From: Padraic E. “Pat” Mulvihill, Chair
District 6970 Emergency & Disaster Relief Committee
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org / TEXT 904.534.0035
Prepare NOW for the Current Hurricane & Tropical Storm Season
June 1 through November 30 2021
You can’t stop a tropical storm or hurricane, but you can take steps now to protect yourself, your family and fellow Rotarians & Rotaractors.
The Northeast Florida District 6970 Emergency & Disaster Relief Committee encourages our FAMILY of ROTARY to be prepared for this Hurricane Season
Planning for hurricanes and other potential emergencies can be very stressful, and during the coronavirus disease pandemic, it may be especially so.
Planning will be different again this year because of the need to protect yourself and others from spreading the COVID-19 virus..
Preparing now can help keep you and your family safe.
Please read & follow these important hurricane preparedness tips from CDC:
Take basic steps now to ensure your safety should a storm hit.
- Get emergency supplies: Stock your home and your car with supplies. Give yourself more time than usual to prepare your emergency food, water, and medicine supplies. Home delivery is the safest choice for buying disaster supplies; however, that may not be an option for everyone. If in-person shopping is your only choice, take steps to protect your and others’ healthwhen running essential errands. Make a plan: Create a family disaster plan.
- Prepare to evacuate: Never ignore an evacuation order. Pay attention to local guidance about updated plans for evacuations and shelters, including shelters for your pets. Understand older adult health and medical concerns. Protect your pets: Ensure your pet’s safety before, during, and after a hurricane.
CDC recommends that you print important documents (e.g., emergency phone numbers, insurance information) before a hurricane strikes. Power outages during and after a hurricane can prevent you from accessing information online when you most need it. If you need to evacuate, take steps to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19. Prepare a “go kit” with personal items you cannot do without during an emergency. Include items that can help protect you and others from COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, bar or liquid soap, disinfectant wipes (if available), and multiple, well-fitting masks for each person. Masks should have two or more layers and fit snugly against your face. They should not be used by people having trouble breathing, or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or unable to remove the mask without assistance. Learn how to stay safe from COVID-19 while staying with friends or family or in a shelter.
Staying Safe After a Hurricane or Tropical Storm
In addition to preparing for a hurricane, it’s important to take steps to stay safe after a hurricane is over. For example:
- Avoid flooded areas: Take precautions before, during, and after a flood. Never drive through floodwater.
- Prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning after the storm: Ensure your CO detector has working batteries. Place generators outside at least 20 feet from any door, window, or vent.
- Continue to follow preventive actionsto protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Dealing with disasters can cause stress and strong emotions, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is natural to feel anxiety, grief, and worry. Coping with these feelings and getting help when you need it will help you, your family, and your community recover. Visit Stay Safe After a Hurricane or Other Tropical Storm for more tips on staying safe after a hurricane.
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