Hurricane preps this year include pandemic plans

With the first hurricane of the season dying down and a system looking suspicious off the coast of Africa, it's important to start making sure you are preapred for a hurricane. This season is different due to a global pandemic. Reporter Britany Muller tells us what changes will be made and some tips about how to protect you and your family from both a hurricane and COVID-19.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As the National Hurricane Center monitors the next area of low pressure in the Atlantic that has a high chance of becoming a tropical depression, the director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management is urging everyone to prepare -- and for more than having a few extra storm supplies on hand because of coronavirus.

Jared Moskowitz tweeted Sunday night about the area of low pressure out in the Atlantic.

The check-list of hurricane supplies includes:

  • Enough food and drinks for at least seven days
  • Important documents, such as insurance cards, bank numbers and a copy of your social security card
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Radio
  • Cash

New to the list this year: Face masks, cleaning wipes and hand sanitizer

The Red Cross has also released an updated plan to safely open hurricane shelters amid the pandemic. It said:

Under its new guidelines, shelters with a capacity above 2,500 are not recommended. Shelters should also have 60 feet of space, per person, to maintain social distancing. According to NPR, the recommendation was about half that before the pandemic, but officials show there isn't enough space in a "worst-case" storm.

All workers must be wearing personal protective equipment and face masks or coverings will be required for all.

News4Jax has partnered with Ace Hardware to help people Build a Kit That Fits, where you can print out a list of needed hurricane supplies.