Irma Update

There is no doubt that Hurricane Irma caused much damage to the state of Florida, and created a tremendous amount of stress, anxiety and concern for its citizens and visitors alike.

We sincerely hope that everyone stayed safe during the storm, and have since been able to get in touch with your loved ones.

Moreover, we owe an enormous debt of gratitude to our devoted team members who worked tirelessly and selflessly to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our residents. The way in which we all came together to prepare for and respond to Hurricane Irma strengthened our team and resident bonds even more so.

Now that the storm has passed, the Sabal Palms family is looking forward to sunny skies ahead! We are happy to have returned to our daily activities as normal. We would like to extend a thank you to all family members, friends and others for checking our updates on the website and Facebook page during the storm, as well as your patience.

During natural disasters as well as the everyday, we are dedicated to providing residents with support, care and services, ensuring their safety 24/7. If you have a friend or loved one who may be interested in our community or require additional care, we invite you to contact us directly at 727-586-4211.

Hurricane Irma Preparedness

The safety and well-being of our residents and employees is our highest priority. We have a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan in place, and are equipped with water, food, permanent or temporary generators, and supplies. Appropriate actions are being taken and will continue to be taken in order to keep everyone safe as we watch the storm closely. Our leadership is in close communication with our management company’s executive leadership team. Directions provided by local and state authorities are being monitored and will be followed as instructed.

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Hurricane Irma Updates

Latest updates in response to Hurricane Irma will be posted on this page. If you have any specific questions, please call our community at 727-586-4211.


Friday, September 15th @ 3:10pm EDT.

Sabal Palms has been fully operational now for more than 24 hours. This will be our last update. We would like to extend a thank you to all family members, friends and others for visiting this page for updates, as well as your patience. Please contact us directly with any further questions.

Thursday, September 14th @ 12:10pm EDT.

We happy to report that the phone lines at our community are currently in the process of being restored. We hope our communications will be fully operational by end of day.

Wednesday, September 13th @ 1:25pm EDT.

Note from our Executive Director, Mark Moyer: We continue to wait for phone lines to be restored. Otherwise, all is good and again, the team is nothing less than amazing.

Tuesday, September 12th @ 10:35am EDT.

Note from our Executive Director, Mark Moyer: We are happy to inform you that power has been restored at our community. Our generator ran throughout last night. Telephone and data communications are still down, and cell phone coverage is spotty. We have calls placed into the telecommunication companies to check our status. We appreciate your patience as communications are restored.

Monday, September 11th @ 4:52pm EDT.

From our Executive Director, Mark Moyer: I am pleased to report that we have adequate staff, and everyone remains safe and content. We are currently still running the generator and phone lines are down. Would like to share with families that generator is being used to power essentials, such as air conditioners and other equipment. Charging cell phones comes as a second priority. We will keep families updated as often as possible through website and Facebook updates.

Monday, September 11th @ 5:13am EDT.

Note from our Executive Director, Mark Moyer: A band of heavy rain and high winds have moved in as storm tracked back into Tampa. We still have power. We have seen just a few leaks around the building. We are blessed that all are safe. Our Department Heads, Nurses, Dietary Maintenance Teams and all other team members have been truly amazing.

Sunday, September 10th @ 5:05pm EDT.

Note from our Executive Director, Mark Moyer: “Some wind and rain at this time. All remain in good spirits and all is calm. We are fortunate to be well staffed with our dedicated team members. Sabal Palms will be on lockdown at 6:00 p.m.”

Sunday, September 10th @ 11:20am EDT.

  • Residents, staff and families are going about their normal activities. All is calm.
  • We are prepared on all fronts.

Saturday, September 9th @ 10:00pm EDT.

  • Wind is picking up, we are fully operational.
  • All staff is checked-in and all residents are comfortable.

Saturday, September 9th @ 3:00pm EDT.

  • Maintenance team and leadership are on-site making rounds and performing final preparations.
  • At this time, weather is sunny with a light breeze. Residents are calm.

Friday, September 8th @ 2:27pm EDT.

  • Depending on the situation, Sabal Palms Health Care residents may need to be moved safety to a higher floor. Ample food, beverages, water, and activities are available at each floor.
  • On Saturday, 9/9, Executive Leadership will make the decision as to whether children on ventilator care will be moved to local hospital.
  • Additional staff members and volunteers are reporting to work and plan to stay through the events of the storm to ensure the safety, comfort and wellbeing of all residents.
  • Nursing staff is prepared to communicate using battery operated walkie-talkies to ensure we can continue meet residents’ needs.
  • All of the residents’ pertinent medical information is printed and available in the case of a power outage.