Emergency managers along the Jersey Shore are trying to prepare for the challenges of testing and social distancing if the shore needs to evacuate for a hurricane during the coronavirus pandemic. In Galveston County, Texas, they’ve had to do it twice this year. Meteorologist Joe Martucci talks with Scott Tafuri, Emergency Management Coordinator for the county, and a Jersey native, on their experiences.
Making an emergency plan for you and your family is essential to preparing for the Hurricane Season. An effective plan answers the following questions:
- How will I receive emergency alerts?
- What is my plan for sheltering?
- What will I do in the case of an evacuation?
- What is my family’s communication plan?
More information about creating an hurricane preparedness plan can be found by visiting www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
Make a plan, build a kit and stay informed this hurricane season. For the most current and up to date information, follow the official Galveston County social media accounts, @GalvestonCountyTx.
Asthma peak week starts mid-September. Common allergy triggers like ragweed pollen, mold, and dust are at the highest levels. Plan now to protect yourself from asthma attacks using these precautions. Learn more about asthma: http://www.dshs.texas.gov/asthma
Natural Disasters and Asthma
Natural disasters can cause asthma attacks through triggers like stress and mold exposure. They can also make it harder for someone to control their asthma or access their medications. There are steps you can take before, during and after a disaster to keep asthma under control.
Before a Disaster
Stock up on asthma supplies needed including:
- 3-day supply on asthma medications
- Copies of important documents (i.e. asthma action plans, insurance cards and immunization records). Keep electronic and paper copies.
- Equipment you may need to use when cleaning up after the storm (i.e. N95 respirators, goggles, protective gloves, and waterproof boots).
Identify ways to reduce or cope with stress. Stress can be a trigger for asthma.
During a Disaster
- Avoid common asthma triggers during the disaster
- Wash hands properly
- Avoid exposure to mold, dust and other triggers
- Avoid stress or identify ways to cope with it
- Follow your Asthma Action Plan
- Know how to use your medications
- Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
- Learn about safe generator use for breathing treatments from the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/cofacts.html
After a Disaster
- Practice good hygiene, especially washing hands during and after a disaster
- Avoid areas with mold growth. Learn how to recognize mold and clean it up safely. https://www.cdc.gov/mold/cleanup-guide.html
Tips and Resources
Tip: If your child uses a nebulizer, look at getting a portable version. Many of these adapt to a car’s 12V accessory power outlet.
Week 1 September 1-5: Make A Plan
Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the coronavirus.
Week 2 September 6-12: Build A Kit
Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.
Week 3 September 13-19: Prepare for Disasters
Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family. Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.