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Hurricane Key Messages: COVID-19 Annex

Preparing for Hurricanes During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Planning for hurricane season and other potential disasters can be stressful, and because the 2020 hurricane season comes during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, it may be especially so.

The Hurricane Key Messages: COVID-19 Annex pdf icon[PDF – 395 KB] includes public messaging to help people safely prepare, evacuate, and shelter for severe storms while protecting themselves and others from COVID-19. These messages are based on a collaboration between natural disaster and COVID-19 subject matter experts.

This annex should be used along with the Preparedness and Safety Messaging for Hurricanes, Flooding, and Similar Disasters pdf icon[PDF-1.2 MB] resource which can help local responders quickly create and adapt health communication products for affected communities. The document contains messages on various topics including food safety, carbon monoxide poisoning, waterborne diseases, and mold.

How to use this document

Public health and emergency management partners can add these public messages as a resource to their communication plans that address hazards expected from extreme weather involving strong wind and high water. Partners can also use these messages to develop products with protective information for diverse audiences before, during, and after a hurricane, flood, or similar disaster.


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