From staff reports
Hurricane Preparedness Week runs through Saturday, May 15.
During the next few days, Beaufort County residents are encouraged to set aside some time to review their emergency plans for the upcoming hurricane season, which lasts from June 1 to November 30.
Disasters can strike without warning and leave whole neighborhoods flooded and without power and water. Some emergencies can confine residents to their homes for days or even force them to evacuate the area.
As such, it is important to be ready. A few basics for planning include:
Have at least three days of water and nonperishable foods on hand;
Create an emergency supplies kit for both family members and any household pets. Visit ready.gov for emergency items to be included;
Gather copies of important documents, including health records, easily accessible. For documents to keep handy, visit https://bit.ly/3yfcbyq;
Learn about hurricane evacuation zones and their vulnerability to storm surge on South Carolina’s coast with an interactive map at https://bit.ly/3bfxOon;
Download S.C. Emergency Manager (the official app of SCEMD). Using this app, coastal residents can determine their evacuation zone based on their phone’s location or by entering a physical address. Get the free app via the Apple App Store or Google Play;
Sign up for updates from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office at https://bit.ly/2RFHX6N or text your ZIP code to 888777;
Sign up for updates from Beaufort County government at https://bit.ly/3eDDDOs;
And follow Beaufort County government’s Facebook page at https://bit.ly/3tJfI4q.