MEMA: COVID-19 Should Be Part Of Your Hurricane Prep

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The pandemic brings a whole new set of concerns when it comes to hurricane preparation.

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency says beyond the usual prep – such as having an evacuation route and plan and keeping water, food and critical supplies on hand – masks, hand sanitizer and other such supplies should also be part of your emergency kit.

The agency is also working with shelters to develop a plan to keep social distancing in place should evacuees come in.

Here are more tips from Somerset County Emergency Services:

  • If you must evacuate, bring items such as hand sanitizer, cleaning materials, and two cloth face coverings per person. Children under 2 years old, people who have trouble breathing, and people who cannot take the cloth face covering off without help should not wear cloth face coverings.
  • Pay attention to emergency information and alerts.
  • Determine your best protection for high winds and flooding.
  • Keep in mind that your best protection from the effects of a hurricane may differ from your best protection from disease.
  • Unless you live in an evacuation zone, make a plan to shelter-in-place in your home, if it is safe to do so.
  • If you live in a mandatory evacuation zone, make a plan with friends or family to shelter with them where you will be safer and more comfortable.
  • Check with local authorities for the latest information about public evacuation shelters.
  • Only use outdoor generators that are at least 20 feet away from your home and away from windows, doors, and vents.
  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.