How to Best Prepare for a Disaster during COVID-19

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Being prepared for a natural disaster is vital to your safety, and in the age of COVID-19 there are new precautions to consider and The Doctors detail how to prepare.

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First, do you have a well-prepared disaster kit? Find out everything you need in an emergency supply kit to be ready for events like hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, and floods. Due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there are new items you will need. In addition to the usual supplies, The American Red Cross suggests adding the following:

- Face masks - The Red Cross says each person in your household should have at least 2 cloth face coverings per person per day - Get our list of favorite face mask for kids

- Hand sanitizer - Make sure your kit is well-stocked with enough sanitizer for each person in your household, these travel-sized bottles are a great addition to your emergency kit 

- Utensil set - To ensure your safety while eating away from home, these travel utensil sets will help

- Personal protective equipment - In addition to masks, make sure to add gloves, goggles, and gowns to your supply kit

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Other things to consider when dealing with a disaster during the pandemic, according to The Red Cross, include:

- If you are planning on staying with people outside of your household ask if anyone in the home has had coronavirus symptoms, if so, consider making other arrangements or stay in a hotel, motel, or campground if possible

- Stay update to date on all current evacuation orders in your area and follow local guidance from authorities. Due to the pandemic, you might consider riding out the disaster, but this could be life-threatening and The Doctors stress the importance of following all public safety guidelines even during the pandemic

Find more resources on disasters during the COVID-19 pandemic at the Red Cross.

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