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Senior living community prepares for severe weather season

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With severe weather season, it's important to remember older Iowans who may not be able to get to a basement shelter during a storm. 

Staff at Summit Pointe Senior Living in Marion spent the day training for emergencies including severe weather. 

"Staff is all equipt with flashlights just in case of a power outage and are trained on where to go and where to move any tenants that might need oxygen, says Sara Kuempel, Executive Director. 

During severe weather watches common areas are cleared and tenants are informed but when warnings come in additional measures are taken.  

"We would then start going around to every tenant's rooms to make them aware, we lock all of our elevators at that time in case there is a power outage," Kuempel says. 

Summit Pointe is a concrete building so instead of moving more than 100 seniors to a basement, residents are able to stay in their rooms and find shelter in their bathroom or a hallway. 

Staff also practiced using fire extinguishers. 

"You know the faster the staff or anybody else can get to putting a fire out the less smoke production and the less risk to lives," says Shawn Fluharty, Captain at the Marion Fire Department. 

In addition to severe weather and fire procedures staff trained on what to do if one of the people in their care turns up missing. 

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