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Red Cross: Make preparations now for hurricane season

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This year marks 25 years since Hurricane Hugo struck Charleston.  Palmetto Red Cross is making preparations this week in case a hurricane of that magnitude were to come through again.

Red Cross officials are hosting staff and volunteers from South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia to train in disaster exercises this week.

 As the Red Cross prepares their staff to handle a hurricane disaster., they say you should be preparing your hurricane kit.

They say you should pack flashlights and the batteries that go with them, first aid kits, water and gloves.

They say, another good thing to have: a solar radio that has a charger for your phone so you can keep up to date with the weather and weather apps.

They say you should also prepare enough food for 3 days and fill the kit with non-perishable items that you can eat right out of the can.

Lornia Winnen, Palmetto Red Cross says “Three days would be your minimum, you can’t count on everyone being taken care of at once in the city, it’s just not going to happen, even in a rural area, if you can’t get out, chances are someone cannot physically get to you… the more prepared you are, the longer and more comfortable you will be.”

What about protecting your house in a hurricane? If you are building a home or replacing windows on a home, chances are the new building codes for 2012 effect you.

Brian Burnup with The Muhler Company, says “You withstand the best chance of not having damage to your home when you install a code compliant system such as fabric shield, aluminum storm panel or rolling shutters or impact windows.”

You can download our News 2 weather app to get all the latest updates from Storm Team 2 or you can pick up the News 2 hurricane guide at any McDonald’s across the Low Country.

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