Experts advise people to consider not only hurricanes but the pandemic while making emergency plans. While cases of COVID-19 have decreased in early 2021, the public health emergency isn’t over and there are still extra things to consider during the public health emergency.
The trend of active hurricane seasons over the past 20 years — topped off by last year’s record-breaking 30 named storms— makes comprehensive planning even more essential for residents of coastal areas.
Residents will need to be prepared this year to expect unpredictable storms, make a plan for evacuation and sing up if they need assistance leaving the island.
Had anybody asked as recently as March 1 whether the 2020 hurricane season would be far more complex and fraught with uncertainty than any of those in the past, we’d have said no.
Hurricane season is fast approaching. That is not something we look forward to, but as coastal residents, it is something we must plan for. Two distinct challenges face emergency managers, public officials, and all who live in an area likely to be threatened by a tropical storm or hurricane.
People who usually require assistance to evacuate or shelter during a hurricane need to be aware of some changes to the normal procedures.
Preparing to evacuate a hospital when a hurricane is headed toward Galveston County is a daunting task – potentially amplified this hurricane season by the presence of COVID-19.
For Galveston County homeowners, purchasing windstorm insurance provides a safety net against potential damage sustained to their property during hurricane season.