Fox11 reported that 41 residents of the Golden Living Center facility got an unwelcome surprise when a lightning strike caused a fire in the eastern ward. The home instituted emergency protocol and evacuated all of the residents. But the place the residents were placed wasn’t a community center or a hospital, but a school gym! The local elementary school gym was an ideal place to temporarily house 31 of the residents, while 10 stayed with family members. The Red Cross provided blankets, cots, and other assistance. The Florence community also played a large role in providing assistance to the home and its residents. Their stay in the gym will be a short one, but the easy transition, the outreach, and support demonstrate how the community can be just as important in helping in emergency situations as the corporate management companies which organize protocols.

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