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FRIDAY, July 31, 2020 (HealthDay News)
As Hurricane Isaias moved toward the east coast of Florida on Friday, an expert warned that the coronavirus pandemic could make preparing for an active storm season even more difficult.
The average storm season has about 12 named storms, but up to 20 are expected this season, according to Marshall Shepherd, director of the Atmospheric Science Program at the University of Georgia.
"There is a double shift here about the areas most vulnerable to both COVID and storms," the shepherd said in a university press release. "I think perhaps more important than ever, people are thinking about the duality of the threat here."
He said that "the most useful aspect of these seasonal predictions is actually starting to get people to think about what they really would have to do if they needed to evacuate and perhaps go to a shelter. and have to deal with COVID. I think there's an extra layer of interest and an extra layer of thinking needed in the way people prepare. "
For one, it's a good idea to add masks, hand sanitizers, and disinfectant products to your emergency kit. Those items will be important if you must evacuate to a shelter.
Find out if your usual evacuation area is within the COVID-19 hot spot and if so, check for alternative locations, he suggested.
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