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Posted on: August 4, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Media Release COVID-19 - August 4, 2020

For Immediate Release


Phone: 980-432-1800

Rowan County Case Information:

Hurricane Season during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic will add additional challenges and changes to the 2020 hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30. Be prepared before this happens, even if you live in Rowan County.

Plan: Where will you go?

  • Make a plan to stay with family, friends, or at a hotel, if you need to evacuate. This will reduce the chances of you being exposed to, or transmitting the COVID-19 virus.
  • Staying at a storm shelter is not a good option during the COVID-19 pandemic and should only be considered as a last resort.

Prepare: What else will you need?

  • Be sure to include additional supplies in your emergency kit to stay healthy: masks, hand sanitizer, cleaning products, sanitizing wipes.
  • Visit to learn how to create a family emergency plan and build your emergency supplies kit, as well as to learn about local hazards that could impact your area.

Stay Informed: Who has reliable information?

  • Register for emergency alerts from your local government.
  • Follow your local government social media channels.
  • Subscribe to National Weather Service updates.
  • Follow North Carolina Emergency Management on Twitter and Facebook.


  • Protecting yourself from the physical dangers of a hurricane, like storm surge, flooding and high winds takes priority over concerns about COVID-19.
  • If your area is ordered to evacuate – do so quickly and calmly. Don’t forget your emergency kit.
  • If you are visiting in a coastal community be sure to Many coastal counties now use these new zones to order evacuations. Make sure you plan for a primary route and an alternate route.


  • Social distancing will reduce the capacity at shelters this year. Shelter space in many counties will be limited and should be only considered as a last resort.
  • Non-congregate sheltering options like dormitories, campgrounds or other facilities where people can maintain distance may be in use during the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow your local government website and social media channels for sheltering information.


TJ Brown

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