How to prepare for hurricane season during the COVID-19 pandemic


How to prepare for hurricane season during the COVID-19 pandemic

As if a pandemic isn’t challenging enough, forecasters are expecting a busy Atlantic hurricane season.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is expecting up to 10 hurricanes, including three to six major hurricanes with winds in excess of 111 mph. 
Because this year’s hurricane season, which began on Monday, June 1, and continues through Nov. 30, coincides with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to prepare differently than in the past.

Gather supplies

As always, make sure you have the standard items in your emergency supply kit, including at least three days’ worth of water and non-perishable food for each member of your family, a battery-powered radio, flashlight, first aid kit, extra batteries, a manual can opener, medications, pet supplies, important paperwork in a waterproof container and cash or traveler’s checks and change.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also recommending people include items to help protect themselves and others from COVID-19, such as disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, soap and two cloth face coverings for each person older than age 2.

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If possible, consider home delivery to order supplies, including prescription medications, to limit interactions with others. If you need to visit a pharmacy or other location, be sure to take precautionary measures help protect yourself and others.
Because of limited availability of some supplies, begin building your emergency supply kit early. Be mindful that not everyone can afford to stock up on necessities. For those who can afford it, making essential purchases in advance will allow for longer time periods between shopping trips and help protect those who are unable to procure essentials in advance of a hurricane and must shop more frequently.

Know where you'll go

Consider where you will stay in case of an evacuation order in your area. Staying in a hotel or with family or friends far inland are the best options to protect yourself from COVID-19 and the storm, according to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. Consider a backup plan in case someone you were planning to stay with becomes ill.

Check on loved ones and neighbors

Be sure to check on neighbors and loved ones to make sure they are prepared for the hurricane season, but make sure to follow social distancing guidelines and other precautions when you do so.
For more information on hurricane preparedness, visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s website by clicking here. 

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