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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 and Know your zone. Different geographic zones may be evacuated at different times to ease congestion.

4. Locate several ways to receive weather alerts, such as National Weather Service cell phone alerts, NOAA Weather Radio, or (@NWS) Twitter alerts.


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 a great option 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 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, 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.

2. When you check on neighbors and friends, be sure to follow social distancing recommendations and other CDC recommendations to protect yourself and others.

3. If you need to go to a disaster shelter as a last resort, follow CDC recommendations for staying safe and healthy in a public disaster shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.