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Steve Bahmer
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2020 Hurricane Season

Hurricane season begins June 1st and runs through November 30th. While the National Hurricane Center has not yet released its forecast for this year, other reliable sources are predicting a more active year than usual with 16 named storms, eight hurricanes, and four major hurricanes.

These are unprecedented times because of the likelihood of coronavirus cases continuing into hurricane season. The most active part of hurricane season typically begins in August. Anticipating that COVID-19 will continue to be a concern at that time, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) has begun working on plans to deal with a hurricane while the virus is still a threat.

Among other things, FDEM is focusing on public shelters and special needs shelters and the social distancing requirements necessary to avoid the spread of the virus. Because of this, maximum capacity at the shelters is likely to be more limited than in the past. FDEM is also considering hotels as an option for special needs shelters. Since any changes to the operation and eligibility for using a special needs shelter could affect you and your residents, you should start planning now.

Given the seriousness of hurricane season, taking simple precautions can help everyone stay safe in case of a natural disaster.

We stand ready to serve in any way that is helpful to you. Please do not hesitate to communicate with the following LeadingAge Florida contacts at any time with any requests for assistance or information:


Steve Bahmer – (307) 287-4594   Tyler Sununu – (850) 228-4800
Susan Langston – (850) 545-6769  Susan Anderson – (850) 591-2842
Dawn Jiménez – (850) 321-3569  Nick Van Der Linden – (863) 258-8665

For more information, please visit the Department of Elder Affairs Disaster Preparedness website and the Florida Division of Emergency Management website.

Remember to continue monitoring your local weather and the National Hurricane Center (NHC) website for the latest storm information, as well as advisories from the National Weather Service. In an emergency, your first contact should be your local or county Office of Emergency Management (click here to find the link to your County's Emergency Management Office).



Click here to view the 2020 LeadingAge Florida Hurricane Preparedness Guide.






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