By Cassandra Harris
With Tropical Storm Erika forecast to approach the coast of Florida early next week, it’s a good time to remember the importance of staying prepared for disasters and emergencies of all kinds.
A key component of being prepared is having a plan. DHEC is encouraging all South Carolina residents and visitors to build an emergency kit and have a family disaster plan in place. When building your emergency supply kit, make sure to include:
- A week’s supply of water; at least one gallon per person per day
- A four-week supply of prescription medications in their original bottles
- A list of the medical equipment used and the phone numbers of your supplier
- A first aid kit
- Insect repellent.
Also, in the case of evacuation, don’t forget to “Know Your Zone.
If you have special medical needs, be sure to consult a physician regarding the best place to be during the storm, and make sure that you have adequate access to proper medications, medical supplies and equipment. American Red Cross shelters and DHEC Special Medical Needs Shelters (SMNS) should be your last resort and used only when no other option is available.
In conjunction with partnering state agencies, DHEC plays a supporting role during statewide emergencies, like tropical storms and hurricanes. The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (EMD) is the coordinating agency responsible for the statewide emergency management program. For up-to-date information about Tropical Storm Erika visit EMD’s website. You can also follow their tweets, at @SCEMD.
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