National Hurricane Center monitoring a tropical wave currently between the Caribbean and Africa

NEWS RELEASE

This is an important message from ALERT Indian River

This is the time of year when the tropics start seeing increased activity. Hurricane season is thru November 30 and I urge you to review your disaster supply kits and be ready for any possible tropical threats to Florida.

Tropical Update July 27, 2020

The National Hurricane Center is currently monitoring a tropical wave (Invest 92L) between the Caribbean and Africa. The system is forecast to move westward to west-northwestward and expected to arrive in the Lesser Antilles Wednesday or Wednesday night.  Environmental conditions are expected to become more conducive for development, and gradual organization is forecast.  A tropical depression or tropical storm is likely to form tomorrow or Wednesday. The National Hurricane Center gives this system an 90% (high) chance of formation during the next five days.  This system is currently no threat to Florida but should continue to be monitored.  The next name on the list is Isaias.

Evacuation Decisions

If you reside in one of Indian River County’s evacuation areas (barrier island, areas known to flood, manufactured homes, sub-standard housing), you need to be aware that anytime you are around large groups of people, including public evacuation shelters, there is an increased risk of contracting COVID-19.

If you have no other choice than to evacuate to a public shelter, we want to assure you that we are taking all necessary precautions to protect you from COVID-19. These precautions include the following:

Opening additional shelters and reducing our shelter capacity to allow for social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

  • Screening all shelter evacuees prior to entry (temperature, CDC screening questions, etc.).
  • Issuing masks to each staff member and shelter occupant.
  • Increasing cleaning/disinfecting activity.
  • Increasing access to hand sanitizer.
  • Designating an isolation area for those individuals who become ill while sheltering.

I would like to strongly urge you to consider a safe shelter alternative to public shelter such as:

  •  The home of a friend or relative.
  •   A hotel outside the area.

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