The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season officially begins next Monday, June 1. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and with communities currently responding to flooding and other severe weather events, we want to share the below resources and upcoming CDC webinar that may be helpful as you build and adjust disaster preparedness, response, and recovery plans.
· FEMA: COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season ─ This document describes anticipated challenges to disaster operations posed by COVID-19; highlights planning considerations; outlines how FEMA plans to adapt response and recovery operations; and includes guidance, checklists, and resources to support emergency managers and public health officials
· CDC: 2020 Hurricane Season During COVID-19 Webinar on May 27 at 1 p.m. ET ─ During this webinar, CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and the CDC EPIC Team will discuss possible health risks that could come from hurricanes combined with COVID-19; planning for the 2020 hurricane season while adhering to guidance on social distancing; and how community leaders, nonprofit organizations, and public health professionals can effectively communicate messages
· Additional Hurricane and Severe Weather Resources
As we face the additional challenges of natural disasters while still responding to COVID-19, I thank you for your continued commitment and dedication to keeping your families, neighbors, and communities safe.