Weather experts say high demands for supplies and low amounts of essential items due to COVID-19 could make preparing for hurricane season far more difficult. According to the National Weather Service, predictions for this year’s Atlantic hurricane season have surfaced, and unfortunately, it’s not good. Weather experts have determined that this year could be one of the worst hurricane seasons on record, with potentially 20 named storms.
Here are ways you can get prepared now for the hurricane season ahead:
Know your evacuation zone and develop an evacuation plan
Your county website will have information on shelters near your home, evacuation routes, and the danger of flooding based on your home address. The Hillsborough County website has a printable evacuation map that you should have printed and placed with your emergency preparation kit.
Assemble your emergency preparation kit
Having a disaster supply kit ready is important to save you the time of being tied up in long lines at the grocery store and possibly forgetting something that is important. See a list of suggested items here:
- a flashlight
- first aid supplies
- jugs of water
- non-perishable snacks like protein bars
- copies of your critical information
Ready.gov, tells you what you how to be prepared when a hurricane is coming your way. Hurricane season starts June 1 and runs through November 30.