It’s Still Hurricane Season and this is what you need to know! Tips for families to be prepared and also have some fun together! A Conversation with the Georgetown County Director of Emergency Services, Brandon Ellis.
1. Make a Plan – Your personal emergency preparedness plan is the first step to ensure that you and your family are ready when disaster strikes. Things to consider when building your personal emergency preparedness plan should include identifying the following:
- How will I receive emergency alerts and important information?
- What is my emergency sheltering plan?
- What is my evacuation route?
- How will I communicate with and among my family members during an emergency?
2. Build a Kit – After an emergency or disaster, you may need sufficient supplies to survive for several days on your own. Your personal emergency preparedness kit can be customized to meet the individual needs of you and/or your family, but we recommend the following basic items:
- Water (one gallon per person, per day for several days)
- Non-perishable food (enough for several days)
- Battery powered or hand crank radio
- NOAA Weather Radio
- Flashlight (with extra batteries)
- Plastic sheeting/tarp and duct tape
- Personal sanitation items (moist towelettes, garbage bags, etc)
- Wrench or pliers
- Manual can opener
- Local maps
- Cell phone chargers
- Medications (over the counter and prescriptions)
- Infant/Childcare Items (diapers, wipes, formula, etc.)
- Pet supplies (food, leash, water)
- Important documents (insurance policies, ID records, bank files, birth certificates, etc.)
- Sleeping bag/blanket
- Change of clothing
- Personal hygiene supplies
- Utensils (plastic or metal)
- Paper and pencil/pen
- Books, games, puzzles, and other activities for children
3. Know Your Zone – When the Governor of South Carolina issues a hurricane evacuation order, they will be conducted in accordance with the identified hurricane evacuation zones along the coast. In Georgetown County we have 3 hurricane evacuation zones, and it is vital that you know what evacuation zone you live in so that you can make the appropriate evacuation decision should a storm threaten our coast. In Georgetown County, we have hurricane evacuation zones A, B, and C. These zones are identified on all public street signs throughout Georgetown County by a color-coded band on the street sign pole, just below the actual street sign identifiers (A-Red, B-Yellow, and C-Orange). Residents and visitors may also visit the Know Your Zone tab at gtcounty.org/gcemd where you will be directed to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division’s Know Your Zone page. Here, you can simply type in your address and the interactive map will identify your hurricane evacuation zone for you.
- Georgetown County Emergency Management (Facebook and Twitter pages)
- Georgetown County Government (Facebook and Twitter pages)
- Local News Media