Covid and Hurricane in North Carolina

Hurricane alert in North Carolina while the coronavirus spreads relentlessly

Covid and Hurricane in North Carolina

Coronavirus is wreaking havoc everywhere in the world. And the US state of North Caroline is no exception to that. But there is something even more concerning for the state of North Carolina.

Weather forecasters predict an above normal wave of hurricanes that will be hitting North Carolina. While the coronavirus won’t stop at any measure, state officials advice people in high-risk areas to make plans to stay safe.

There have been three hard-hitting hurricanes in North Carolina in the last 36 months. And the residents of this state are taking the coming hurricanes very seriously.

The state is providing free hurricane preparedness toolkits to all residents and especially high-risk residents.

North Carolina is expecting approximately 19 storms this hurricane season our of which 10 of them might turn into full-blown hurricanes. The weather officials have already given names to 7 of the possible storms for this season.

In the past, North Caroline had to face tough times to recover from the impact of previous hurricanes. These upcoming hurricanes are going to be especially challenging due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

New and Unwanted Challenges

The director of Public Safety’s Emergency Management of North Caroline, Mike Sprayberry, commented on this major challenging they are and will face shortly.

Sprayberry said that the ongoing pandemic is adding unwanted and new challenges as they prepare for the hurricanes. The challenges are especially coming up with the shelters.

Normally the officials would take to the road and meet people in person to educate them about the oncoming hurricanes.

This year, due to covid-19, they had to do video conferencing to hear people’s concerns and discuss the course of action regarding the hurricanes.

But video conferencing is just one of how the covid-19 pandemic has affected the preparedness for the oncoming hurricanes.

Other influences include receiving less disaster relief from other states, maintaining social distancing in shelters and preparing to deal with overcrowded hospitals and shelters.

State officials also have ensured that people have other places to stay other than the shelters as they ride out the storm.

To keep everyone safe, the state has limited the shelters to 115 sq foot per person. This is causing challenges, as when at first a few shelters together could hold 600 people, now they can hold only about 235 people.

Sprayberry said that, if there is a need for more shelters, the state will open new shelters. However, shelters are the last resort.

According to North Caroline Health News, Sprayberry said living in shelters in close proximity could cause the spread of the coronavirus. As an alternative to shelters, the state has tied up with more than 30000 motels and dorms to provide safe stay for the residents.

The state is also taking appropriate measure to safeguard the marginalized communities during the pandemic and hurricanes.