1. Understand that your planning may be different this year because of the need to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
2. Pay attention to local guidance about updated plans for evacuations and shelters, including shelters for your pets.
3. Plan your evacuation now. Shelters should be used as a last resort as they will have a very low occupancy limit and different procedures this year due to COVID.
1. Now is the time to prepare! Give yourself more time than usual to prepare your emergency food, water, and medicine supplies. Home delivery is the safest choice for buying disaster supplies; however, that may not be an option for everyone. If in-person shopping is your only choice, take steps to protect your and others’ health when running essential errands.
2. Prepare a “go kit” with personal items you cannot do without during an emergency. Include items that can help protect you and others from COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, bar or liquid soap, disinfectant wipes (if available) and two masks for each person.
3. Prepare a disaster kit for your pets. Find out if your disaster shelter will accept pets. Typically, when shelters accommodate pets, the pets are housed in a separate area from people.
1. Follow safety precautions when using transportation to evacuate. If you have to travel away from your community to evacuate, follow safety precautions for travelers to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.