Storm Recovery

Flooding, tornadoes, wind damage and power outages can pose a threat to public health and safety. The COVID-19 pandemic can affect disaster preparedness and recovery and requires additional precautions when preparing for and sheltering from storms.

After the Storm
Preparing for Storms During COVID-19

Hurricanes, tropical storms and other severe weather can be challenging, particularly during a pandemic like COVID-19. Here are some ways to stay safe and healthy:

Sheltering Safely with Friends and Family

If you will be staying with friends or family outside your household to evacuate from the storm, here are some additional tips, according to the CDC:

  • Talk to the people you plan to stay with about how you can all best protect yourselves from COVID-19.
  • Consider if either of your households has someone who is at higher risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19, including older adults or people of any age who have underlying medical conditions. Make sure everyone knows what they can do to keep them safe from COVID-19.
  • Follow everyday preventive actions, including covering coughs and sneezes, washing your hands often, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Consider taking extra precautions for people living in close quarters.
  • Know what to do if someone in your family or in the household you are staying with becomes sick with COVID-19. Take steps to keep your pets safe.
Before the Storm
Last Reviewed: 6/29/2023