TAMPA, Fla. -- Hurricane season officially starts on Monday, June 1, but the tropics have already been active. We’ve already seen two named storms, Arthur and Bertha.
What You Need To Know
- Main change to storm preps are public shelters
- Social distancing will be required at shelters
- People are shelters required to wear masks, bring own PPE supplies
- Storm season resources
This year is expected to be another busy storm season, but now we have to add Coronavirus into the mix.
It’s something county leaders haven’t ever had to take into consideration before when planning for hurricane season, but they say they’re prepared to take it on amid this pandemic.
“We will be doing some screening as people come in. We want to make sure we can keep everybody as safe as possible. We’re going to be dealing with two hazards at the same time, so it's going to make it more challenging,” said Cathie Perkins with Pinellas County Emergency Management.
Emergency management officials across the Bay Area said the main change in this year’s storm preps will be at public shelters. They have to take into account the amount of space at each shelter to allow for proper social distancing.
Officials said everyone in shelters will be required to wear masks and they should plan on bringing their own PPE supplies, like hand sanitizer.
“Start ordering now, start building and preparing those kits. They want to make sure that they're using the supplies that they get as delicately as they can to make sure they're able to last throughout the season,” said Marcus Martin, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, Office of Emergency Management.
To purchase those supplies, Florida’s Tax Free Holdiay for Hurricane supplies starts on May 29 and runs through June 4.