8 Ways to Prepare for Hurricane Florence


 With hurricane Florence set to make landfall in the Carolinas we’ve compiled some the essentials you’ll need in preparation for the storm.

    1. Gather Adequate Disaster Supplies

    • Flashlight and extra batteries

    • Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries

    • First aid kit and manual

    • Emergency food and water

    • Non-electric can opener

    • Essential medicines

    • Cash and credit cards

    • Sturdy shoes


      2. Prepare Your Home

      If you’re expecting flood level waters at your home, sandbagging is one of the best ways to try to prevent or minimize water from entering your home. As the storms passes it is like to throw a lot of debris. Boarding up windows and pulling storm shutters will help protect your glass from shattering.


        3. Gas Up Your Car

        There are likely already lines for gas. Fill up your tank, once you’re officially evacuated you’ll spend extended periods in traffic and most gas stations along evacuations routes run out fast. Using apps like GasBuddy, Waze, or GasGuru can help you locate stations that still have gas.


          4. Bring Your Pets With You

          When possible bring your pets with you. Pack some pet food in your vehicle. Your four legged friend will appreciate not being left behind.


            5. Have A Family Disaster Plan

            Making sure everyone in your household knows the plan of when and how you plan to leave. It will take some of the stress out of the evacuation. Also, let some family or friends that are not in the hurricane area know your plan so they can keep track of your whereabouts.


              6. Look Out for Older Relatives and Those in Your Community

              Many times older people are overlooked. Watch out for those in your community that need help evacuating. If you have room bring them with you or coordinate a plan with them to help them follow you out.


                7. Avoid Flood Zones

                Plan your evacuation route so that you avoid flood zones. The later you leave the more at risk you’ll be for hitting flooding. Sticking to the main evacuation routes may take longer but you’re less likely to get caught in flood water.


                  8. Stay Tuned to Weather Reports

                  While you’re on the road stay tuned to emergency and local weather broadcasts. You want to be sure that you’re evacuating as needed to avoid having to pick-up and move again.


                  Additional Resources:

                  South Carolina Evacuation Map

                  North Carolina Evacuation Map


                  RED CROSS

                  Charleston County Red Cross - 843-416-1660

                  Georgetown and Horry County Red Cross - 843-477-0020

                  Red Cross Lowcountry - North Charleston - 843-764-2323


                  Helping Children Cope




                  Samaritans Purse



                  Salvation Army




                  Airbnb Open Homes Program

                  South Carolina Shelters

                  North Carolina Shelters