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Especially now, preparation is vital in hurricane season

Especially now, preparation is vital in hurricane season

Disaster Recovery

1. FEMA’s Updated COVID-19 Preparation Guidelines
FEMA continues to coordinate with state, local, tribal, and territorial officials, along with the private sector, to share operational guidance and to encourage hurricane planning that reflects public health guidelines. While many preparedness tools available to you are the same, certain actions may look different while COVID-19 remains a concern. FEMA has updated guidelines for preparing for hurricane season.

2. Make an Emergency Plan
Make sure everyone in your household knows and understands your hurricane plan. Discuss the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on COVID-19 and how it may affect your hurricane planning. Don’t forget a plan for your church and church structure.

3. Gather Hurricane Supplies and COVID-19 Supplies
“Because of COVID-19, this spring has been like nothing we’ve ever experienced. Now we find ourselves in hurricane season, realizing that in addition to our usual list of hurricane supplies, we need to add pandemic supplies – masks, disposable gloves, antibacterial, disinfectants, soap and yes, even toilet paper! We cannot take for granted that these will be available after a storm. And just like any other season, we can’t help others if we haven’t prepared ourselves. This year, preparation takes on a whole new meaning as we live into social distancing and heightened awareness of cleanliness and sanitary practices to help stop the spread.” – Pam Garrison, Disaster Response Coordinator, Office of Missional Engagement

4. Know Your Evacuation Route
Check with local officials about updated evacuation shelters for this year. You should note that your regular shelter may not be open this year due to COVID-19. If you evacuate to a community shelter, follow the latest guidelines from the CDC.

5. Evacuation Safety, If You Have To Evacuate
If you are able, bring items that can help protect you and others in the shelter from COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer, cleaning materials, and two cloth face coverings per person. Children under two years old and people who have trouble breathing should not wear cloth face coverings. While at the shelter, be sure to wash your hands regularly. If possible, be sure to maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet of space between you and people who aren’t members of your household.

--All information sourced from FEMA

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