Are you Preparing for a hurricane in South Carolina?
With Hurricanes like Florence in the ocean up, it’s not surprising that many people want to brush up on their hurricane knowledge. So to help you be as prepared as possible, we have created this handy guide for hurricane preparation in South Carolina!
As Realtors, we understand the attachment and investment someone can feel for their home. While this guide is ideal for keeping your home as in-tact as possible as well as investing in staple goods that might not be readily available in the aftermath of a storm, we encourage you strongly to listen to evacuation briefings and leave the area in the event a storm is coming.
What to do in the event of a hurricane
Shutter/Board the window – The easiest way to cause structural damage to your home is to leave it unattended during a storm. Even in the chance that you have hurricane force windows, boarding and shuttering up the windows will make it much easier to prevent flying debris from penetrating the window itself.
Sandbags – Sandbags are not a great deterrent for flood damage, but they are the best way to prolong potential water damage for your home. While some flood damage can be excessive and dangerous, sandbags can make all the difference in the world if you are only looking at the foot of standing water. IT can be perfectly held at bay with sandbags.
Elevating and Storing – When you are preparing to leave, think about elevating and storing everything by up to a foot. Store your belongings in a plastic bin and place them in the closet or an upstairs section if possible.
How to Stock Up for the hurricane
Most people don’t realize that a community can take a few weeks to a few months to get fully back up and running. You’re not trying to get food that you necessarily enjoy, but food that you can ration off and survive with.
Water – It’s important to try and ration off at least 60 oz of water per person per day. So if you are expecting to be out of power and inaccessible to supplies for two weeks and you have two kids, you’re taking care of. You need to store 180 oz of water for 14 days. That’s not difficult, but it will run you back about 15-20 bucks at a store for bottled water.
Breakfast/Granola Bars – I recommend these personally because they are usually jam-packed with the stuff you need to start your day. You are looking for dense nutrient supplies that will keep you going throughout the day and won’t make you want to binge at all.
Soup – Canned soups are another great way to stave off and prevent hunger when you are in a crisis. Anything from Campbells to progressive, your choice, but make sure they have the easy pull tabs if you don’t have a can opener readily available.
Juice – Boxed juices t Capri-suns, you want to have something that can both break the monotonous taste of water and also give additional nutrients in some way. Sugar is always a good way to give people a pep up of energy.
Vitamins – finally, bringing some vitamins can be a great way to ensure you are getting your daily dose of nutrients in a time when you are staving off elements of starvation and malnutrition.
Wallace Thomas Realty
We care deeply about our community and the residents who live here. With Irma getting closer, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared or be wary of the future trials that mother nature has for us. If you would like to know more about hurricane preparation or would like to learn more about living in South Carolina, please give us a call today at 843-252-2126.