Florida Residents Urged to Begin Preparation Now for Weekend Arrival of Hurricane Isaias
As the ninth cyclone of the season continues to gain momentum in the Atlantic, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is encouraging residents to gather seven days of disaster supplies in preparation of Hurricane Isaias. While still a tropical storm, Isaias battered Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The storm left approximately 300,000 – 400,000 people without power in Puerto Rico after striking. Isaias is expected to increase to a Category 2 storm as it crosses the Bahamas.
Governor DeSantis has declared a state of emergency in all Florida coastal counties on the east coast. The storm is currently expected to arrive near the South Florida coastline Saturday.
Stocking up on Supply Kit Essentials
With Governor De Santis advising a 7-day disaster supply kit, below is a list of suggested items as found on the Ready.gov website. Items should be stored in airtight plastic bags and placed in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.
Water (one gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitation)
Food ( non-perishable food kept in a cool, dry location)
Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
First aid kit
Whistle (to signal for help)
Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
Manual can opener (for food)
Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
Download the Recommended Supplies List (PDF)
Additional Emergency Supplies
The CDC recommends the following additional items to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases.
Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
Matches in a waterproof container
Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
Paper and pencil
Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
It’s also recommended to have multiple kits, as you don’t know where you will be when an emergency happens. Compile kits for the following locations:
Home: Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.
Work: Be prepared to shelter at work for at least 24 hours. Your work kit should include food, water and other necessities like medicines, as well as comfortable walking shoes, stored in a “grab and go” case.
Car: In case you are stranded, keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car.
Hurricane Shelter Plan Strengthening as Storm Approaches
With COVID-19 a continuing concern regarding safe distancing at shelters, as of July 18, more than 500 hotels have signed on as shelters during the hurricane season in which evacuees would be assigned their own rooms. The state’s goal is participation by 1,000 hotels. FEMA will be billed for the cost of the rooms. Along with storm evacuees, the hotel shelters could house first responders.
In an effort to help minimize the virus spread, hotel shelter protocol will include mask requirements and temperature checks for all evacuees and an isolation room for those with a fever or symptoms associated with COVID-19.
For ongoing updates visit https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at4+shtml/115313.shtml?cone#contents.
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