Disaster Awareness: If You Choose to Shelter in Place

Disaster Awareness: If you choose to Shelter in Place

While the guide says to have supplies to carry you through 3 days, you would be well advised to set aside a bit more.

  • Choose a safe place in your home to stay – – away from windows – – a small interior room is best.
  • Take in your porch & deck furniture/potted plants/yard decorations/bird feeders/barbecue grill  – – anything that could become a projectile.
  • Protect windows with storm shutters or plywood boards at least ½” thick.
  • Listen to the local news services to stay aware of what is happening. Tune in to local Live5 weather at http://www.live5news.com/weather, the National Hurricane Center at hurricanes.gov , the local National Weather Service at weather.gov/chs, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division at scemd.org or NOAA. At weather.gov/chs they will provide impact graphics, storm surge height, storm warnings and watches, etc. Also WEZL 103.5 radio and WIWF 96.9 radio are participants in the Emergency Alert System. Please note, the Weather Channel will not have the same level of local reporting that the sources above will have.
  • We may lose electricity, water and sewer services. If that happens you should voluntarily evacuate before a mandatory evacuation forces you out (and in a direction you don’t want to go).
  • Shelters should be used as a last resort, and most will not take pets.
  • Cell phone coverage for voice calls may be out.  Try text messaging or switch your data off on your cell phone settings and try to send an email message instead.
  • Turn your refrigerator to the coldest setting and keep closed. Once the electricity is out, your refrigerator will keep foods cool for 4 hours if left unopened.  Thawed food is usually okay if still “refrigerator cold”.  Maintain proper food sanitation in food preparation and disposal.

-Submitted by Tidelines Editors

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