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Hurricane Preparedness: Emergency AND Aid Organizations Adapt Plans to COVID-19
6/1/2020 1:00:00 PM

Emergency Aid Adapts to Cover-19

A focus on non-congregate sheltering options, like putting people in hotels instead of shelters.

Deploying fewer staffers and volunteers physically to disaster areas and moving much of the logistics, communications, health, and mental health to a virtual capacity. Modes of communication include phone or video chat through platforms such as FaceTime and Microsoft teams or other video chat.

If congregate sheltering is required, there is a plan in place with compliant COVID-19 screening protocols, greater distance between cots, extensive sanitation, and consideration for personal hygiene. Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 will be moved to a non-congregate area. 

The United Way of Southwest Louisiana also works year around to help our communities, and even more so during a natural disaster. Denise Durel, President/CEO of United Way of SWLA says the organization views the pandemic through a global lens, but as a local organization, they have the capacity to fluidly fill gaps in human services. "The pandemic has shown us where we need to alter some plans for the future. Our executive leadership team is currently working on new strategic plans in light of our recent experiences and these will be ready should our friends and neighbors in Southwest Louisiana need us. We will give them the same level of service and attention to everyone in need that we have for 80 years.”

Even though we may be preoccupied with the COVID-19 pandemic, Sandusky reminds the community that it’s still important to prepare for hurricane season by creating an emergency preparedness kit, coming up with a disaster plan, and making sure you have two ways to receive emergency alerts, including one that works in the event of a power outage. 

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