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Preparing Your Mt. Pleasant Home for Hurricane Season – 2018 Edition

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The Eastern U.S. faced a pretty intense hurricane season last year, and some areas still haven’t fully recovered. Many South Carolina residents, unprepared for the devastation, struggled as stores ran completely out of food and water, while gas lines stretched as far as the eye could see.

While 2018 isn’t predicted to be as bad, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting that the season will be above average. In fact, tropical storm Alberto is already wreaking havoc on South Carolina and the season hasn’t even officially started!

With as many as 16 named storms expected, including several hurricanes predicted to be Category 3 or higher, Mount Pleasant residents should start preparing now.

Preparing Your Home for a Hurricane

When the threat of a major storm looms, it might already be too late to gear up with vital supplies. Last year, even the largest stores in Mt. Pleasant were quickly cleared of essentials like bottled water, fuel, flashlights, and batteries.

With food, water, and electricity being the most vulnerable resources during a storm, it’s best to prepare as if your family is going on an extended camping trip. You don’t know if your utilities will be knocked out for hours, days, or even weeks, so it’s best to plan accordingly. Don’t be complacent and become a victim. Follow these steps and you can be prepared for the inevitable storm.

hurricane Mt. Pleasant

When the threat of a major storm looms, it might already be too late to gear up with vital supplies. Last year, even the largest stores in Mt. Pleasant were quickly cleared of essentials like bottled water, fuel, flashlights, and batteries.

With food, water, and electricity being the most vulnerable resources during a storm, it’s best to prepare as if your family is going on an extended camping trip. You don’t know if your utilities will be knocked out for hours, days, or even weeks, so it’s best to plan accordingly. Don’t be complacent and become a victim. Follow these steps and you can be prepared for the inevitable storm.

  1. Build a “Bug-Out Bag”. A bug-out bag is a portable kit meant to provide the essentials for emergency evacuations as well as supplies for three days. There are plenty of pre-made kits designed specifically with hurricanes in mind, so that can be a great place to start.

    Here are some things you might include in your own bags:
  • non-perishable food for three days
  • water, including both canteens and water purification
  • first aid kit
  • basic sanitation items
  • change of clothes
  • flashlights
  • batteries
  • hand-held radios
  • lighters or matches in an airtight container
  • waterproof container with cash and important documents (lists of addresses, phone numbers, ID numbers, maps, account information, and so on)
  • extension cord (incredibly useful if you find power while on the move)
  • chargers/battery packs for phones/mobile devices
  • duct tape
  • 550 cord
  • tools: multi-tool/knife, pliers, screwdrivers, can opener
  • eating utensils/mess kit
  • glow sticks
  • sleeping bags
  1. Prepare Your Home. Your home is a big investment, so do what you can to protect it from the devastation of a hurricane or tropical storm.

    The key is having supplies on hand before a storm is on the horizon—spend your time actually preparing rather than frantically shopping for supplies. When the storm does come, here are some things you can do to protect your castle.

 

Note: If the order comes to evacuate, then EVACUATE. Your family’s safety is more important than your home.

 

  • Build/buy window covers or storm shutters. Use exterior-grade plywood that’s more than half an inch thick for windows, and three-quarters of an inch for glass doors.
  • Install head/foot bolts on entry doors.
  • Caulk around doors and windows.
  • If a severe storm is imminent, then you can tie down your roof. Long cargo straps that attach to proper anchors can be the difference between having a roof and…well, not.
  • Reinforce the garage door. Pre-made kits work great, but it’s simple enough to brace the door with lumber and simple tools.
  • Keep your rain gutters clean.
  • If able, keep a generator and fuel on hand.
  • Keep an extra stash of non-perishable food and supplies in your home in separate, waterproof bins. Extra food storage or fuel will come in handy if you’re stranded in your home, or you can take it with you in the event of an evacuation.
  • Evaluate your insurance annually. Is your coverage adequate if your home is damaged or destroyed? Don’t wait until after a hurricane strikes to evaluate your policy .

 

  1. Know Your Plan. When a severe storm is inevitable, there can be so much to do that it’s overwhelming. Make sure your family has developed and is familiar with your disaster plan.

    If you’ve made preparations ahead of time, there is much less to worry about and you can focus on keeping your family safe.
  • Fill your fuel tank. Just like last year, everyone will be rushing to do this at the last moment, so it’s best to keep your vehicles topped off when storms are near.
  • Add vitals to your emergency kit. These include things like medication, important documents, clothing, baby supplies, glasses, water, and other special items.
  • Prepare an emergency kit for your pets, including food, ID tags, leashes, carriers, and medication.
  • Using the instructions in step 2, fortify your home.
  • Secure loose or heavy outdoor items. Furniture, toys, and potted plants can all become dangerous projectiles in a storm.
  • Fill bathtubs and other large containers with water.

 

Be Prepared

Complacency might be one of the biggest causes of casualties when severe weather hits. Don’t wait until the next hurricane hits Mt. Pleasant—begin your preparations now and keep your family safe.

If you have helpful hurricane preparedness tips, or must-have-items that need to be included in a bug-out bag, comment on our blog or our Facebook page!

 

~ Dr. Randy