Hurricane Safety

Hurricane Ian Updates

Updated: Wednesday, September 29, 2022

We are closely monitoring Hurricane Ian and have implemented our emergency preparedness plans. Ian is expected to enter the state of Florida as a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph, with possibility of upgrade to a Category 5 (starts at 157 mph winds). We continue to be in touch with the state and local authorities and continue to update this page with information that impacts Sonata Senior Living residents and families. Rest assured, we are ready and our communities are Sonata Safe

Please read our current daily family daily emails for up-to-date information on our preparations. You will find them by date on the left side of the page, organized by date.

All necessary preparations have been made.  With hurricane warnings in effect, you shouldn’t worry about what is going to happen at Sonata if a storm comes or if we lose power. Sonata has significant experience in emergency management with an extensive Emergency Preparedness Plan in place that includes regular updates and communications to families. This allows us to provide ongoing, up-to-date information.

Please know the safety of our residents, families, and team members is our number one priority and we have taken the necessary precautions to address issues that any severe weather conditions may present.

If you have any questions of a nonurgent matter, please email [email protected].  Someone from our corporate team will answer within 24 hours.  We also encourage you to follow your community page on Facebook for any community specific information

We appreciate your support and cooperation during this weather event.

Hurricane Safety at Sonata

The state of Florida is vulnerable to hurricanes during the June through November Atlantic hurricane season. To this end, Sonata Senior Living maintains detailed hurricane preparedness and emergency management plans to mitigate the threat of hurricanes native to Florida.

In the event of a hurricane, our priority is to ensure the comfort and safety of our residents and staff. Our Hurricane Preparedness Plan consists of recommendations from regulating authorities such as the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) as well as supplemental precautionary guidelines and procedures developed from our own extensive experience and expertise in hurricane preparedness.

Sheltering in Place at Sonata 

Sonata Senior Living communities are constructed to meet stringent Florida codes and withstand high winds and flooding. Our communities are well-designed and well-equipped to shelter in place throughout a hurricane event.

Should a power outage occur at Sonata, our team members can continue providing the highest levels of service and care with no interruption so residents may safely shelter in place.

Florida assisted living facilities are required to have backup power generators to ensure function and access to essential lighting and air conditioning in the event of a power outage.

Sonata Senior Living’s backup generators are expanded to include capacity for cooking, heating and powering elevators. We also go above and beyond by maintaining a week’s supply of food and water for each resident in case delivery service were interrupted.

Communications During a Hurricane Event

Sonata recognizes the importance of maintaining constant communications with our families to alleviate worry and concern. We are committed to providing regular communications and updates to our families throughout the duration of a hurricane event.

Hurricane-related communications and news are posted on our website and social media, and updated regularly with new information as a storm develops.

Upon move-in, primary family contacts are asked to opt into a messaging service to receive important information during an emergency event.

Sonata uses an automated messaging service to keep families apprised of important information that may affect your loved ones and our communities. Families can elect to receive information via text, email or phone call.

Short Term Stays For Safety

For many, Sonata Senior Living is a safer place than one’s own home during a storm. In fact, in 2019, Sonata reinforced roof structures at each of our 11 communities for even greater assurance.

We offer respite stays to those who may benefit from the reinforced construction, expanded generator capacity and 24-hour staffing during a storm. A short-term stay can provide peace of mind to families and essential supplies and care to older adults unwilling or unable to travel.

For more information about hurricane safety and preparedness at Sonata Senior Living, contact a community near you.