What's different with hurricane evacuations and sheltering during pandemic


The 2020 hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, will have additional challenges with COVID-19 still in play. 

In lieu of this reality,Ready NC has released some tips to help people prepare and plan accordingly. 

Be sure that you Plan, Prepare and Stay Informed in the months a head. Learn more from our news partners at WFMY NEWS 2

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If you must go to a shelter, follow the CDC guidance to lower the risk of spreading infection:

  • Practice social distancing. Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people outside of your household.
  • Wash your hands often, cover coughs and sneezes, and follow shelter policies for wearing cloth face coverings. Avoid sharing food and drink with anyone if possible.
  • Follow disaster shelter policies and procedures designed to protect everyone in the shelter, particularly older adults (65 and older) and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions. These people are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Avoid touching high-touch surfaces, such as handrails, as much as possible. If not possible, wash hands or use hand sanitizers immediately after you touch these surfaces.
  • Keep your living area clean and disinfect frequently-touched items such as toys, cellphones, and other electronics.
  • If you feel sick when you arrive at the shelter or start to feel sick while sheltering, tell shelter staff immediately.

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