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As "Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine' Approaches Florida, Mucarsel-Powell Urges Precaution And Shares Hurricane Toolkit

Press Release

Date: July 28, 2020
Location: Miami, FL

Today, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), member of the Economic Development, Public Buildings & Emergency Management Subcommittee of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, shared a 2020 Hurricane Resource Toolkit to provide FL-26 constituents with critical resources to navigate this year's hurricane season, which falls during the coronavirus pandemic. This toolkit contains information to help individuals and families best prepare for anticipated hurricanes and to address the challenges of disaster planning during this year's hurricane season related to COVID-19.

"I am monitoring "Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine' approaching our coast, and I urge all Floridians within its current path to review my office's hurricane toolkit and take the necessary precautions," said Mucarsel-Powell. "As we descend into hurricane season during this COVID-19 crisis, it's important that communities take NOAA's forecast of an "above-normal' hurricane season seriously. We cannot ignore this warning, as it only takes one serious storm to cause a disaster. I will be in constant contact with FEMA, the Florida Division of Emergency Management, and local emergency directors in order to share pressing and relevant information with constituents."

The Toolkit to Navigating the 2020 Hurricane Season During COVID-19 provides actions individuals and families can take to prepare for a potential hurricane this season during ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response efforts. Specifically, the guide includes:

Information for learning your evacuation zone and developing evacuation routes.
Sheltering options in South Florida and evacuation tips.
Emergency plan guidance and a readiness template.
Disaster supply kit checklists.
Guidance for financial preparation and checklist for vital documents.
Information on how to use retrofitting and other methods to strengthen homes.
List of vital apps to help recognize hurricane warnings and alerts.
Linked toolkits with information to prepare businesses.
South Florida disaster resource lists.