A Hurricane Prep List Even Seasoned Locals Can Appreciate
Hurricane season is in full swing and being a coastal-community we are all well aware of the dangers and aftermath of those storms rolling in off the ocean. However, whether you are a seasoned local who has lived through plenty of hurricanes or a newer resident who has never experienced this time of year, it is always important to have an action plan.
- Safety will always be the most important part of any emergency plan and hurricane plans are no different. To protect your home, storm shutters or plywood over doors and windows are great options. Be prepared to leave when authorities issue mandatory evacuations with a to-go pack filled with essentials and understand your local evacuation routes.
- Plan on where you are heading before you leave. Going to a relative’s house or hotel in a certain area is fine but be mindful if you have pets on finding pet friendly places to go during an evacuation and keeping identification on your pet before, during and after evacuation until you are home for good. Do not return home or to an area until local authorities announce it is safe to do so.
- If you are not in an evacuation area, having supplies on hand at home to ride out the storm is equally as important as the evacuation plan. Basic supplies such as a first aid kit, medications, drinkable water, non-perishable foods, toilet paper, hygiene products, flash lights and extra batteries are a good starting point. Each household may require other or different things depending on the needs of each individual.
- Always make sure to have plenty of water prior to the storm and do NOT drink tap water unless authorities announce it is safe. Battery operated radios are also a great idea so that in the event of power outage, you can still listen to the news for updates.
- Generators are also a great investment if you can afford the initial costs as they can help immensely during power outage. If you do purchase one you will of course need gas and possibly oil. It is worthwhile to point out that you cannot just plug a generator into your house and power the whole thing. Each generator has different wattage so be sure to read more about them before purchasing.
The last two years have been rough on our community during hurricane season, which runs August to November, so as a community our hearts and thoughts went to the coastal regions of North and South Carolina who have been battling Florence.
We were #LibertyCountyProud of Chamber member PC Simonton & Associates who partnered with Harris ACE Hardware and Building Supply to send supplies to the Carolinas with the Cajun Navy to assist in their efforts. If you aren’t familiar, the Cajun Navy is a group of volunteers with boats who head into areas effected by storms and flooding to assist local authorities with search and rescue efforts. We love seeing our local businesses making a difference, not just in our community, but in other communities as well!
For more information about local evacuation routes, emergency plans or other disaster related topics – reach out to our local Emergency Management Agency 912.368.2201.
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Catie Fanucci, Creative & Content Coordinator for the Liberty County CVB
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