It’s that time again!
Time to get hurricane ready.
There’s not many storms brewing this season, but experts say it will only take one to destroy the Lowcountry.
“It’s become a big task getting the word out to citizens on the importance of being prepared,” Cathy Haynes of Charleston County Emergency Management Department said. “Explaining to them that they have to take responsibility for their own well being, that the government is there to help as much as we can but it really boils down to the individual citizen needing to take responsibility and be prepared for themselves and their family.”
One Mount Pleasant resident, Frank Hennessy, said after Hugo the most important thing he needed was a generator.
“The supplies, they were spotty and they didn’t last long when they did pop up but fortunately, within a couple days, I got my hands on a generator and ice was no longer a problem,” he said.
in Mount Pleasant said generators were impossible to keep in stock during this winter’s ice storms, a trend they notice when many bad storms are on the way, so they said now is the time to have one ready. Also noting some people haven’t used their generator since Hugo, so make sure yours works.
Generators will also be needed to charge cell phones, tablets and laptops.
Disaster Supply Kit:
- Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
- Food – at least enough for 3 to 7 days
— non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
— foods for infants or the elderly
— snack foods
— non-electric can opener
— cooking tools / fuel
— paper plates / plastic utensils
- Blankets / Pillows, etc.
- Clothing – seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes
- First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
- Special Items – for babies and the elderly
- Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
- Flashlight / Batteries
- Radio – Battery operated and NOAA weather radio
- Telephones – Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
- Cash (with some small bills) and – Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
- Toys, Books and Games
- Important documents – in a waterproof container or watertight
— insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, , etc.
- Tools – keep a set with you during the storm
- Vehicle fuel tanks filled
- Pet care items
- — proper identification / immunization records / medications
- — ample supply of food and water
- — a carrier or cage
- — muzzle and leash