Believe it or not, June 1st marked the beginning of the 2020 North American hurricane season. It seems like it just ended, doesn’t it? (It actually ended on November 30.) Time is flying, especially during the pandemic with my two little kids!
In case you’re wondering, this year’s storm names are: Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hanna, Isaias, Josephine, Kyle, Laura, Marco, Nana, Omar, Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy, Vicky, and Wilfred. This hurricane season is forecasted to be active, which isn’t ever good but especially this year with COVID-19. So what can you do? Here’s a list of hurricane preparation tips direct from the CDC, which notes that “your planning may be different this year because of the need to protect yourself and others from COVID-19”:
- Give yourself more time than usual to prepare your emergency food, water, and medicine supplies. Home delivery is the safest choice for buying disaster supplies; however, that may not be an option for everyone. If in-person shopping is your only choice, take steps to protect your and others’ health when running essential errands.
- Protect yourself and others when filling prescriptions by limiting in-person visits to the pharmacy. Sign up for mail order delivery or call in your prescription ahead of time and use drive-through windows or curbside pickup, if available.
- Pay attention to local guidance about updated plans for evacuations and shelters, including potential shelters for your pets.
- If you need to evacuate, prepare a “go kit” with personal items you cannot do without during an emergency. Include items that can help protect you and others from COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer, or bar or liquid soap if not available, and two cloth face coverings for each person. Face covers should not be used by children under the age of 2. They also should not be used by people having trouble breathing, or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- When you check on neighbors and friends, be sure to follow social distancing recommendations (staying at least 6 feet, about 2 arms’ length, from others) and other CDC recommendations to protect yourself and others.
- If you need to go to a disaster shelter, follow CDC recommendations for staying safe and healthy in a public disaster shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.
More help during hurricane season
- How to Survive a Hurricane in a Hotel Room
- You Must Buy Travel Insurance Before a Hurricane Is Named
- The Hurricane App That Floridians and Others Use
- Booking My Dad a Flight out of Florida Ahead of Hurricane Dorian
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