Hurricane season officially begins on June 1st, but it is best to start early and get prepared! Established by the National Weather Service, Hurricane Preparedness Week educates about the impact of hurricanes and informs people about ways to protect their homes and businesses.
Hurricanes are inevitable in South Carolina. Follow these tips to prepare:
- Have an Emergency Kit: Your emergency kit should have equipment, such as flashlights, generators, batteries, and first aid, etc.
- Write or Review your Family Emergency Plan: Discuss means of contact, where you will go, and what you will do in an emergency. Prepare for health concerns for those with chronic illnesses.
- Review insurance policies: Understand your insurance coverage for your health, home and personal property.
- Get familiar with the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast language: Understand the meaning of NWS watches, warnings, advisories, and outlooks.
The CDC’s guide , Preparedness and Safety Messaging for Hurricanes, Flooding, and Similar Disasters, is a tool that discusses every potential issue when preparing for a water-related natural disaster. For more information about what to do before a tropical storm or hurricane, visit: https://www.weather.gov/safety/hurricane-plan
For local emergency preparedness updates, visit the South Carolina Emergency Management Division‘s website.