Coronavirus changes how to prepare for Hurricane Season

The American Red Cross suggests planning ahead for this hurricane season as Coronavirus changes preparation and response this year.

Posted: Jul 22, 2020 4:38 PM
Updated: Jul 23, 2020 9:31 AM

With August just around the corner we are getting close to the peak of hurricane season but with Coronavirus cases rampant across the state how will this affect how we prepare for storms?
Talking to Katy Sandusky from the American Red Cross, she highlighted some things such as masks or hand sanitizer that you might need this year compared to a normal year for your hurricane preparedness kit.
When it comes to evacuating for a storm you should still listen to government officials for the most up to date advice but when it comes to sheltering the American Red Cross is making changes in how it takes in evacuees.

“We’ve moved to a non-congregate model when people are displaced from disasters and so that means we are looking at hotel rooms and things of that nature. Now, if we do have a larger scale disaster; we have more people displaced we might move to a congregate shelter model but,it will still look different than it has in the past years because we need to take things into consideration like social distancing.”

Katy says that they have used technology more now as a way to make sure people are being taken care of after disasters and that it has been a good way to continue to provide help for those in need.

If you would like to volunteer with the Red Cross you can visit: https://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer.html

For hurricane preparedness: https://www.getagameplan.org/

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