If you are a cancer patient or caregiver and you learn a hurricane, wildfire, or other natural disaster is coming your way, take steps to prepare in advance. Planning and preparing are necessary, but can be very stressful, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The usual evacuation procedures and shelter locations and availability in your community, county, or state, will likely be different this year than in previous years.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has resources about how COVID-19 is affecting disaster preparedness and what you can do to be as safe as possible, including:
Overall, there are some general steps to take when planning for a natural disaster and tips to remember about how the coronavirus pandemic may impact your plans.
If you’ve had to evacuate your home or treatment center, or if a storm or natural disaster has changed your treatment plan, you'll need to know state, county, and local rules related to COVID-19.
In general, it can help to follow these tips:
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