Hurricane Matthew Update

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Dear Residents,

This morning, Friday, Oct. 7th, members of the JKV Emergency Operations Team, including President Gerry Stryker, conducted a tour of the campus and assessed any damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

It has been determined that it is safe for Residents and Staff to return to their homes and an “All Clear” notice has been announced.

Per our post-hurricane protocol, residents will be returned to their homes starting with Independent Living residents who have evacuated to the Auditorium. They will be followed by Gardens West and Woodlands/Health Center residents

  • Dining Services will provide a One-Meal-Dinner today, Friday, from 2-6PM
  • Regular meal service Saturday (Lunch & Dinner) and Sunday (One Meal) will be served Normal Transportation Operations are in effect
  • All Saturday Activities are cancelled Sunday Church Services will be held in the Auditorium as scheduled Salon & Spa will reopen Monday
  • Entrance-way shutters will be removed throughout the day
  • The Palm Bistro has resumed its normal business hours 7AM-8PM
  • The Wellness Studio and TMC Therapy Services are open
  • The Fitness Center is open today and will have “Supervised Exercises” Saturday

Storm Erika Update – August 29, 2015

Dear Residents,

As Erika continues its WNW track it also continues to weaken. The National Hurricane Center has dropped all tropical storm watches and warnings for Florida. John Knox Village will continue to track Erika, but at this time a number of departments have returned to normal operations.

There is still the possibility of rain and wind gusts so continue to be mindful of your activities.

Also please be aware of the following updates:

All Activities and Fitness Classes will resume as scheduled starting Monday. Chapel services will take place as scheduled Sunday morning. Off-campus transportation to area houses of worship resume as scheduled for Sunday morning, but will cease as of 2 p.m. Sunday except for emergency cases. The pool will remain closed until Tuesday, but may re-open sooner if possible.

Dining will be providing one meal per day for independent living residents in our Dining Room today and Sunday, and resume the regular schedule of three meal-times as of Monday, beginning with breakfast.

Weather permitting, Transportation across John Knox Village will resume. There will be additional Wellness Nurses and Security at John Knox Village until the storm has passed.

On Monday, Grounds and Maintenance team members will begin removing building shutters and returning patio furniture outside.

Unless there is a change in Erika’s storm pattern, or any utility interruption, this will be the last Erika-related update.

This announcement will air on Channel 92 and this Website will have this information. Your Public Relations Department hopes utilizing these flyers has been an effective way to communicate with you.

Should you have any recommendations on how to improve our communications, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (954) 784-4726.

Tropical Storm Erika Update – August 28, 2015

Tropical Storm Erika Update – August 28, 2015

Dear Residents,

John Knox Village continues to track Tropical Storm Erika, which is expected to make an impact on Florida early Monday. The latest weather reports project it to remain a Tropical Storm. But, that can always change.

We do anticipate lots of rain, wind gusts and potential loss of power. For safety reasons, please remain in your Towers/villas during the storm. There are still NO plans for evacuations. Please be aware of the following updates:

  • All Activities and Fitness Classes have been cancelled Saturday, Sunday and
    Monday. This includes Chapel services on Sunday.
  • Dining will be providing one meal per day for independent living residents in our Dining Room, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please note no dinners will be served. Breakfast will not be available on Monday. During a storm, the Dining Room can be reached at (954) 582-9391.
  • As weather permits, Transportation across John Knox Village will continue.
  • Please do NOT place your garbage outside of your villa homes for pickup on Monday.

If you need any medical attention, please contact our Wellness Nurses at (954) 783-4004. We will be sending out updates this weekend. Stay tuned for further announcements on Channel 92 and at this Website.

Visit the National Hurricane Center’s Website for more storm information.

Tropical Storm Erika Update – August 27, 2015

Tropical Storm Erika Update – August 27, 2015

Dear Residents,

As we continue to monitor Tropical Storm Erika, please note your John Knox Village Administration and Emergency Response Team are treating the storm as if it will arrive in this area sometime early next week as a potential “Category 1 Hurricane.”

Shutters have been installed on buildings, and the swimming pool is now closed until further notice. For safety purposes, all residents are being asked to place their outdoor patio furniture and other loose items inside their homes. Our Grounds and Maintenance team members will assist moving in your items. If they are not moved indoors, the items will be taken and stored until the weather passes. Also, please note, there are NO evacuation plans in place at this time.

The Dining and Transportation Services’ schedules remain unchanged.  As a reminder, now is the time to make sure you are stocked up with the following items:

Suggested Items for Your Hurricane Kit:

  • One gallon of water per person per day for five days
  • Two flashlights with batteries and spares (Use of candles, oil lamps or sterno is prohibited)
  • A five-day supply of non-perishable food that can be eaten without
    heating/cooking
  • A manually operated can opener
  • A 14-day supply of medications
  • Battery operated radio with extra batteries

Items Should You Need to Evacuate:

  • A three-day supply of food ready to take with you
  • Pillow, blanket, towels and wash cloths
  • Change of clothing
  • Three-day supply of personal medication
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Three gallons of drinking water per person
  • Manual can opener
  • Keys to your apartment or villa and automobile

Our Hurricane Coordinators will be contacting Senators/Alternates with updates. Also, stay tuned for further announcements on Channel 92 and your Website (www.JKVResidents.com).

Storm “Erika” Update – August 26, 2015

Storm “Erika” Update – August 26, 2015

Dear Residents,

As the storm “Erika” is developing in the Atlantic Ocean, be assured that John Knox Village Administration is tracking its progress. Our Emergency Response Team is meeting frequently to begin preparing in the event it makes landfall. In the meantime, now is the time to make sure you are stocked up with the following items:

Suggested Items for Your Hurricane Kit:

  • One gallon of water per person per day for five days
  • Two flashlights with batteries and spares (Use of candles, oil lamps or sterno is prohibited)
  • A five-day supply of non-perishable food that can be eaten without
    heating/cooking
  • A manually operated can opener
  • A 14-day supply of medications
  • Battery operated radio with extra batteries

Items Should You Need to Evacuate:

  • A three-day supply of food ready to take with you
  • Pillow, blanket, towels and wash cloths
  • Change of clothing
  • Three-day supply of personal medication
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Three gallons of drinking water per person
  • Manual can opener
  • Keys to your apartment or villa and automobile

Also, we have increased scheduled transportation to local stores to help you better prepare. As always, Friday there is bus service to Publix from 8 a.m. to noon and to Wal-Mart from 1-2:30 p.m. An additional Wal-Mart bus will be available this Thursday from 1-3 p.m. 

Stay tuned for further announcements on Channel 92 and this Website.

 

Hurricane Season 2015 – We Are Ready

According to an article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, when this hurricane literally “blew” into town it was the:

  • 22nd named storm of that hurricane season
  • 13th hurricane
  • 6th major hurricane (winds of 111 mph or greater)
  • 4th Category 5 hurricane
  • 2nd most destructive hurricane, cutting power to 6 million Florida residents, punching a sinkhole into I-95, severely damaging notable Broward structures including the County Courthouse, School Board and Templeton buildings
  • Cause of $9.2 billion in damages on more than one million insurance claims filed throughout the state.

Her name? Wilma. The date she hit Pompano Beach was Oct. 24, 2005.

While the above-mentioned numbers are quite staggering, perhaps most significant is that year—2005. Yes, we are going into our 10th season without a hurricane at John Knox Village.

IMG_9660“That timeframe just does not compute,” said Dan Jilek, our Safety and Risk Manager. “It does not make sense from an actuarial, scientific and numeric sense in any fashion for our area to go a whole decade without a hurricane. Before this present streak of good luck, the longest stretch has been five years. Historically, we average one hurricane visiting Florida every three years.”

Along with the decidedly enjoyable lag time since Wilma, residents can also take comfort in knowing that John Knox Village has a tried and tested Hurricane Response Plan as we head into the season, which runs from June 1-November 30.

As part of our plan, which has been officially approved by the Broward County Emergency Management Division, Dan works with our Hurricane Coordinators and Building Supervisors, a set of employees who are assigned to designated areas within John Knox Village. These employees work closely with residents to maintain communications and provide supplies prior to and after a possible storm.

Also, Dan sends questionnaires to each resident asking whether they plan to stay in their home with family or friends, relocate to the campus shelter (Village Centre Auditorium) or go off campus.

IMG_9665Our villa residents are required to evacuate if we expect at Category 2 or higher storm. Please return these questionnaires to your Cluster Senator shortly after you complete them.

Additionally, all residents are strongly encouraged to attend one of two informational meetings which will illustrate our efforts, as well as update residents to the intricacies of our Hurricane Response Plan. The meetings were held on Tuesday, May 26 at 10:30 a.m. for residents living in apartments and 2 p.m. for villa residents.

IMG_9664Yet another unique and effective way in which John Knox Village prepares for the season is taking part in “Hurricane Gerry!” Named after Chief Executive Officer Gerry Stryker, key employees participate in an intensive three-day mock hurricane—going through various possible scenarios and troubleshooting problems ahead of time to assure a secure community and the safety of all our residents

“While (the lack of storms) defies logic and we hope it continues for years to come, the calm before the storm season is the time for us to run through all of our preparations,” Dan said. “Now is the time for each resident to have his or her own personal plan; so please take the time to complete the questionnaires and return them to your Senators.”

For more information about the John Knox Village Hurricane Response Plan please feel free to contact our Human Resources Department at (954) 783-4016.

Suggested Items for Your Hurricane Kit:

  • One gallon of water per person per day for five days
  • Two flashlights with batteries and spares (Use of candles, oil lamps or sterno is prohibited)
  • A five-day supply of non-perishable food that can be eaten without heating/cooking
  • A manually operated can opener
  • A 14-day supply of medications
  • Battery operated radio with extra batteries

Items Should You Need to Evacuate:

  • A three-day supply of food ready to take with you
  • Pillow, blanket, towels and wash cloths
  • Change of clothing
  • Three-day supply of personal medication
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Three gallons of drinking water per person
  • Manual can opener
  • Keys to your apartment or villa and automobile