Health leaders encourage addition of COVID-19 items to hurricane kits

Health leaders encourage addition of COVID-19 items to hurricane kits

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Minton Xavier said he doesn’t worry when a hurricane or tropical storm is headed toward northeast Florida.

He said he grew up on the islands, so he’s always ready with his hurricane kit.

“You need to have these things in hand where you could always get them,” Xavier told Action News Jax. “You have them to your advantage.”

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The prep list is growing this year because of the pandemic.

Action News Jax talked to Home Depot employee David Raby in May during Florida’s sales tax holiday for disaster preparedness.

At the time, he said most local families are fully stocked because of storms in recent years.

On Wednesday, Raby encouraged everyone to add hand sanitizer, face coverings and cleaning supplies to their kits.

“This year is going to be a little different with the requirements for the pandemic. If you’re planning on leaving the area, be prepared,” Raby said.

The guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for handling a hurricane during the pandemic include:

  • Check shelter locations which could have changed because of the coronavirus.
  • Stay socially distant when at the shelter.
  • Bring your own blankets and linens so you don’t have to use the ones provided at the shelter.

Here’s a link to the CDC’s disaster preparedness page: