While officials are enforcing mandatory evacuations of coastal areas in the Carolinas, many residents farther inland will be riding out the hurricane at home. Here are a few tips to help you be prepared if you’re sheltering in place during Hurricane Florence:
Safety During Hurricane Florence
- Stay informed by monitoring Hurricane Florence updates via radio, TV, and internet.
- Secure your home, close storm shutters, and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.
- Objects such as lawn furniture, trash bins, hanging plants, toys, and even awnings can be broken and picked up by strong winds and potentially become a projectile.
- Turn off utilities if instructed by authorities to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
- Turn off propane tanks.
- Avoid using the phone except for emergencies.
- Have some cash available. If power is lost, ATMs may not be working.
- Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.
When the storm intensifies:
- Stay indoors and away from windows and glass& doors.
- Close all interior doors—secure and brace external doors.
- Keep curtains and blinds closed. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm—winds will pick up again.
- Do not venture outside during Hurricane Florence for any reason.
- Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level.
- Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.
If your safety is at risk at any point:
- Be prepared with a “go bag” for each family member should you need to be transported to a shelter.
- Do not attempt to travel on your own.
- Contact emergency responders immediately if your home becomes unsafe.
In South Carolina, visit the SC Emergency Management Division website for a list of shelters or download the SC Emergency Manager app to find your zone based on GPS or by entering a physical address. Get the free app in the Apple App Store or on Google Play.
Hurricane Florence is unpredictable. If you are uncertain about evacuating, or if you are in a voluntary evacuation area, it’s better to err on the side of caution. Understand that if you are unable to get out once severe weather arrives, emergency responders may not be able to get to you.
If you don’t have an evacuation plan in place and it’s time to go: Contact AAA Travel for assistance with booking hotel accommodations. We are keeping an up to date list of hotel availability at properties located inland and are standing by to help.
CONTACT AAA TRAVEL: 800-444-8691