What to do before a hurricane


Get flood insurance now. Standard homeowner's insurance does not cover flooding. Go to the National Flood Insurance Program at www.floodsmart.gov. More than 75 percent of Beaufort County will flood more under Hurricane Category 1 conditions.

Continue to listen to NOAA radio for information from National Weather Service.

Create an evacuation plan and communicate that with family and friends living elsewhere.

Keep car gas tank filled. Gas stations that might be open will be few and far between with long lines.

Check disaster supplies. Refresh as needed.

Bring inside anything that can be picked up by high winds: lawn furniture, flowerpots, flags, decorations.

Evacuate if advised by authorities. There will be no voluntary evacuation order. The governor will issue the evacuation order.

Turn off the water to your house before leaving. The turn-off valve will be located somewhere on your property. In Sun City, the valve is located under a green cover in the yard and requires only a quarter turn to shut off.

Do not turn off electricity to your house. Turn refrigerator and freezer to the highest setting and keep closed.

Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances.

Close windows, doors and hurricane shutters. If you do not have shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.

Learn about your community's hurricane response plan.

(From The American Red Cross)

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