As of June 1st, the 2020 hurricane season has begun. Many meteorologists have predicted this year to be a highly active hurricane season. There is always a need to be prepared and have a plan if you and your church are located within hurricane-prone areas. Ensuring that you have a plan in place can help prevent (or at least reduce) damage to your property and dangers to your ministries and those that you serve.

Insurance Board has many resources to help you and your ministry get ready to help prepare for and survive a potentially disastrous event. Remember to always follow local guidelines that may apply to you and your ministry. 

This year, the COVID-19 pandemic brings an added layer of complexity to disaster planning. Even if you have already put plans in place for hurricanes and tropical storms, you should review your plans or checklists and think about ways that COVID-19 may impact the plan you have in place. This may include what is in your go-kit (masks anyone?), evacuation routes, and the set-up of shelters in a time of social distancing. 

Now is a good time to review and revise your emergency plans, not only for hurricanes but also for other natural disasters including tornados, wildfires, flooding, and earthquakes. Ensure that your plan takes into account the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC, FEMA, and local officials. 

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

Review the helpful documents below to keep you and your property safe and well-maintained.

Hurricane Season 2020

An initial overview of how the 2020 Hurricane Season may look. 

Hurricane Checklist

Checklist for before, after and during a hurricane.

Disaster Readiness: Hurricanes

What to do when a hurricane is expected.

Hurricane Preparedness

As Seen in Summer 2019 Steward