Hurricane Season During COVID-19
Hurricane season has started. Planning for hurricane season can be stressful especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some tips to help you and your family stay safe during hurricane season this year.
- Give yourself more time than usual to prepare your emergency food, water and medicine supplies.
- Follow local guidance about updated plans for evacuations and shelters.
- If you need to evacuate prepare a “go kit” with personal items you can’t do without during an emergency. Include items that can help protect you and others from COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer, cloth face coverings, and disinfectant wipes.
- When you check on friends and neighbors, follow social distancing recommendations and other CDC recommendations to protect yourself and others.
If you need to stay home:
- Keep your emergency supply kit in a place you can easily access.
- Listen to the radio or TV for updates on the hurricane.
- Stay inside. Even if it looks calm, don’t go outside. Wait until you hear or see an official message that the hurricane is over. Sometimes, weather gets calm in the middle of a storm but then quickly gets bad again.
- Stay away from windows—you could get hurt by pieces of broken glass or flying debris during a storm. Stay in a room with no windows, or go inside a closet.
- Be ready to leave. If emergency authorities order you to leave or if your home is damaged, you may need to go to a shelter or a neighbor’s house.
Get your car ready.
Make sure your car is ready before the storm hits.
- Fill your car’s gas tank.
- Move cars and trucks into your garage or under cover.
- Always keep an emergency kit in your car.