Officials Change Plans as Hurricane Season Approaches in Pandemic

first_imgThose who do have to evacuate to a shelter will be required to answer health questions and have their temperature taken.Anyone suspected of having the coronavirus will be separated in their own section of the shelter. There will also be masks and handwashing stations.As for supplies, FEMA suggests putting your supplies together extra early, due to the spotty availability in recent months of some basic household products. The agency also recommends bringing extra hand-sanitizer, cleaning supplies and at least two cloth face coverings per person.FEMA has increased the grace period on premiums in the national flood insurance program from 30 days to 120 days, although anyone who makes a claim would have to pay their premium.Insurance adjusters will be able to take claims using phone apps, rather than meeting in person.The National Hurricane Center is also making plans to keep storm experts from becoming sick.“We’re doing what we can internally to keep everybody safe because the country needs us in a hurricane,” said hurricane center director Graham. “We’re looking at social distancing. We’re looking at one-way hallways. We’re looking at having work stations moved to offices. We’re doing everything we can to keep people safe because you have to keep healthy here at the hurricane center to ensure that we can perform the mission.”Although the official NOAA hurricane season forecast is due to be released in two weeks, other forecasts from universities and private forecasting companies are also predicting a busy storm season. Hurricane season begins in three weeks, and officials are acting to make sure we are all prepared, in case we experience a storm during the COVID-19 pandemic.Early forecasts are calling for an above-average season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.“We’ve dealt with multiple disasters in the past,” said Ken Graham, director of the National Hurricane Center, in an interview Friday. “This one’s different, but at the same time, I think with early planning and early preparedness you can do a lot.”FPL says there could be a longer wait to restore electricity this year, despite improvements in processes.The company has implemented social-distancing procedures, requires personal protection equipment, sanitation procedures and separate travel by employees, all elements which can slow down repair operations. It also expects to have difficulty recruiting out-of-state repair crews.“Are we going to be able to amass those kind of crews?” asked Bill Orlove, spokesman for FPL “Are they going to be able to travel to the state? What happens if they get to the state and they’re not healthy due to our screening process?”He adds, “This season will be a season like no other, where we may be facing not only a hurricane but the pandemic. We are still committed to doing what we need to do. Going into this season, we’re asking customers for their patience, knowing that they may need to be without power for a longer period of time due to circumstances that are, frankly, extraordinary.”Local officials are also talking with the Federal Emergency Management Agency about potentially replacing or supplementing regular hurricane shelters with hotel rooms, due to the difficulty of maintaining social distancing at shelters.The time to prepare for a hurricane is NOW, before the season begins. Once you’re under pressure, having a written plan will take the guesswork out of what you need to do to protect you and your family. #HurricanePrep #HurricaneStrong— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) May 9, 2020last_img read more

England call-up gives Thomas hope of Test career

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – Rookie fast bowler Oshane Thomas says he is thrilled by his call-up for the England tour and hopes it can lay the groundwork for a successful Test career.“It was a feeling of joy when I was selected, because I want to play Test cricket,” the Gleaner quoted Thomas as saying.“Being home not doing anything and just getting this opportunity to be in England even if I am not playing, I will be training and keeping fit, and so I am really happy for this.“I was called up in the England Test tour of the Caribbean, before, but I didn’t get to make my debut, but hopefully I will soon, or even this time around, because I definitely want to play Test cricket for the West Indies.”The 23-year-old Jamaican was last week named among 11 reserves which will act as support for a 14-man squad for the three-Test series against England, starting July 8.However, Thomas has so far only featured in white-ball cricket for West Indies, taking 27 wickets from 20 One-Day Internationals and 15 wickets from 12 Twenty20 Internationals.West Indies legend Michael Holding recently queried Thomas’s presence among the reserves, contending he should have been part of the 14-man squad.Thomas, perhaps the fastest bowler in the region but who has played only eight first class matches, said he had already discussed the prospect of Test cricket with West Indies head coach Phil Simmons.“Everyone kept beating it in my head that I can’t be bowling that fast and not playing Test cricket,” he explained.“Me and the coach (Simmons) have had a lot of conversations about playing Test cricket, and so he always tells me that ‘you have to be in my team because you can’t be bowling that fast and not in the team’.”Thomas is one six fast bowlers in the reserve squad for the series which will be the first set of international cricket to be played since COVID-19 pandemic forced the cessation of the sport globally.last_img read more

Rangers Get N1m Per Goal Boost as they Depart for Algeria

first_imgThe Flying Antelopes who are due to depart Lagos for Algiers this morning were promised this mouth-watering bonus by a staunch supporter of the team, Charles Ugwu, during a send-forth meeting Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, had with the players and officials yesterday.Ugwu stressed that he is moved to make the promise to the players to boost their chances of progressing in the competition “because Rangers is not just a team but also a movement that has united Ndigbo over the years.” He further assured the governor to mobilise supporters of the club for the task before Rangers.Earlier, Ugwuanyi charged Rangers to display their professionalism and commitment to be able to win the match.The governor also assured the club of the blessings, best wishes and prayers of the whole nation “as ambassadors and flag bearers of our great country Nigeria in this competition”.He said that the state remains grateful to God for bringing Rangers to the competition as Champions of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL), adding that with “God on our side, we are confident that you will come back from this competition as Champions of Africa in Jesus Name.“Having lifted the NPFL trophy after 32 years in the wilderness, we have revived the famous Rangers spirit; the spirit of commitment, industry, ingenuity and brotherhood; the Never-Say-Die spirit of Rangers – the true champions.“And as you depart for Algeria today, we pray that the Almighty God will grant you divine protection, guidance and a resounding victory against your opponents”, Gov. Ugwuanyi concluded.In his remark, the captain of the team, Mathew Etim, pledged that the players were determined and going for business in Algeria to make Enugu State proud once again, calling for the support and prayers of the people of the state and fans.The club led by its General Manager, Christian Chukwu, arrived Lagos yesterday en-route Algeria for the match on Friday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Christopher Isiguzo in EnuguAhead of Friday’s first leg, preliminary round game of this year’s CAF Champions Leaguebetween Rangers International Football Club of Enugu and the J.S Saoura of Algeria, the Nigerian champions have been boosted with promise of N1million for every goal scored against the north African team.last_img read more

B&H representatives in Beijing: Tuka and Alić are counting the Hours until the World Cup

first_imgAmel Tuka and Hamza Alić, B&H representatives at the World Championship in Athletics which starts today in Beijing, will participate in the qualifications for the final part of the biggest festival of the athletes in the world. B&H athletes Amel Tuka and Hamza Alić completed their last preparations before the qualifying performance, and they are counting down until the opening hours of the great competition in Beijing. Hamza Alić will be the only representative in the shot put in this competition, after the second B&H representative in this discipline, Kemal Mešić, canceled his performance due to the injury. In an interview, Alić emphasized that the preparations went very well and that he is looking forward to Sunday when the qualifications and the final competition in his discipline will take place. “I am very satisfied with the conditions that we have here in Beijing, and the preparations for this competition were carried out already in Zenica. When it comes to the other competitors, favorites are a lot ahead of me, but there is no giving up in this sport. There are always surprises, and nothing can be excluded,” said Alić. B&H diamond on the 800 meters, Amel Tuka, should have his first race early in the morning, at 5.50 a.m. CET. He will run in the group that is not a big problem for him, according to the results of his opponents, and in an interview he said that he is fully prepared for the competition. Air quality in Beijing is very bad, which will be a problem for the most of the athletes. Tuka said that he is still getting used to their climate, but he is not worrying too much about these things. “I’m still getting used to the new climate, since there is great humidity here and it’s a little bit hard to breathe, but we will see how it will all look tomorrow. The conditions are the same for all of us and we will all run at the same weather,” said Amel, adding that he already completed his main training in Zenica. (Source: read more