According to the National Hurricane Center, Bertha, the second named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, has made landfall along the coast of South Carolina approximately 20 miles east of Charleston.
Hurricane season doesn’t officially begin until June 1 and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting above-normal storm activity with as many as six major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or higher.
The time to get ready is now and because of COVID-19, getting prepared will look a little different than in other years. Disasters won’t stop, even during a pandemic. Hurricanes cause problems for people in coastal areas. But these storms can also cause damage hundreds of miles inland. People living inland should get ready too.
With that thinking in mind, the American Red Cross has tips to help you.
MAKE A PLAN In light of the coronavirus, you may have to adjust any previous plans you made. You may need to leave your home quickly and travel to a safe place outside the affected area. If authorities advise you to evacuate, be prepared to leave immediately with your evacuation kit (“go bag” of emergency supplies).
BUILD A KIT Assemble two kits of emergency supplies and a one-month supply of prescription medication. Start with this basic supply list:
Some supplies may be hard to get, and availability will worsen in a disaster, so start gathering supplies now.
BE INFORMED Have access to weather alerts and community notifications. Be sure that you can receive official notifications even during a power outage. Always follow the directions of your state and local authorities.
Take a First Aid and CPR/Course online to learn what to do in case emergency help is delayed. Download the Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to weather alerts for your area and where loved ones live. Expert medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the First Aid App in case travelers encounter any mishaps. These apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.
Visit redcross.org/hurricane for full information about what to do before, during and after a hurricane.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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