CDC has launched a new web page on Natural Disasters, Severe Weather, and COVID-19, to provide information on how people can stay safe during and after natural disasters during the COVID-19 response. The page and a few of its useful links follow:
- Natural Disasters, Severe Weather, and COVID-19:
- Wildfire Smoke and COVID-19:
- Hurricanes and COVID-19 – most of this information applies as well to other wide-area disasters:
- Going to a Public Disaster Shelter During the COVID-19 Pandemic:
- COVID-19 Resources for Professionals & Emergency Workers:
Understand that your planning and preparation may be different this year because of the need to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Give Yourself Time: 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, but it may not be an option for everyone. If in-person shopping is your only choice, take steps to protect your and other’s health when running essential errands.
Pack Your Go Kit: If you need to evacuate, 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 two masks for each person. Masks should not be used by children under the age of 2. They also should not be used by people having trouble breathing, or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or unable to remove the mask without assistance.
Keep Your Distance: When you check on neighbors and friends, be sure to follow social distancing recommendations (staying at least 6 feet from others) and other CDC recommendations to protect yourself and others.
Read more about COVID-19 specific key disaster messages in Hurricane Key Messages: COVID-19 Annex (Spanish), in addition to the Preparedness and Safety Messaging for Hurricanes, Flooding, and Similar Disasters (Spanish).