We’re going into what could be a very interesting hurricane season. It’s been a long time since we’ve been hit by a major hurricane and there have already been two named storms before hurricane season even began. Not to mention the fact that we’re already dealing with our current emergency, COVID-19. That’s why it’s even more important than ever before to start preparing ahead of time.
- Start building or adding to your emergency kit now. Supplies are often limited in stores and online right now so add items little by little. And make sure your kit includes masks and hand sanitizer. Ready.gov is a great resource for kit contents.
- Even though we’re still all encouraged to stay home and avoid crowds, you should still know your evacuation zone and you should be making plans for where you’d go if you’re called to evacuate. Keep in mind that you don’t have to leave town. It may be as simple as moving to a different zone 10 minutes down the road. Check with your family and friends to see what their zones are and to make your plans before they’re needed.
- Get flood insurance. Your homeowners or renters insurance will not cover flood damage. Everyone in Chesapeake should have it.
- Sign up for Chesapeake Alert so that you can receive emergency updates from the City.
Keep in mind that while it will continue to be important to follow guidance related to COVID-19, when a hurricane is coming up the coast, that’s the immediate danger that needs to be addressed. That’s why it’s so critical to have your kit and your plans ready ahead of time.