It’s officially hurricane season and COVID-19 cases continue to rise.
A massive hurricane heads towards suburbia as it grapples with a life-threatening virus that continues to plague society. No, it’s not the making of some Hollywood blockbuster thriller, it’s a reality millions of Americans may find themselves facing over the next few months. It’s hurricane season and we are still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Things may be grim in some aspects but while we can’t control everything, we can control how we prepare for the worst while hoping for the best. There are plenty of ways you can prepare for a hurricane, you can check out our guide here, but take a look at some special considerations to remember this season.
COVID-19 Insurance Discounts
Many car insurance companies are offering a range of discounts for people affected by the coronavirus pandemic and it’s not only discounts, but some companies are also giving back. Companies such as Allstate and Liberty Mutual are giving back a percentage of their customers’ premiums. For a complete look at what insurance agencies are doing to help those during these difficult times, you can click here to continue learning more. If you have questions, you can call the TGS Insurance team at 1-855-771-4509 or visit our website and we’ll help you understand what discounts are available to you.
Preparing Now Will Save you Later
It’s no secret that preparing for a hurricane begins before it’s too late, but with the COVID-19 pandemic still at large, now more than ever is it important to heed this advice.
Stocking up on the necessities lately has taken a different path than we have traditionally seen come hurricane season. This change has also come with a variety of new obstacles that will need to be overcome:
- Supply chains have been greatly affected by the coronavirus. Be sure that you are stocking up on essentials such as non-perishable food, water, batteries, etc.; however, remember that things used to combat germs such as disinfecting wipes and soap have been disrupted as well. Stock up responsibility and create a rationing plan to avoid over-hoarding and maintaining your supplies.
- If perishable items are a part of your resource plan, remember that supply chains within the food industry are also being disrupted. Stocking up on foods can be intimidating but by setting aside a little extra from your regular grocery trips, you can build a supply over time and create a reasonable stockpile.
- Medicine and personal protective equipment are great ideas no matter what but with the pandemic, securing a supply of these necessities is even more paramount. Though you may be at your home, should you need to be evacuated or become displaced, having these supplies ready to go will help save you the hassle and protect your health in a time of crisis. For a guide to face masks and what types you can buy or other FAQs, check out this guide here.
- Incorporate the appropriate items mentioned in your vehicle preparedness. While hand sanitizer may not be at the forefront of your needs if you are staying home, evacuating and not having the necessary soaps and gear can put your health at risk should you find yourself on the road or in a public area. Having a bag prepared for a road trip is always a great addition to your automobile, just be sure it is ready for a road trip and protecting you and your loved ones’ health.
Reconsider Your Evacuation Plans
Evacuation plans that may have served your home in the past should be evaluated and updated to take into the additional considerations that are prevalent to the coronavirus pandemic. Some you may have never even considered before such as:
- What do you need to ensure your ride and stay at your destination are free from the coronavirus outbreak?
- Be aware of any travel restrictions that may be in effect as a response to COVID-19 outbreaks.
- Will you be staying with someone who is at risk that would be capable of contracting the virus from you or another family member?
- Is anyone showing symptoms and have they been tested where you will be evacuating?
- Are the members in your evacuation party following social distancing guidelines and best practices?
Our society has continued to adjust and adapt to whatever the “new normal” has become. Assessing your evacuation plan and making the necessary adjustments to ensure everyone is safe is an important part of preparing this season.
Pay Attention to Changing Local Guidances
When preparing for a hurricane it is common to be aware of the latest news regarding travel restrictions and weather updates. Knowing the local guidelines of how things will be affected due to the coronavirus is important and things can change at any moment as new information is presented. Be aware of your local guidelines or any guidelines in an area you may be evacuating to including the standards being put into place to protect displaced citizens, outbreak coverage, the previously mentioned travel restrictions, and any other COVID-19 related news.