"In the midst of a once in a century pandemic, hurricane season looms around the corner. The federal government did not take the precautionary steps to contain the outbreak of COVID-19 in the US," said Guido Weiss.
"We cannot allow ourselves to be hit by another widespread disaster harming our resources, healthcare facilities, and economy further while also dealing with COVID-19."
"We must prepare to fight COVID-19 and allocate resources to hurricane relief at the same time."
"The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1st and could go as long as November 30th. The Trump Administration has already said that the COVID-19 coronavirus could go beyond August of this year.
Are we prepared?
In 2017, Hurricane Irma left over 10 million people without power during the sweltering heat of summer. We lost power to refrigerators that keep our food and medicine cool, saw damage to critical infrastructure, and had no internet. It also wreaked havoc on Florida’s farmers.
The last thing we need is another major power outage or shortage in produce at a time when we are fighting against the coronavirus. We cannot risk losing power to ventilators and other critical equipment saving lives of those affected by the virus. We need to urge our public officials to start preparing us now for hurricane season and any scenarios we may face. Let's be ready ahead of time, ensure our safety, and that the lights, refrigerators, and air conditioning stay on if we do get a serious hurricane. Not only in Florida and other prone states, but in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as well."