Local shelters prepare for storms amid COVID-19

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — County emergency officials are preparing for hurricane season as they face concerns due to COVID-19.

Geneva Emergency Director Eric Johnson said preparation for shelters will be very different because of COVID-19. Each family will have about 800 yards from each other in order to follow the CDC’s social distancing and capacity guidelines.

“We have little packets of toothbrushes and combs and those type things,” Johnson said. “I do have some of those I could use, and we do get volunteers. We actually have people in Geneva who would give those.”

In the past, there have been several shelters throughout the county that were used such as the National Guard armory in Samson, which is now the Samson Municipal Complex, the Baptist Church in Hartford and Geneva, and Slocomb’s community center.

According to Johnson, officials are getting a system together to provide the public a plan on how shelters will be open, how many people will be allowed, as well as when it will be available.

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