Hurricane Checklist: Watch - - Columbia, South Carolina

Hurricane Checklist: Watch

Hurricane conditions are possible in the specified area of the WATCH, usually within 36 hours.

  • Fuel your automobile; do not wait until a hurricane warning is issued.
  • Check your emergency supplies and stock up on items that are needed.
  • Be ready to board up the windows of your home or business in case a warning is issued.
  • Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys and garden tools- they can become airborne during hurricane force winds, causing damage not only to your property, but also to your neighbors' property.
  • Double check to make sure you have enough food and containers for your water supply. Set refrigerator and freezer to their highest settings, do not open needlessly.

If evacuation has not already been recommended or ordered, consider leaving early to avoid long hours on the roads. Remember that weather conditions will deteriorate quickly as the hurricane approaches.

Communicate with your family members often and be ready to act quickly should a hurricane warning be issued. Time is on your side at this point, but conditions can change from hour to hour.

Stay tuned to television and radio for official bulletins of the hurricane's progress.

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