The combination of stress from the uncertainty of a global pandemic, coupled with the potential of an active hurricane may seem overwhelming. However, people living in environments that are prone to tropical storms are strongly encouraged to make the same preparations they normally would to combat a hurricane, but with a few changes.
This year, people should be more alert than ever for hurricanes. The experts have predicted that you should be ready for a 60% chance of an above-average hurricane season. They are predicting that three to six storms could turn into major, devastating hurricanes that may range anywhere from category 3 to 5.
It is clear that it has never been more vital that we continue to focus on minimizing the impact of the novel coronavirus and do everything in our power to keep it from spreading, but it is also important to apply the necessary precautions for hurricane season. Here are a few ways you can prepare for the possibility of tropical storms.
- Be sure to sign up for all warnings and alerts from your state and county.
- Be sure you have a thorough plan for your residence and your place of work. You never know when disaster will strike, be sure that you have a backup plan in the case your primary plan falls through.
- Form a network. You do not have to plan alone, be sure to communicate with your neighbors and members of the community. You will have more options and peace of mind if you are united with those around you.
- Memorize all of the hurricane evacuation zones. Be certain that you and your loved ones are aware where the hurricane evacuation zones are located.
- Practice running through your plans and practice emergency drills on a frequent basis. It is essential that all parties know their role, and the plan.
- Collect all necessary emergency supplies. A good rule of thumb is to be overprepared, rather than underprepared.
- Safeguard your home by making all of the preparations that your home needs to survive a hurricane, such as boarding up the doors and windows.
- Spread the word. Once you have learned how to stay safe during a hurricane, it is your duty to spread the word, it could save lives.