During these unprecedented times, it is important to remember disasters won’t wait. As we continue our efforts with the whole of America to respond to and recover from coronavirus (COVID-19), we are also leaning forward and preparing for the upcoming hurricane season.
Tropical Storms Arthur and Bertha have already been named, and we can’t predict if Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard, or Fay will be the next named hurricane to impact the mid-Atlantic in 2020.
“We continue to work with all of our partners to prepare for the 2020 hurricane season,” stated MaryAnn Tierney, FEMA Region 3 Regional Administrator. “As past hurricane seasons have shown us, it only takes one major hurricane to impact a community or state and cause widespread damage. Take time to prepare yourself – consider purchasing flood insurance to protect your property, know your community’s plans for hurricanes, and plan for what you’ll do if a hurricane is forecast.”
Additionally, COVID-19 may potentially influence your hurricane evacuation and sheltering plans. It is important that individuals and families act now to prepare for the 2020 hurricane season.
Along with our partners, FEMA has also taken steps to prepare for hurricane season in a COVID-19 environment. On May 20, FEMA released “COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season” to help emergency managers and public health officials best prepare for disasters, while continuing to respond to and recover from coronavirus (COVID-19).
The guidance can also be used by private sector and non-governmental organizations to gain an understanding of the government’s posture, planning and readiness efforts.
Visit Floodsmart.gov for more information.