Hurricane Checklist: Warning - - Columbia, South Carolina

Hurricane Checklist: Warning

Hurricane conditions are expected in the specified area of the WARNING, usually within 24 hours.

  • If you live in a mobile home, secure it and evacuate to a safe place.
  • If your doctor has advised that any ill or disabled persons in your home stay elsewhere, move them now.
  • Should an evacuation order be given for your area, rush your preparations to completion, follow the procedures for evacuation, then lock up your home and leave.
  • Prepare for high winds by bracing garage doors, lowering antennas, and anchoring loose objects that are outside and that cannot be brought indoors.
  • If you own a boat, moor it securely or move it to a designated safe place.
  • Store valuable and personal papers. Put irreplaceable documents, photos and videos of family in waterproof containers and store in highest possible place. If you evacuate be sure to take them with you.
  • Keep your radio, flashlights, and extra batteries nearby. The power may go off without warning. Avoid using candles, but if you must use them, NEVER LEAVE THEM UNATTENDED.
  • Keep paying close attention to radio and television for official information, or changes in the hurricane's intensity or direction/speed of movement.
  • When your preparations are complete, consider offering assistance to your neighbors, particularly families with very young children, elderly, or disabled persons.
  • During the hurricane, resist temptation to go outside or watch through windows. Hurricane force winds, downed live power lines, and falling or flying debris (trees) all pose serious danger.
  • As the winds increase, move to a room within a room, such as an interior closet or bathroom.
  • If the 'eye' moves over your location, again resist the urge to go outside. Hurricane force winds, heavy rains, and accompanying dangers will resume rapidly. Winds will return from the opposite direction.
  • If evacuating, especially the beach communities, be sure to have the proper identification to regain access to evacuated areas.
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