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Emergency Management Agencies Offer Hurricane Safety Reminders During Pandemic

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Published: Aug. 4, 2020 at 5:04 PM CDT
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GENEVA COUNTY, Ala. (WTVY) - It’s been a busy Atlantic hurricane season so far in 2020. And Emergency Management officials have been dealing with two storms: the coronavirus pandemic and hurricane season.

A record number of nine tropical storms have formed before August 1st this year. While none have entered the Wiregrass yet, it’s only a matter of time before one could cause major damage.

“Here we are in an unprecedented time of COVID, but we’re dealing with hurricane season,” Geneva County EMA Director Eric Johnson said.

With increases in coronavirus cases, the way your community is planning for hurricane season may look a little different due to the pandemic. Johnson says that includes available shelters and social distancing.

“If we can do it, ideally, we will separate and we will distance as we can. But the number one priority of course, common sense, get to your shelter, have your mask, don’t be touching,” Johnson said.

He warns it’s important to have an emergency kit ready should you need to leave quickly. Your kits should include normal items, like: extra clothing, shoes and blankets; personal needs; medications; important paperwork; cash; phone chargers; extra batteries; a NOAA Radio with extra batteries; and things for your pets.

You should also have masks and hand sanitizer, as well.

And if you live in a mobile home, you should have a plan place so that you know where you need to go to remain safe. Johnson says the list of available shelters in Geneva County is changing.

“If you can’t go to a shelter, make sure you’re going to your neighbor, you might go to another relative that has a very stay-safe and sturdy home,” Johnson said. “Plan now so that you can get ahead of the game.

Hurricane season runs through November 30th.

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