As if we didn’t have enough to worry about right now, hurricane season is about to kick off.
In fact, this week is “Hurricane Preparedness Week.”
For those of us in hurricane-prone areas, that means we need to make sure we have all the necessities needed to survive the storms before the season officially begins on June 1st.
Tops on that list is food.
Both FEMA and the Red Cross say that having a 72-hour supply of food on hand is absolutely essential to survival.
Yet only about a third of Americans have an emergency food plan.
And with food in short supply due to the pandemic, getting your hands on quality, non-perishable food these days is going to be a challenge.
We still have a few weeks before hurricane season kicks in, so if your store shelves are lacking, you might have to assemble your survival food stash over several trips.
Just pick up what you can, as you see items available.
You also want to make sure you have plenty of flashlights and batteries to give you light if the power is off for a few days.
And, be sure to have a few portable chargers on hand to keep your cell phones on, and your communication lines open.
According to one report I saw in early April, this is supposed to be an “active” season, with 14 to 18 named storms, and two to four major storms of Category 3 or higher.
We shouldn’t be surprised.
Natural disasters don’t hit the “pause” button just because a pandemic is sweeping through the world.
And, what would disaster recovery look like during a pandemic?
Would additional shelters be needed due to social distancing requirements?
Would folks even evacuate to shelters out of fear of being infected?
If they didn’t go to shelters, where would they go?
With unemployment at record numbers, would people have enough funds to get for a hotel?
Even the government’s response to dealing with a natural disaster could be affected.
While FEMA is training staff to deal with hurricane situations during the pandemic, it’s estimated that only 15% of FEMA’s field employees would be deployed to a disaster with coronavirus in play.
(In comparison, 90% of their field employees deployed for the over 200 disasters in 2017 and 2018.)
Clearly, when you’re dealing with natural disasters on top of pandemics, you might not have the government assistance you once could count on.
Self-reliance could be all the difference between being a survivor or a victim.
Get your food stash ready, check your flashlights and battery supplies, and power up those backup devices for your phones, so you can be prepared for a hurricane during the pandemic.
Stay safe out there.
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