Hopefully you have been paying attention to the reports of “Matthew” and are ready to ride out the storm or leave. First you need to know your zone. According to the Horry County Emergency Management Department, Know Your Zone is a public education campaign to inform the citizens and visitors of Horry County of the new hurricane evacuation zones and their vulnerability to storm surge. The campaign also reflects the National Hurricane Center’s (NHC) decision to separate the association of storm surge inundation from the category of storm.
Next you need to be prepared. Some people interpret this to mean enough wine and snacks (agreed) but we also have another list for you.
The Coastal South Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross has compiled a list of the basic supplies that you need to have on hand:
Water—one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
First aid kit – Anatomy of a First Aid Kit
Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
Sanitation and personal hygiene items
Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
Cell phone with chargers
Family and emergency contact information
Map(s) of the area
They further suggest:
Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
Games and activities for children that are not computer based
Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
Extra set of car keys and house keys
Manual can opener
For more information, go to http://www.horrycounty.org/departments/emergencymanagement
Please don’t take any chances and be safe!