Hurricane Safety on the East Coast

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Georgia and the Carolinas lie directly in hurricane territory. However, residents of these states shouldn’t think they must relocate; they must only accept the fact and deal with it effectively. There are many ways to survive the effects of even the most ferocious of hurricanes.  

Before the Hurricane Hits 

  • Listen to local news and any stations that are tracking the path of the hurricane.
  • Make sure everyone knows where they should meet if the group becomes separated.
  • Charge all devices, like cell phones, backup batteries, etc.
  • Take all outside furniture and loose items inside, either to the garage or a sturdy shed.
  • Close storm shutters or board up windows, if necessary.
  • If you are leaving, unplug any nonessential appliances, like the TV, lamps, coffee maker, etc. 

Be sure to pack a supply bag for several days, which should include:

  • At least three days of drinking water, two gallons per day per person
  • Blanket
  • Extra clothes, socks and jackets
  • Utility knife and lighter
  • Non-perishable food
  • A manual (not electric) can opener
  • A flashlight with extra batteries
  • A battery-operated radio
  • First aid kit with the usual bandages, antiseptics, allergy and pain medications, plus any essential prescription medications 

During a Hurricane if You Can’t Evacuate 

  • Stay indoors away from windows and glass doors
  • Close interior doors and brace exterior doors
  • Close all blinds and windows
  • Seek refuge in small, windowless rooms such as a bathroom or closet
  • Lie on the floor under a sturdy object

Another important piece of advice is to be distrustful of the lulls in the storm that are sure to occur. A resurgence of the hurricane often happens between lulls, so be cautious and don’t be fooled by any calm moments. Listen to your radio and do not come out of your refuge until told by authorities that it is safe to do so. 

If directed, all residents should evacuate and should strictly follow the directions given to them. If you are not told to evacuate, but feel that you are in danger, by all means, evacuate with the others. The residents most commonly directed to evacuate live in: 

  • Mobile homes or temporary dwellings
  • High-rise buildings, especially on the higher levels
  • Coastal and floodplain areas or near a river or inland waterway 

After the Hurricane 

Do not let your guard down yet. Utilities are undoubtedly affected by the storm, and power may not come back on for some time. Even though you may even find yourself in total darkness without electricity, do not light any torches or candles to try to navigate the area; this is what the flashlights are for. Watch for and avoid downed utility lines as they could be dangerous. It’s a good idea to wait as long as possible before you drive anywhere. The storm may have rendered familiar roadways impassable, and it is not always clear how deep those puddles in the road might be. 

Hopefully, the storm didn’t outlast your water supply because the tap water in your home may be tainted and should not be considered clean and drinkable until an all-clear signal is given by the storm authorities. 

By following these few rules, everyone in your household should be able to ride out the storm safely and be able to return to some state of normalcy before too long. The unknown factor here, and one you have no control over, is how long it may take to restore the power in your area if it should happen to go out. 

With proper preparations, you can stay safe while enjoying life in Georgia and the Carolinas. Find your perfect home style, floor plans and amenities created by the expert Landmark 24 Homes community developers.

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