Are you ready for a storm? June 1st kicks off hurricane season so be prepared!
- Gather and store valuable documents such as mortgage notes, deeds, licenses, house plans, property tax receipts, etc.
- Take photos or a video of your home, boat, automobiles and belongings (this is very important for insurance reasons).
- Bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans or anything else that is not tied down.
- Turn off utilities and propane tank.
- Gather nonperishable food items, drinking water (one gallon per day per person), flashlights, first aid kits, battery powered radio, toilet paper, camera and film, disposable wash cloths, and cash.
- Pack items to keep the children entertained.
- Plan where you will go in case of evacuation. Know your route and have an alternate plan.
- Make a list of important telephone numbers to take with you.
- Pack pet supplies and medications.
- Two weeks worth of prescription medicine.
Watches and Warnings
A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions pose a possible threat to the area (generally 36 hours out)
- Make sure your car has a full tank of fuel.
- Review evacuation routes and your family plan.
- Listen for weather updates.
- Check survival supplies and gather important documents.
- Make sure prescriptions are filled.
A hurricane warning means hurricane conditions are expected in the area within 24 hours.
- Move all loose outdoor objects inside.
- Place protective covering over windows and doors.
- Moor boats securely or move inside.
- Lock doors and windows before departing.
- Take survival supplies with you.
- Notify all necessary parties of your departure and final destination.
- Turn off gas at any outdoor propane tanks.
- Consider moving valuable items to a higher elevation inside your home.
After the storm
If you have evacuated out-of-town, you can obtain updated information regarding Hilton Head Island and Bluffton by calling this toll free number: 1-800-963-5023 then listen to the prompts for your area.
For additional tips please contact Cinda Seamon, Public Education Officer , Town of Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue ~ (843)682-5141.