Public evacuation shelters amid COVID-19 might not be safest option, FEMA warns

Public evacuation shelters amid COVID-19 might not be safest option, FEMA warns

FEMA is urging residents impacted by Hurricane Delta to avoid public evacuation shelters, which can make the social distancing needed to curb 코로나 바이러스 감염증 -19 : 코로나 19 infections challenging.

Due to limited space as a result of COVID-19, public evacuation shelters may not be the safest choice for you and your family,” a notice on Ready.gov. 읽다.

FEMA CHIEF WARNS EAST COAST RESIDENTS TO PREPARE FOR HURRICANE ISAIAS: ‘HEEDSTATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES

The storm made landfall Friday evening in southwestern Louisiana as a Category 2 폭풍, bringing with it heavy rain and strong winds.

The center of the hurricane made landfall about 6 오후. near the town of Creole with top winds of 100 mph, pushing a storm surge that could reach up to 11 피트, the National Hurricane Center said.

Hunter Daniel, 3, looks out the window of his uncle's house, to which his family temporarily relocated to ride out Hurricane Delta on Oct. 9. (AP 사진 / Gerald Herbert)

Hunter Daniel, 3, looks out the window of his uncle’s house, to which his family temporarily relocated to ride out Hurricane Delta on Oct. 9. (AP 사진 / Gerald Herbert)

Parts of the state already were battered by Hurricane Lauraa storm that has been blamed for more than 30 사망자 — just six weeks earlier.

Leading up to the storm, Louisiana residents were told to brace for winds that could turn still-uncollected debris into dangerous missiles and again knock out power to thousands.

하나, preparing for the storm becomes even more challenging as the country continues to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR A HURRICANE: YOUR CHECKLIST SHOULD INCLUDE THESE HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

Families that do not live in a mandatory evacuation zones are encouraged to shelter in place at home, but onlyif it is safe to do so.

If that isn’t an option, the government agency suggested sheltering with friends or family.

If residents have to flee to a public shelter during the storm, they should bring protection, such as hand sanitizer, cleaning materials and at least two face masks per person.

반면에, children under the age of 2 and people who have trouble breathing shouldn’t wear masks, the agency says.

Due to the unprecedented global health crisis, regular shelters may not be open. 이 경우, residents are urged to contact local authorities for information about public shelters, if the need arises.

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