Hurricane Katrina? Many died in their beds.

A new Inspector General report found that nursing homes across the U.S. are still dangerously unprepared for disaster.

I should not be writing you in 2012 - over six years after the Katrina deaths - to tell you that government investigators think a similar tragedy could happen again.

Sign our petition and tell CMS and AoA to do their jobs and demand nursing homes prepare for disaster.

https://www.change.org/petitions/let-s-learn-from-katrina-fix-nursing-home-preparedness-now

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Administration on Aging (AoA) are failing to uphold their oversight responsibilities.

You might be thinking: Now that this problem has been exposed, it'll get fixed, right? Not necessarily.

This new (April 2012) Inspector General report makes the same recommendations the agency made in 2006, the year after Hurricane Katrina.

That's where you come in. We need public pressure to make sure the problem gets fixed.

Let's get this fixed now. Sign our petition and tell CMS and AoA to do their jobs and demand nursing homes prepare for disaster.

https://www.change.org/petitions/let-s-learn-from-katrina-fix-nursing-home-preparedness-now

This lack of oversight is exactly why I started Disaster Accountability Project. Life-saving post-Katrina policy recommendations are still collecting dust. Without some public pressure from you, there is a good chance we will see another report in six years making the same recommendations.

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