The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is already setting records, with a never-before-seen nine named storms that formed before Aug. 1. Meanwhile, two storms in the Gulf of Mexico—Marco and Laura—were on track to make landfall within the same 48 hours. Tropical Storm Marco made landfall Aug. 24.
This year's storm season preparation is also different this year due to the coronavirus. Normal protocol, such as utilizing emergency shelters, can’t be followed in the same way for fear of viral spread. Additional shelters, the wearing of masks, and increased hygiene are all considerations for the 2020 hurricane season.
When you’re facing a natural disaster of such epic proportions, it’s easy to feel powerless. Although there’s no way to completely avoid these dangerous storms, you can take measures to protect your home and family. Stacker consulted official recommendations from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, Red Cross, and other experts to compile this comprehensive list of steps you should take to prepare for and recover from a hurricane.
Take the following steps to ensure you have everything you need the next time disaster strikes—and to ensure you’re able to return home, assess the damage, and begin to rebuild while staying safe. Remember: Even after the weather report clears, the negative effects of a hurricane can still linger.
From emergency supply kits to reporting losses, here are 30 ways to prepare for and recover from hurricanes.
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