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Before the Hurricane

Hurricane Preparedness and COVID-19

In the case of a hurricane, local emergency management and Red Cross officials nationwide remain committed to upholding COVID-19 and social distancing practices in shelters. Below are additional precautions we recommend the general public observe if required to evacuate to a shelter.

  • Be aware of your local emergency management agency’s shelter guidance.
  • Bring with you an ample supply of masks, latex gloves, and medications.
  • If applicable, bring with you COVID testing results to present to shelter medical staff.
  • If you have not been tested for COVID, officials may administer the test to you at the shelter.
  • Medical staff will isolate those who test positive for the virus from other persons at the shelter.
  • While at the shelter, practice social distancing to keep you, your family, and others at the shelter safe.
  • Be sure to register at the shelter once you have found one that can accommodate you.

Before the Hurricane - Have a Plan

During and after a hurricane, you may need supplies to keep your family safe and healthy. Remember that a hurricane could cut off your power and water supply. You also may not be able to drive because of damage to your car. Roads may be flooded or blocked.

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Your Home

  • Clear your yard. Make sure there’s nothing that could blow around during the storm and damage your home. Move bikes, lawn furniture, grills, propane tanks, and building material inside or under shelter.
  • Cover up windows and doors. Use storm shutters or nail pieces of plywood to the outside window frames to protect your windows.
  • Cover windows with storm shutters or plywood.
  • Know how to turn off your gas, electricity, and water in case you need to evacuate.
  • Be ready to turn off your power. If you see flooding, downed power lines, or you have to leave your home, switch your power off.
  • Fill clean water containers with drinking water. You’ll want to do this in case you lose your water supply during the storm. You can also fill up your sinks and bathtubs with water for washing.
  • Check your carbon monoxide (CO) detector’s battery to prevent CO poisoning.
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Your Car

  • Prepare your car. Fill your car’s gas tank, move your vehicle into a garage or somewhere under cover and keep an emergency kit in your glove compartment. If you don’t own a car, or are unable to drive, consider making plans with friends or family or call authorities to get a ride if you need to evacuate.
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Your Pets

  • Pre-identify shelters, a pet-friendly hotel, or an out-of-town friend or relative where you can take your pets in an evacuation. Local animal shelters may be able to offer advice on what to do with your pets if you are asked to evacuate your home.
  • CLICK HERE to access the ASPCA’s emergency pet care recommendations.

Make a Hurricane Emergency Kit

Before the Hurricane - Have a plan

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An emergency food and water supply.

  • Nonperishable and ready-to-eat food, including specialty foods—such as nutrition drinks and ready-to-feed formula—for infants, people with dietary restrictions, food allergies and sensitivities, and medical conditions such as diabetes.

  • Store at least 1 gallon of water per day for each person and each pet. You should consider storing more water than this for hot climates, for pregnant women, and for persons who are sick.

  • Store at least a 3-day supply of water for each person and each pet. Try to store a 2-week supply, if possible.

  • Observe the expiration date for store-bought water. Replace non-store-bought water every 6 months.

  • Store a bottle of unscented liquid household chlorine bleach (label should say it contains between 5-6% of sodium hypochlorite) to disinfect your water, if necessary, and to use for general cleaning and sanitizing.

  • CLICK HERE to access the Department of Homeland Security’s emergency food supply recommendations.

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An emergency medicine supply.

  • Make an appointment to talk to your Conviva physician about creating an emergency supply of essential medications.

  • Keep three months of your prescription medications at hand.

  • An up-to-date list of all prescription medications that also includes information on diagnosis, dosage, frequency, medical supply needs, and known allergies.

  • Nonprescription drugs, including pain and fever relievers, diuretics, antihistamines, and antidiarrheal medications.

  • A cooler and chemical ice packs for storing and keeping medicines cold in a power outage.

  • CLICK HERE to access the CDC’s emergency prescription recommendations.

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Emergency power sources

  • Emergency power sources such as flashlights (don’t forget extra batteries).

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Import Document

  • Important documents, including medical documents, wills, passports, and personal identification. CLICK HERE to access the CDC’s emergency paperwork recommendations.

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A fire extinguisher

  • A fire extinguisher. Make sure your family knows where to find it and how to use it! CLICK HERE to access the National Fire Protection Association’s tips for using fire extinguishers.