Living close to the ocean has its perks: stunning views, a constant sea breeze, and easy access to the beach. However, it also means being more vulnerable to hurricanes.

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Preparing for a hurricane is crucial to ensure your safety and to protect your property.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get ready for hurricane season.

Understand Your Risk

Know Your Hurricane Evacuation Zone

Living near the beach means you’re likely in a hurricane evacuation zone. Familiarize yourself with the local evacuation routes and know where you need to go in case of an evacuation order.

Monitor Weather Updates

Keep an eye on the weather forecasts, especially during hurricane season. Use reliable sources like the National Hurricane Center or local news stations to stay informed about potential storms.

Local News Channels For Georgetown County, South Carolina

Create a Hurricane Preparedness Plan

Develop an Evacuation Plan

Plan your evacuation in advance (see the local evacuation routes below). Decide on a safe destination, such as a friend’s house further inland or a designated shelter. Ensure all family members are aware of the plan and have a way to communicate in case you get separated.

Assemble an Emergency Kit

Prepare an emergency kit that includes:

  • Non-perishable food and water for at least three days.
  • First aid supplies and medications.
  • Flashlights, batteries, and a portable phone charger.
  • Important documents in a waterproof container.
  • Cash, as ATMs might not work during power outages.

Protect Your Property

Secure Outdoor Items

Bring in outdoor furniture, decorations, and anything else that could become a projectile in high winds. If you have a pool, lower the water level slightly and cover it.

Board Up Windows and Doors

Use storm shutters or plywood to cover windows and doors. This can help prevent them from shattering during the storm.

Check Your Roof and Gutters

Inspect your roof for loose shingles and repair any damage. Clear gutters and downspouts to prevent water buildup and potential flooding.

Prepare for Power Outages

Stock Up on Supplies

Have a good supply of non-perishable food, bottled water, and other essentials. Consider investing in a generator to keep critical appliances running.

Charge Electronics

Make sure all your devices are fully charged before the storm hits. This includes phones, tablets, and any rechargeable batteries for flashlights.

Know How to Shut Off Utilities

Familiarize yourself with how to turn off the gas, water, and electricity to your home. Doing this can prevent further damage in case of severe flooding or damage.

Stay Safe During the Storm

Follow Evacuation Orders

If local authorities issue an evacuation order, don’t hesitate to leave. Your safety is more important than your belongings.

Georgetown County Evacuation Routes

Once an evacuation order is given, residents leaving the area will be required to follow pre-identified evacuation routes.

In Georgetown County, the pre-identified evacuation routes are: 

  • US 17 through Georgetown to US 521, then take US 521 to SC 261 to US 378, then follow US 378 to Columbia.
  • Under certain conditions, an alternate route from Georgetown may be activated using Black River Road to US 701 to SC 51 (Browns Ferry Road) to US 378 at Kingsburg, then US 378 to Columbia.

It is important to remember that if you plan to evacuate to a location other than Columbia, you should leave prior to the issuance of the Governor’s hurricane evacuation order.

See Georgetown County for more information

Stay Indoors and Away from Windows

If you’re staying home, stay indoors and away from windows. Find a safe room in your house, ideally one without windows, and hunker down until the storm passes.

Keep Updated with Reliable Information

Use a battery-powered radio to listen to updates from local authorities.

This can provide critical information about the storm’s path and any additional safety measures you need to take.

After the Hurricane

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Assess the Damage

Once it’s safe, carefully inspect your property for damage. Take photos for insurance purposes and contact your insurance company as soon as possible.

Avoid Floodwaters

Stay away from floodwaters, as they can be contaminated and dangerous. If you must walk through water, wear protective clothing and be cautious of hidden hazards.

Be Cautious of Hazards

Watch out for downed power lines, gas leaks, and structural damage. Report any hazards to the authorities and wait for their clearance before returning home.

By taking these steps, you can help ensure that you and your property are as prepared as possible for hurricane season. Stay safe, stay informed, and always prioritize your well-being over material possessions.

Make it a great day,
Joanne
Joanne Gillet Owner/Broker
SRES – Senior Real Estate Specialist 

Let’s chat, call me at 843 655 6343

Edge Of The Beach Realty
Pawleys Island, SC 29585
843 655 6343
Joanne@EdgeOfTheBeach.com
www.EdgeOfTheBeach.com

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