2020 Hurricane Season: Are You Prepared?

Posted on 07/10/20

The 2020 Hurricane Season is in full swing, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting an above-normal season. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. Being prepared can help you and your family minimize the impact of the storm. The best way time to start is before the threat is imminent. Here's what you need to know.

Your planning may be different this year because of the need to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued new guidance on how to plan for a storm during a pandemic. You can find it here: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/covid-19/public-disaster-shelter-during-covid.html

You’ll want to plan for your needs if you have to shelter at home (7 days worth of supplies), and a go-bag in case you need to get on the road (3 days worth of supplies)

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Pack Your 'Go Bag'
A “Go Bag” will help you be ready to run at a moment’s notice. In addition to your essential items, it should include items that help protect you and others from COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer, or bar or liquid soap. It should also include two cloth face coverings per person. Learn more here: https://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2017/packing-your-emergency-preparedness-kit-fd.html

AARP 50+ Emergency Preparedness Checklist
You can download this helpful checklist here: Emergency Preparedness Checklist

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Generator Safety
Portable back-up generators are a great option when the electricity fails, but they also produce the poisonous gas carbon monoxide (CO). CO is an odorless, colorless gas that kills without warning. According to the CDC, CO claims the lives of hundreds of people every year and makes thousands more ill. Here are a few tips from the CDC:

  • Never use a generator in your home or garage, even if doors and windows are open.
  • Only use generators outside, more than 20 feet away from your home, doors, or windows.
  • Install battery-operated or battery back-up CO detectors near every sleeping area in your home.
  • Check CO detectors regularly to be sure they are functioning properly.
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Protecting Your Personal Documents
Protecting your important documents during a hurricane is essential. Here’s a quick tip. Place documents in a zip-top sealed plastic bag. You can also give extra copies of your records to a trusted family or friend that lives out of the area, so you will have a copy in a safe place. Secure online cloud storage is also another option.

Staying in the know
Knowing your risks is half the battle. The other half is knowing when something is happening or about to happen, but you can take steps to protect yourself. Being plugged into information sources will help provide you with the information and alerts to act quickly.

National sources:
FEMA and Red Cross Emergency apps are free and particularly helpful because they allow you to track severe weather alerts for multiple locations, have a wealth of preparedness info, and in the event of a disaster, can help you locate nearby shelters or disaster recovery centers.

You can download the FREE Red Cross and FEMA Mobile Apps in the Apple App Store or Google Play.

American Red Cross of Louisiana
Get a Game Plan
State Of Louisiana Governors Office of Homeland Security (GOHSEP)
National Hurricane Center
National Weather Service

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