Journalism and Mass Communications, College of


First Advisor

John Bender

Second Advisor

Jerry Renaud

Third Advisor

Mary Quinlan

Date of this Version


Document Type



Sheehan, P. (2019). Florida’s public records law: Its role in a tragedy during Hurricane Irma. Final Master's Project; University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Journalism and Mass Communication, November 13, 2019.

Copyright (c) 2019 Patrick Sheehan


The Facts:On September 10, 2017, Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida, and wreaked havoc across the state causing structural damage, flooding, and power outages. Among those effected by the power outage was the Hollywood Hills Rehabilitation Center, a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida. In preparation of the impending storm, the governor of Florida, Rick Scott, held “teleconference calls (Spencer, Kennedy, Licon, & Associated Press, 2018),”with nursing home and hospital officials, as well as emergency managers. During these conference calls, Scott gave top nursing home executives his personal cell phone number and told these executives should they experience any issues, they should call him, and he would work to resolve their problem (Defede, 2017)

Advisors: John Bender, Jerry Renaud and Mary Quinlan