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Hurricane Irma Updates

See updates below or call 954-472-2860.

9/11/2017 - 12pm EST Update

September 11, 2017

We are pleased to inform you that Covenant Village of Florida has resumed direct communications as of September 11th at 10am EST.  All the residents and staff members are safe and we are very thankful for God’s protection during the storm. Hurricane Irma’s impact on the community has resulted in some downed trees and debris around the community but we are very thankful as it could have been much worse. The CVOF team is focusing now with resuming normal operations, getting residents settled back into their apartments and initiating clean-up efforts around the community.

Thank you again for your steadfast prayers during this storm.

9/10/2017 - 9pm EST Update

September 10, 2017

Tonight, Irma continues to move through the state of Florida with wind speeds at 60mph and gusts of up to 80mph in the Plantation/Fort Lauderdale area. CVOF has one building, the Town Center, on generator power with all other buildings maintaining full electricity.  There continues to be no building damage with just a few trees that have come down on campus.  Residents are being checked on regularly throughout the day with the most recent check happening at 7pm EST tonight.  All are safe, sheltering in place and finding ways to keep entertained.  The campus is maintaining communication with Covenant Retirement Communities central office via live video connection and phone, neither of which have had an interruption in service.  We would like to thank all the staff at CVOF who have gone above and beyond to ensure the safety of the residents and each other.  We will post another update in the morning as Irma moves keeps moving through the state. 

9/10/2017 - 10am EST Update

September 10, 2017

As of this morning, Hurricane Irma is in the Florida Keys and tracking to go up the west coast. CVOF has not lost power but with expected wind speeds of 50-70mph and possible gusts up to 80mph today, our generators are ready.  We do not have any building damage and residents are sheltering in place and continue to be checked on regularly.  The western shift continues to be good news for CVOF but we continue to watch the track carefully.  As always, we will continue to keep you updated. Check back here or on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Covenant-Village-of-Florida-716580568379140/  later today for another update.

9/9/2017 - 6pm EST Update

September 09, 2017

Hurricane Irma continues to move west and north. We are still expecting tropical storm conditions through Sunday.  The rain began to fall at 5pm EST and looks to continue throughout the next couple days.  All residents have been checked on today and are even gathering in common areas to be together as a community.  Although this is great news for CVOF, we are still very much monitoring the storm and the path it takes throughout the coming days.  Our prayers are with those all in its projected path.  Updates will continue to be posted here and on our Facebook page below until the storm passes completely. 

https://www.facebook.com/Covenant-Village-of-Florida-716580568379140/

9/9/2017 - 10am EST Update

September 09, 2017

We have some good news this morning!  Hurricane Irma has shifted west and is projected to make landfall south of Tampa with tropical force winds still projected for our area.  The community is well prepared and have activated our campus plan at 8am EST this Saturday morning with our call center fully operational at our central office in Chicago. We have staff located in every building and residents are well cared for with plenty of food and water and are checked on regularly. We will continue to provide updates on the forecast and provide community information throughout the length of this storm.  Please call 954-472-2860 for any additional information.

9/9/2017 - 9am EST ~ Message from Terri Cunliffe, CRC President & CEO

September 09, 2017

TO: Covenant Retirement Communities Residents
FROM: Terri Cunliffe, President & CEO

With Hurricane Irma gaining strength and posing a threat to Florida this weekend, I want to give you an update on our plans for the residents of Covenant Village of Florida (CVOF). Although we are not absolutely sure of the hurricane’s strength or the exact path of the storm, we are certain that CVOF will feel the effects of this powerful storm.

The leadership of CVOF and Covenant Retirement Communities (CRC) Central Office have been working diligently on preparing for the impact of Hurricane Irma. Safety for the residents and staff is our first priority. The campus has a detailed plan, has secured extra supplies and is prepared to provide meals and drinking water throughout the Hurricane and in the days to follow. CVOF has diesel powered generators that will provide essential power to the campus should there be a loss of electrical power during or after the storm. Healthcare areas are fully protected with hurricane shutters and some areas throughout residential living.

CVOF phone lines will be rerouted to the central office from Saturday, September 9th through Wednesday, September 13th. Central office will be staffing a 24/7 Call Center to handle these calls and to allow the CVOF staff to concentrate their efforts on taking care of the residents and staff members. A live Skype video link will be set up between the campus and the Central Office as long as there is internet service at the community. The CVOF team also has the ability to make phone calls via a satellite phone.

In addition to the call center, intermittent storm and campus updates will be posted to the home pages of the CRC and CVOF websites to inform family members and friends of the status of the storm. Central office support will be onsite during the storm and sending post hurricane support to help with the expected cleanup efforts following Hurricane Irma’s departure.

In the meantime, pray for the safety of the residents of CVOF and the staff members who may be impacted by the effects of this major hurricane.

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