Preparing for the 2020 hurricane season or severe storms during the COVID – 19 pandemic requires more planning than usual.
First, make a “go kit” – a bag you can grab and go should you need to evacuate! Pack a kit for each household member and pet with a 2-week supply of emergency food, water, medicine and a thermometer for storing refrigerated medicines, flashlights, chargers, cell phones, close contacts list, important documents (unless you store these in the cloud) and personal items. Since the pandemic, you should pack hand sanitizer and/or hand wipes, gloves, disinfectant/disinfectant wipes, soap, and at least 2 masks per person for people older than two years.
If you are exempt from wearing a mask for medical or behavioral reasons, discuss how to manage community requests with your health care provider. If you require specialized care, discuss potential shelter, hospitalization or other options with your health care provider well in advance of approaching storms.
Check with your town hall to learn about shelter admission policies since COVID – 19, occupancy limits, and perhaps new locations for both people and pets. Bring copies of veterinary records such as a rabies certificate and vaccines, certificates of adoption or ownership, photos of you and your pet, and consider getting a microchip for your pet.