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USA - Hurricane Season Starts June 1st - 4 Lessons From The Coronavirus Pandemic To Apply

It comes around like clockwork every year. The start of the Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1st, and many tropical meteorology experts are forecasting above-normal activity.

The nation is still reeling from the public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, which may place preparation for hurricane season into the “I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it” category for many people. However, preparation is important. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 144.6 million people or about 45% of the American population live within coastal regions vulnerable to hurricanes. In the past 5 years alone, the nation has suffered through society-altering storms like Harvey, Maria, Michael, and Florence. In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, four critical lessons have been revealed to me that should be applied as hurricane season approaches.

Hurricane Dorian (2019) NASA

Prepare. I live by a simple 5 P’s paradigm: “Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance.” Warning signs were flashing for years about the threat of a pandemic of this scale. Even in the early months of the pandemic, skepticism about the virus possibly delayed actions such as social distancing measures, acquisition of testing kits, and so forth. However, I will leave those discussions for others, but there is a key lesson for hurricane season: Prepare. For hurricane preparedness week, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) lays out a 5 step process on its website:

  1. Know your evacuation zone
  2. Build a disaster supply kit
  3. Have an insurance check-up
  4. Strengthen your home
  5. Help your neighbor

These 5 steps are perfect complements to the 5 P’s.

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