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Hurricane high season

A checklist to help you prepare

Do you know what to do if a storm strikes your area?

The Postal Service wants to remind workers that the high season for hurricanes is here.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, with most storms forming after Aug. 1.

The storms can cause high winds, heavy rain, flooding and other dangerous conditions, with coastal areas most affected.

Disasters don’t wait, so take time to prepare by following these steps:

• Complete a personal preparedness plan that includes a household inventory and the location of important family documents. Share copies with relatives or friends.

• Store enough food and water to last at least three days. One gallon of drinking water per person per day is recommended.

• Create a personal preparedness kit and include items such as hand sanitizer — or bar or liquid soap if sanitizer isn’t available — and cloth face coverings in the event of evacuation.

• Prepare your home for hurricane force winds or flooding.

• Prepare a first-aid kit and make plans for pets.

• Know your community’s hurricane plans, including evacuation routes. When you check on neighbors and friends, be sure to follow social distancing recommendations.

• Include precautionary measures related to the coronavirus, such as disposable masks.

• Keep contact information current using a physical address — not a PO Box — and mobile telephone number. Go to the Life Changes LiteBlue pageand update your address if necessary.

If a hurricane is expected, call the USPS National Employee Emergency Hotline (888-363-7462) for work schedule or reporting-time change information.

The National Preparedness Blue page has more information, including the USPS Hurricane Preparedness Guide.

The National Hurricane CenterFederal Emergency Management and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sites have additional information.