CAMERON COUNTY, Texas (KVEO) – We’re about a month away from hurricane season and while the pandemic is changing the way we live, it also means adjustments in evacuations.
“People are afraid to be in rooms with other people, people are afraid to be in buses for evacuations for long periods of time, so we have to look at what it is that we’re fighting at the time,” said Cameron County Emergency Management Coordinator, Tom Hushen.
Hushen said they’re constantly making sure their hurricane preparedness plans are up to date especially during this pandemic.
“If we follow CDC guidelines, then we know there’s a six-foot buffer within all of that in a dome, but when do CDC guidelines stop when human life is endangered immediately and they need to seek shelter?,” said Hushen. “That’s some of the questions that we’re going to be looking into.”
But with all this time at home due to the crisis, Barry Goldsmith, morning coordination meteorologist of the National Weather Service (NWS) in Brownsville said people should look into building resiliency to their homes or businesses.
“Look at what projects you can do to strengthen your roof, to help protect your windows and doors to brace down the garage,” said Goldsmith.
However, as we prepare for hurricane season, Hushen keeps one thing as his number one priority.
“If it is a dangerous situation where people’s lives are at stake immediately, we have to make sure that those people are safe, the pandemic or the Corona[virus] or any other disease is secondary nature to a person whose life is in jeopardy,” said Hushen.
The emergency management coordinator also recommends getting flood insurance so you don’t have to rely on FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) or meeting a threshold for government aid.
Here’s more information on how you can prepare for hurricane season.