How should residents prepare during COVID-19 times?
The biggest challenge with COVID-19 and hurricane season is setting up safe sheltering while still practicing social distancing. This is not an easy task when many times people are set up in a school’s gym all together. Emergency management officials are looking for ways to perhaps provide more space for people to shelter, but they say that shelters, as usual, should be your last resort. This is stressed even more while the coronavirus is latent in our communities.
Now is the time to think about what you would do if you live along the coast. Where would you go in case of an evacuation order? Do you still have a safe place to use as a shelter? Would your family and friends farther inland be willing to take you in while there is a virus going around? Would you have to go to a shelter? Perhaps, there is another option, like a hotel.
Hurricane season officially starts on June 1. Now is the time to review your emergency preparedness plans.