June 1 marked the official start to hurricane season in South Carolina. While the immediate impact of hurricanes are often seen along the coast, those who live inland can also experience homes wrecked by storms and debris. NOAA and the National Hurricane Center released their annual report on what to expect during the 2018 season. An article written in the Post and Courier anticipates 3 potentially catastrophic storms this hurricane season. This being said, here is some advice on how to keep your home safe and prepared during hurricane season here in Charleston, SC.
Board up your windows and doors with plywood as wind can cause debris to break a window or force open a door causing even greater damage.
Trim your trees before the start of a hurricane, especially limbs that hang close to your home.
Most major insurance companies offer flood insurance programs. However, some companies make it extremely difficult to get flood insurance if a storm has already formed. If you live in an area where floods are common, this should be a priority.
Transportation: The DOT has developed routes to aid in hurricane evacuation. All of these routes can be found on the SCDOT page. Be sure to consult this information before a hurricane strikes so you can plan in advance and be ahead of the traffic. Also, make sure you fill up your gas tank before the storm hits. A lot of times long lines develop at gas stations and fuel runs dry. It’s important to fill up your tank up as soon as possible.
Short-Term Relocation: Be sure to have a place you can go if forced to evacuate. Having a contact out of town, whether its a family member or friend, is imperative. Keep them posted when a storm is coming and when you plan to evacuate.
What to Take: When evacuating, it is important to remember all important documents, medications, and supplies needed for you, your family, and animals. Make sure to take all prescription medications, drivers licenses/picture ids & bank cards, clothing, and supplies for pets, including food.
If you have any issues with insurance regarding weather related accidents or home damage, you may need an experienced attorney. We are always here to help: 843-225-2520.