How to Stay Safe During The Storm and COVID-19

Jul 6, 2021

Since the 2021 storm season occurs during a period when COVID-19 has not yet been fully controlled, the storm season and other potential disasters may bring pressure. Therefore, more attention needs to be paid to safety. To help you prepare, evacuate, and cover the storm safely, while protecting yourself and others from COVID-19. We provide some advice that may help you and your family stay safe during this years storm season.

What can we do before the storm comes?

Please note that due to the need to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, what you need to do will be different.

Prepare your more emergency food, water and medicine than usual. Online shopping is the safest choice for purchasing disaster relief supplies. However, this may not be everyone's choice. If shopping in person is your only option, take steps to protect your health and the health of others.

When prescribing, please register for mail order or call your prescription in advance, and use the self-driving window or roadside pick-up. Try to avoid personally visiting the pharmacy to protect yourself and others.

Please pay attention to local guidelines regarding evacuation and shelter renewal plans.

When you check your neighbors and friends, be sure to follow the social evacuation advice (keep a distance of at least 6 feet from others) and other safety advice to protect yourself and others.

What can be done in an emergency evacuation?

If you may need to evacuate urgently, please prepare some personal belongings, including your personal belongings, in case of emergency. Include items that help protect you and others from COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer, soap, disinfectant wipes (if available), and masks. Children under 2 years of age, those who have difficulty breathing, are unconscious, incapacitated, or cannot remove the mask without help should not use a mask.

Find out if the local public shelter is open, just in case you need to evacuate the house and go there. Since COVID-19 is not fully controlled, your shelter location may be different this year.

If you need to go to a shelter, follow the advice of emergency response experts to stay safe and healthy in a public shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic. When and where to evacuate, please follow the instructions of local public health or emergency management personnel.

Make plans for pets and prepare disaster prevention equipment. Find out if your shelter accepts pets. Usually, when pets are placed in shelters, they will be placed in a separate area from people.

Please observe the safety precautions when using transportation to evacuate. If you must leave the community to evacuate, please take care to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

How to stay with friends and family safely?

If you want to avoid the storm with your friends or family, it is best to discuss with them how to best protect yourself from COVID-19. Consider whether anyone is more likely to contract COVID-19, including elderly people or people of any age with basic medical conditions. Make sure everyone knows how to keep them away from COVID-19. Follow daily precautions, including covering up coughing and sneezing, washing your hands frequently, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands. Of course, if you have all been vaccinated, the possibility of infection can be greatly reduced.

How to avoid security issues after the storm?

In addition to following the guidelines for keeping safe after the wind, please note:

· You should continue to take precautions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, such as washing your hands when cleaning or going home.

· If there is a power failure and a generator needs to be used, please take measures to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

· If you are injured or sick, please contact your healthcare provider for treatment advice.

· It is natural to feel anxious, sad, and worried. Respond to these feelings and seek help when needed.

· After the storm, it is not uncommon for rats and other pests try to enter your house or building. Pests like to stay in damp places, so if necessary, please contact the flood maintenance company or use professional dehumidification equipment to help repair your house.