Today marks the official start of the 2020 hurricane season and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness wants you to get prepared for a projected busy season.

GOHSEP spokesperson Mike Steele says the state is actively preparing to have to respond to a severe weather event in the midst of a pandemic.

“There will likely be a need for more shelters, for more busses for people that need some type of public support,” says Steele.

Steele says now is the time to start making your hurricane prep kit, but consider adding COVID-related items like masks, wipes, and sanitizer, along with the standard items.

“Important paperwork, copies of your insurance records, birth certificate, those types of things. It is good to have those in your supply kit,” says Steele.

For a pamphlet printout with a checklist of needed items visit get-a-game-plan-dot-org

There’s a good chance the Gulf could see its first system within the next few days. Steele says everyone needs to be keeping an eye on that development.

“It is important for people to stay weather aware, know what your forecast is, if there is a tropical threat know what the latest conditions are on that threat,” says Steele.

(Story written by Matt Doyle/Louisiana Radio Network)