Living in a coastal area the risk of experiencing a hurricane is always there (at least from June 1 – November 1). In the event of such an emergency personal safety of residents, visitors and first responders is priority number one. Take a moment to review our hurricane preparedness tips and ensure you are prepared should a storm threaten our area.
Your emergency kit should include:
- 3-day supply of drinking water for each person in your home and non-perishable food
- Spare clothing, blankets and pillows
- Toiletries, first-aid kit and prescription medicines
- Special items/food for babies and the elderly
- Pet food/supplies
- Flashlights, NWR, portable radio and extra batteries
- Extra set of car keys, credit cards and cash
- Make sure your and fill your vehicles with gas.
- Fill bathtubs with water (for flushing toilets). You can also fill your washing machine.
- Take important documents with you should you evacuate (social security cards, insurance policies, etc.).
- Know your “zone” and heed any evacuation orders. Once conditions get to a certain level of intensity, emergency services will no longer be available for response.
- Most shelters do not take pets, so be sure you have a plan in place for your furry family members.
Helpful Hurricane Preparedness Links for the Grand Strand Area:
WPDE Hurricane Center
The Horry Telephone Cooperative site provides valuable storm tips: