- FEMA provides assistance after the storm. You must be able to get to Red Cross shelters and resources.
- Florida, Georgia, Low Country and Coastal areas will be evacuated and routed to or through your area.
- Stores will be low on supplies, quickly!
- If asked to evacuate, use the TIPS to pack a bag for each family member.
On this website, please download the 2017 South Carolina Hurricane Guide and read information about road closings, lane reversals, disaster assistance; wi-fi, radio, television and phone communications; evacuation routes, special needs care and shelters; pet care, farm care and more! http://scemd.org/
The Red Cross is soliciting volunteers. Go to their website NOW to become a volunteer.
- Plan to sustain yourself and your family for at least 5 days.
- Keep watching the forecast.
- Know your evacuation routes.
- Evacuate when you are told!
- Store your supplies as safely as possible from storm damage.
- Prepare your home, as possible. Store loose items (flower pots, patio chairs, garden tools, etc.) that can blow away or create damage.
- Reaching Family Members
- Check the Hurricane Guide for free Wi-Fi!
- Know who has a landline phone. These often work after storms.
- Download and test a walkie-talkie app for your smartphone.
- Print or write down telephone numbers. A dead phone is useless!
- Doing business:
- Shop small businesses and Black-own business, as possible.
- These businesses will be impacted greatly by disasters and may not reopen after the storm.
- Keep all receipts for any work performed after storm.
- Register with FEMA as quickly as possible, if told to do so.
- Stock up on:
- Garbage bags (black, heavy-duty)
- Zip-loc bags
- Duct tape
- Use plastic bags for items for each family member:
- Fill prescriptions now then store
- Important papers
- Medical supplies
- Sun screen
- Undergarments and basic items
- Hygiene and hair products
- Durable safe shoes
- Comfortable, simple garments
- Stock up on:
- Batteries (radio, phones, other)
- Bottle water – you can buy from stores but your tap is FREE!
- Water tubs – fill your large containers with tap water for cooking, bathing, etc.
- Plastic bags
- Check/Stock up on lighting and other supplies:
- Safe candles
- Stock up on food items:
- Non-perishable and slow to perish foods such as
- Canned chicken broth, meats, vegetables, etc.
- Noodles and vegetables
- Bread, cookies, chips, nuts
- Juices, fruits (watermelon, apples, grapes, etc.)
- Remember special dietary needs
- Remember food for children and babies
- Stock up on pesticides:
- Ortho Home Pesticide or similar from Lowes
- Stock up on cleaning supplies:
- Rain bucket – Save your drinking water. Setup a bucket/tub now to catch rainwater for cleaning later!
- Plastic bucket or tub
- Plastic gloves for each family member
- Rags and/or sponges
- Cleaners and disenfectants
- Lysol (mold and mildew)
South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
American Red Cross