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Would you be ready?


August 30, 2017   By Jessica Yourko in Storms and Outages

Last October’s Hurricane Matthew struck Santee Cooper’s service territory last October.

Hurricane season is in full force, but here on the East Coast, things have been pretty quiet. So far, we have been lucky.

Texas, on the other hand, stared down Hurricane Harvey last Friday night. Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph. Homes and businesses were destroyed, families displaced and lives were lost. It was devastating. Now, those same people are battling catastrophic flooding from rains that are predicted to last from days to weeks. 

What if a major hurricane was headed our way?  Would you be ready? 

Hurricane season doesn’t end until Dec. 1. We still have three full months to wait out the tropics. While we are waiting, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to go ahead and get an emergency plan in place. Here are just a few things you may want to consider before, during and after a major storm:

  1. Listen to NOAA Weather Radio for critical information.
  2. Check your disaster supplies and replace and restock as needed.
  3. Secure your home and any items outside that could be tossed around by the wind.
  4. Fill your car’s gas tank.
  5. Keep your cellphone charged.
  6. Have at least a three-day supply of water, food and any other essentials you may need.
  7. Assemble a basic first aid kit and remember to include any medications you take.
  8. Know your evacuation route.
  9. Make sure friends or family members are aware of your plans.
  10. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest in storm/outage-related information or report and monitor outages online at our Storm Center or by calling 1-888-769-7688.

For more information on preparing for disasters, please visit our website, ready.gov and the American Red Cross.

Don’t let severe weather catch you off guard this season.