Hurricane Survival Kit: Preparing for severe weather in the Lowcountry

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD)- Hurricane Dorian is now a Category 5 storm. It’s likely that if the Lowcountry does see some severe weather, it won’t be until next week.

However, there’s no such thing as being too prepared. Creating a “Hurricane Survival Kit” can give peace of mind during the peak of hurricane season.

Here’s a list of things that experts recommend stocking up on:

  • Batteries
  • Bottled water; recommended to have 1 gallon per person a day
  • Flashlight/Battery operated lantern
  • Bug spray
  • Backup generator
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Plastic storage bins
  • Portable cooler
  • Cell phone battery pack (Pre-charged!)
  • Change of clothing
  • Pet supplies
  • Whistle
  • Non-perishable food (powdered milk, canned goods)

Click here for a full list.

Lowe’s Home Improvement in Mount Pleasant has a “hurricane pod” where they’ve conveniently laid out supplies.

Assistant Store Manager Russell Smith says that last year they weren’t as prepared and ran out of certain items pretty quickly.

“We went ahead and stocked up on propane,” says Smith. “We ran out of that last year pretty quickly. Really early on the first round we ran out of water and had to get an emergency shipment in.”

This year, they have made sure to stock up on every high-demand item that they saw in 2018. Smith mentioned that he’s already seen customers buying generators this week.

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