Florida governor's cellphone was bottleneck in Irma response
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — An Associated Press analysis shows Florida Gov. Rick Scott may have delayed aid to nursing homes by telling their administrators to call his cellphone if they needed help when Hurricane Irma hit the state in September.
About 120 nursing home representatives called into his voicemail. An aide listened to the recordings, took note of names, numbers and problems, and emailed the information to other aides to get them contacted.
Some of these administrators told The Associated Press that Scott deserves credit for getting them help after the storm, but others say the cumbersome process may have slowed their recovery and encouraged unrealistic and possibly dangerous expectations, since power outages were clearly beyond a governor's control.