Planning to be at home during Hurricane Dorian? Although the storm may not make landfall in South Carolina, Dorian is expected to bring strong winds, torrential rain, flash flooding and other impacts. Here are some tips to help you get through Dorian safely:
Before the storm
- Be prepared to lose power. Make sure you have all recommended items in your emergency supply kit, including at least three days’ worth of water and non-perishable food, a battery-powered radio, flashlight, first aid kit, extra batteries, a manual can opener and medications. Click here to learn more.
- Check on neighbors and loved ones to make sure they are prepare for the storm.
- Trim trees on your property, collect and secure loose outdoor items and find a safe location for your vehicle.
- Take steps to protect your food in case of a power outage.
• Plan for where you will be inside your home once the storm hits. If possible, identify an interior room of the house that doesn’t have any windows our exterior walls.
• Fill up your vehicle with fuel.
• Make sure you let loved one know where you plan to be. Have a plan in place for connecting with them after the storm. Learn more about how to create a communication plan by clicking here.
• Charge your cell phone and other portable electronic devices.
During the storm
- Keep listening to the radio or TV for updates on the hurricane.
- Stay away from windows. You could get hurt by pieces of broken glass during a storm. Flying debris is the most common cause of injury during a hurricane. You’re also at a higher risk of breaking a bone or cutting yourself on loose nails, metal or other objects.
- Be ready to leave. If authorities order you to leave or if your home is damaged, you may need to go to a shelter or a neighbor’s house.
- If you use a generator, only use it outdoors and away from windows. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Be safe if you need to drive during or after the storm. Don’t walk, swim or drive through flooded roadways. Turn around, don’t drown!
After the storm
- Be careful during cleanup. Wear protective clothing and work with someone else.
- Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off electricity at the main breaker or fuse box to prevent electric shock.
- Avoid wading in floodwater, which can contain dangerous debris. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
- Save phone calls for emergencies. Phone systems are often down or busy after a disaster. Use text messages or social media to communicate with family and friends.
- Document any property damage with photographs. Contact your insurance company for assistance.