Prepare now for storms
As awful as 2020 has been, there was little doubt that a tropical system or two would come along to complicate our already chaotic circumstances for a few days.
Hurricane Isaias seems prepared to erase any doubt that was left. Confidence is increasing that the storm will have at least some effects on Hampton Roads, although how much remains to be seen.
Jeff Orrock, meteorologist in charge at National Weather Service Wakefield, said Friday that this area is likely to see some rain and wind. Regardless of what Isaias does, however, this is still expected to be an active hurricane season. Most of this year’s storms have set records for early formation — surpassing even the infamous 2005 season — so the expectations seem to be becoming reality.
Even if Isaias doesn’t amount to much, another one might, so it’s always best to be prepared. Besides, in 2020, there’s no telling what will go wrong next.
COVID-19 adds an extra element to the planning this year. Suffolk’s Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator Richard Stephens said earlier this year that more supplies like hand sanitizer and masks have been ordered, and noted that individuals, families and businesses may need to take extra precautions beyond a normal hurricane season, as well. People will want to have extra masks and hand sanitizer on hand. The key, as always, is to prepare well ahead of time.
There’s not much time before Isaias comes, but there may be before the next storm, so take note of the following that should be in your emergency kit:
One gallon of water per person, per day for at least three days
A three-day supply of food requiring minimal water, no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, such as canned foods, granola bars, trail mix, etc.
First aid supplies and medications
Masks and hand sanitizer
Extra eyeglasses, contact lenses and lens solution
Food, medications and other needs for pets
Manual can opener
Complete change of clothing
Tools and emergency supplies
Important family documents and phone numbers
Cash in small bills
Extra set of car keys in waterproof container
Five-gallon bucket with lid
Feminine hygiene supplies and diapers
Games, toys and books
Cell phone charger
Flashlight and extra batteries