Disaster Awareness: If you Evacuate.
Before you leave:
- Fill your car with gas.
- Make arrangements for your pets if you’re going to a shelter.
- Close windows, lock doors, unplug appliances.
- Turn off your electrical main power switch.
- Turn off your propane tank at the tank, not at your gas grill or other outlets. (Note: you’ll need your gas company to turn the gas back on after the weather emergency is over.)
- Turn off your water to the house.
- Clean out your refrigerator and freezer – completely. Note: if you leave food in your freezer, place a container of ice cubes in your freezer. When you return, you will be able to tell if the cubes melted and re-froze, so you’ll know if the food is safe to eat.
- Close your storm shutters. Board up your windows.
- Take your emergency supplies with you.
- Avoid a mandatory evacuation and leave early, before a mandatory evacuation is called. If you leave early, you can take whatever route you want. If you wait for a mandatory evacuation, you must drive the evacuation route, hotels will be crowded in the Aiken County area because so many people are heading there, and you’ll have to deal with excessive delays on the roads. You’ll have to travel beyond the evacuated area for find open hotels/motels.
- Know your evacuation route. The SC Department of Transportation recognizes the need for 2 lanes taking people off the island. Our route is Betsy Kerrison Parkway to River Road. At that intersection, if you are in the right lane, you will be directed up River Road until it intersects again with Main Road near the Limehouse Bridge. If you are in the left lane at Betsy Kerrison and River Road, you will continue straight up Bohicket Road and Main Road to the Limehouse Bridge. When the River Road and Main Road traffic merges, both lanes will continue towards Rt, 17 and both lanes will go left onto Rt 17 South. Continue to SC64 to Walterboro, then on to Aiken County and I-20. From there you start looking for hotels or continue on to friends/relatives. But what if you’re not coming from Seabrook Island? where do you go? Well, you can always follow the traffic and the evacuation route signs. However, you can also get a copy of the South Carolina Hurricane Guide at http://www.scemd.org/pio/publications, which provides all the evacuation routes and keep it in your car. This guide was distributed by the Post & Courier a while ago.
-Submitted by Tidelines Editors