(ORDO NEWS) — Government officials from Florida to Missouri are hastily rewriting their disaster response plans, fearing that crowding of large groups of evacuated shelters could spread coronavirus during the hurricane and tornado season.
The states and cities of the country never had to respond to large-scale natural disasters during the global rampant of viruses. To combat the new COVID-19, various measures of support for the population are involved. And since the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Guard are already busy supporting health care and cleaning up amid large-scale protests, local governments are in a difficult position.
The hurricane season officially begins on Monday, and forecasters at the University of Colorado are talking about a higher likelihood of a major hurricane in Florida.
Although President Donald Trump sees summer as a time of turbulent economic life, disaster officials fear that a terrible combination of natural disasters – hurricanes, fires and floods – could lead to an even greater spread of coronavirus.
If a hurricane like Harvey (August 2017) falls on us again during a pandemic, it will be an absolute nightmare, said Carrie Kroll, vice president of protection, quality and public health at the Texas Hospital Association.
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