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TOWSON, MD (June 16, 2020) ––With the arrival of hurricane season, AAA is reminding area residents to restock their storm supply kits, as well as include COVID-19 protection, like masks, gloves and hand sanitizer. The past few months of the pandemic depleted store shelves and prompted more time at home, a combination that may have had some families turning to their storm kit for needed supplies.
If that sounds familiar, now is the time to take stock of your kit and ensure you have all the items you need, as well as additional items for COVID-19 protection.
“Don’t wait until the next storm makes the local news to prepare,” said Ragina C. Ali, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “As we saw during the pandemic, products can sell out quickly.Now is the time to collectemergency items for your hurricane supply kit, including personal protection equipment to protect you from COVID-19.”
With the need to include COVID-19 protection supplies, theCDChas revised its guidelines for 2020 hurricane preparedness:
Recommended Hurricane Preparedness Items:
We’re only two weeks into the hurricane season, but the Atlantic basin has already seen three named storms come ashore.Two of those arrived on the East Coast before the official start of the season.
Along with an upgraded hurricane supply kit, ensure you have an emergency plan and that you have communicated it to family members. According to a 2015FEMAstudy, 60 percent of Americans do not practice what to do in the event of a natural disaster.
AAA offers these tips on preparing for hurricane season:
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