Has anyone heard about Hurricane Irma??? Yeah, I thought so! As a Lowcountry Native, I've seen my share of storms from Hugo in 1989 up to Matthew in 2016. There are a lot of new residents in the Charleston area that may not have experienced a storm so I put together a list of stuff that I think may be important! Veterans can read on as well...
IF YOU ARE STAYING:
- Get food and water. Pretty simple, right? A lot of stores are now out of water and stuff like bread, etc. Fill up your own containers! I totally forgot I had 2 empty 5-gallon water bottles at home! I now have 10 gallons of basically FREE water! DO NOT forget your pets.
- Let there be LIGHT! Duh...you have to see if the power goes out! Make sure you have flashlights, batteries, and candles. BE CAREFUL if you have kids with candles and don't let them burn when you're not around or going to bed.
- GRILL IT! Fill your propane tanks and get some charcoal and/or wood to cook food on the grill.
- Sixer...yep, I said it. Grab your favorite beverage...AND ICE!
- Gas up the generator if you have one...and get extra fuel! Top your car off just in case.
- Keep in touch: There are a few cool apps that turn your cellphone into a "walkie talkie". Zello Walkie Talkie is a good app that allows you to keep in touch with others during cell phone outages.
IF YOU ARE LEAVING:
- Get GAS! Yep, your car will need this essential liquid.
- Plan your route: Take a look at the local evacuation routes. Believe it or not, there is more than one road that comes in and out of Charleston. YES, THIS IS TRUE!!!! Pick the route closest to you and get on it!
- Snacks and drinks for the car...for those of you that pick I26 for your evacuation route, you will need it! (See Hurricane Floyd in 1999).
- Plan your destination. Pick a place to go early and book your room. Hotels will sell out fast!
- Be prepared that you may not be able to get back when you want to. If destruction and damage occur, it will take a while before you will be able to get back home. Plan on this happening.
- Feed those pets! Bring them with you or if you have a self-sufficient animal, make sure they have plenty of food and water.
A lot of people like to take valuables and personal information with them or prepare that kind of stuff for an event like this. If you are staying home or leaving, it's a good idea to make sure you have what you want together that's important personally to you and your family.
Last but not least...we can replace anything except you and your loved ones. Be safe and smart, protect yourself and your family and be patient with others. Stress levels are up! Good luck and be safe!