Hurricane Preparedness Week: How you can prepare before the storm

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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) – With less than a month to go until the start of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season, officials say now is the time to prepare. May 5-11th is Hurricane Preparedness Week – take this time to put together your hurricane survival kit and make sure you have a plan in place for your family.

Day 1: Determine your risk when it comes to hurricane hazards such as storm surge, rip currents, inland flooding, tornadoes, and strong winds.  Now is the time to determine what the risk is for your home and to figure out how you would handle them. Remember: impacts from hurricanes can be felt hundreds of miles inland. Now is the time to prepare.


Day 2: is all about developing and practicing your evacuation plan, start by knowing what evacuation zone you live and work in. Plan now; where will you and your family go in the event of a hurricane evacuation and how you would get there? This is important so when evacuation orders are issued you know what to do.  Don’t forget your pets!


Day 3: Assemble your disaster supply kit now! Electricity and water could be out for days. It is important to make sure you have enough food and water for each person for a minimum of 3 days. Most of us rely on our cell phones for information, but it’s important to have a backup and more reliable way to receive information like a portable radio. Before the storm, take the time to put gas in your car(s) and take money out of the ATM. Make sure to pack a disaster kit for your pets as well with everything they need.


Day 4: Review all insurance plans everything from homeowners, renters, car and medical insurance. Evaluate your policies and know what is covered under your insurance plans; Understand most home and renter’s insurance does not cover flooding. Also, review what proof is needed when submitting an insurance claim.

Day 5: Prepare your home for possible hurricane impacts. Take the time now to trim trees, shop for approved window covering, collect loose outdoor items and be ready to secure all doors and windows on your property.  Boarding up windows and doors can be done with proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels, now is the time to make sure you have what you need. Find a safe location for vehicles, if you decide to ride the storm out at home or if you evacuate.

Day 6: Take time to help your neighbor before, during and after a tropical system may hit. Help your friends and neighbors collect supplies to prepare for a storm. After the storm has passed, check on each other – the best way to recover is to help each other.

Day 7: Now that you have plans in place, write everything down! The entire family should practice the plan throughout the year, but writing all the information down helps avoid confusion.  Keep all your important documents in one central location for quick access. Planning ahead will help avoid stress and mistakes, and you’ll avoid the chaos at the grocery or hardware stores if a storm threatens our area. Everything you do ahead of the storm will make you more resilient after the storm.

Count on Storm Team 2 before, during and after the storm to keep you updated on-air and online.

Click here to visit Storm Team 2’s Hurricane Central.

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