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Hurricane Season Preparation

August 28th, 2018 Posted by Driving Safety, Personal Injury, Water Safety No Comment yet

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.

Home Preparation

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.

Flood Insurance

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.

Evacuation Plan

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.


Boating Safety

May 23rd, 2017 Posted by Water Safety No Comment yet
With Memorial Day coming up on Monday, many Charlestonians will be celebrating the holiday on one of our many beautiful waterways.  Boats can just as dangerous as car accidents, if not more so, thus this weekend presents a perfect opportunity to brush up on South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ laws and regulations for boating, and review some boat safety tips for yourself.

1.   Make sure EVERYONE in the boat has a life jacket.
While it’s not required that all passengers wear the lifejackets all the time, you must always have one on board for every single passenger.

2.   Check the weather.
South Carolinians know better than anyone just how quickly the weather can change. Don’t get stuck in a storm.  My Radar is a great app from NOAA to help track clouds and incoming storms.

3.   Consider a boating safety course.
Beginner and advanced boaters can always benefit from a boater safety course.  It may take a couple of hours, but isn’t the safety of you and your passengers worth it?

4.   Check your fuel and battery.
Nothing is worse than running out of gas on the water and having to call someone to tow you to the nearest marina. A quick check of the fuel levels (and the rest of your equipment, like lights and fire extinguisher) before you depart can make a huge difference, especially if you are planning on a long day out on the water.

5.   Don’t drink and boat!
Boating Under the Influence is a crime just like DUI. The only difference is that it’s much harder to pass Field Sobriety Tests while on a moving boat! Be smart; don’t drink and boat, and always remember that alcohol can have a more profound and dangerous effect when boating.


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