HARTFORD, CT (July 10, 2020) ― As Tropical Storm Fay makes its way up the east coast, AAA is reminding Connecticut residents to restock storm supply kits, including 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.
With Tropical Storm Fay on its way and much of hurricane season still ahead, 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.
“We have seen what happens when folks wait until an emergency is upon us to stock up on supplies,” says Amy Parmenter, spokesperson for AAA in Greater Hartford. “Don’t wait until a storm or hurricane is making headlines. Stock up in advance so you have everything you need to stay safe and stay home until the threat passes - including personal protective equipment related to COVID-19.”
Although Connecticut is not typically in the eye of most hurricanes, recent memories of the flooding and massive damage done by Hurricane Sandy and Tropical Storm Irene serve as a reminder of the need to take every precaution.
With the need to include COVID-19 protection supplies, the CDC has revised its guidelines for 2020 hurricane preparedness:
Recommended Hurricane Preparedness Items:
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 2015 FEMA study, 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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