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Preparing for Hurricane Season Combined with COVID-19 Pandemic

The City of Lighthouse Point provides pre-hurricane guidelines so residents are better prepared this hurricane season.

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As you continue to take precautions to keep yourself and your family safe from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to stay prepared for other disasters. Planning for hurricane season can be stressful, and because the 2020 hurricane season comes during the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be especially so. It is likely that COVID-19 will increase the impacts associated with hurricanes because of the current impacts we have seen from the pandemic. Being prepared can help you and your family minimize the impact of the storm.

Keep in mind that your planning may be different this year because of the need to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Adjust any preparedness actions based on the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC and your local officials.

After assessing damages done from hurricanes in the past few years, Floridians are encouraged to have at least 7 days of supplies, according to FloridaDisaster.org.

City of Lighthouse Point Pre-Hurricane Information

Trim Trees and Shrubbery

Now is the time to trim trees and shrubbery, and remove coconuts. All vegetation is picked up in the City on a weekly basis. Having your property maintained before a storm will help to ensure that our Public Works Department will be able to assist all areas of the City during unexpected emergencies.

  • Bag It – Don’t Blow It: please remember, per Lighthouse Point City Code Section 90-39, no person shall throw debris of any kind, including lawn clippings or vegetation, into the canal. Both residents and hired landscapers should bag any lawn clippings or vegetation instead of blowing them into the canal. 

Dispose of Trash and Unwanted Household Items

Now is the time to get rid of unwanted items. In previous years many residents waited until a hurricane was on its way before they emptied out their garages to make room for vehicles, and unfortunately had to bring their unwanted household items and trash back into their garages because there wasn’t enough time for trash collection.  

Shelters or Evacuation Plan

Now is the time to form a family hurricane action plan. Lighthouse Point is a mandatory evacuation area with Category 3 and above storms. Determine what hurricane plan you and your family will follow should the need arise, how your home will be secured, and where you will stay. The best place to stay is in a home which is outside of the evacuation zone and that has hurricane shutters, food, and supplies.

Residents in Lighthouse Point can visit the city’s website for more hurricane information.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.

Visit the National Hurricane Center’s website at hurricanes.gov throughout the season to stay current on any watches and warnings.

Thus far, the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season has three named storms — Arthur, Bertha, and Cristobal — with each reaching tropical storm status.
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