Hurricane Preparedness: Now is the Time to Get Ready

September 3, 2017, 1:27 pm EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (LINDSEY MALONEY, WTAT-TV) — With Hurricane Harvey still on everyone’s mind and Hurricane Irma churning in the Atlantic, now is the time for everyone to get your home and family hurricane ready.

On the Isle of Palms, Mayor Dick Cronin say they got lucky with Hurricane Matthew. “We can’t take any of it for granted,” he says. “We could be in the bullseye, if you will, the next time around.”

The city starts planning in the spring for hurricane season and has a plan in place incase a disaster strikes, something emergency officials say everyone should do.

“All of our public safety personnel prepares, we have equipment on hand, have alternative sites where we evacuate our equipment and personnel, too,” he explained.

So, do you have a plan? Are you prepared if and when the next hurricane hits?

“Irma is the one on the horizon that nobody knows what direction it is going to be or if it is going to be a landfall, but I’m certain there will be others coming off the coast of north Africa that will be threatening the U.S. mainland sometime yet this year, so we have to prepare for all of them. You never know which one is the one that has your name on it,” said Cronin.

Staying up-to-date and prepping for a storm can make all the difference.

“Prepare your loved ones, and that can be pets as well, grandparents etcetera, medication is very important to have an adequate supply on hand. Just because the storm passes doesn’t mean you are going to be able to return to your home right away,” said Mayor Cronin.

Stores in town stock up during hurricane season, like Lowes, where assistant manager Gordon Small explained some of the essential items people would need. “Sand, sandbags, gas cans, generators and plywood is a big thing around here so people can board up their windows.

Small says having a hurricane kit in place and on hand is crucial. “One of the important things is gas cans so you can put fuel in a generator or your car if you need to evacuate.”

He says these are things you should always have on hand.

“With the storms we always have come through, just on a daily basis, a lot of people lose power pretty often. So, having water, batteries, flashlights, things like that are crucial all the time. Stuff like the generators helps if your power is out for the day, it will at least give you your refrigerator and keep your food from spoiling.”

Small said he sold 10 generators in just an hour on Friday, but they do keep the stores stocked up during big storms.

HELPFUL HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS LINKS:

– Build a Storm Supply Kit [go]
– Hurricane Evacuation: Know Your Route [go]
– FOX 24 Weather Authority Hurricane Center [go]
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