Hazard Weather Guide
Hurricanes and storms are taking their toll upon the United States and Hurricane Maria is on it’s way. While we wish for the best for everyone involved in these storms it’s important that we take a moment to make sure we are prepared for a similar event.
Watches and Warnings
(What do they mean?)
- Watch – A watch means specific conditions are right for an event (flood, storm, hurricane, etc.) to occur in a specified area.
- Warning – A warning means severe weather (flood, storm, hurricane, etc.) is going to hit in a specified area and it’s time to take precautions.
(What should I do?)
Hurricane Watch – In the event of a Hurricane Watch you should prepare your home and review your plan for evacuation. Listen closely to instructions from local officials.
Hurricane Warning – In the event of a Hurricane Warning finish preparations and immediately leave the area if directed by local officials.
Extreme Wind Warning –Take immediate shelter in the interior portion of a well-built structure.
Flooding – Be aware of potential flooding areas, do not drive through flooded areas, do not walk through flooded areas, prepare your home for flood waters.
(How can I be prepared?)
Here are a few of the key items for preparedness:
- Know your evacuation route and zone.
- Know where you are headed when you are evacuated (friends, family, hotel).
- Fuel up vehicles before you leave.
- Turn off gas, water, and electricity to your home.
- Charge your mobile devices.
- Stay tuned to the local radio station for emergency information.
- Pack all medications.
- Be alert and cautious at all times.
- Have a basic disaster kit (items for this kit may be found at www.scemd.org)
(How can I keep my pet safe?)
Our four legged friends are an important part of our family, it is important to include them in our emergency preparation plans. Food, water, medications, ID tag, leash, toys, treats, and anything else that would be important in making your pet safe should be made ready. If evacuation is necessary, not all shelters will accept pets due to health reasons. Know which shelters take pets and if yours doesn’t, find an alternative such as a pet friendly hotel.
(Where can I find more information on hazards or emergency situations?)
The information contained in this document was pulled from South Carolina Emergency Management Division’s website. You can find this information and much more @ www.scemd.org