Hurricane Info

Hurricane Kit 

To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Additional Emergency Supplies

Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:

  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Glasses and contact lense solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler's checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

*Information supplied by Ready.gov 

Evacuation

Whenever a hurricane threatens our coast, you may plan to leave voluntarily or may be ordered to do so. In the event of a mandatory evacuation, Isle of Palms residents must have a Hurricane Re-entry Sticker, a current Resident Parking Decal or Wild Dunes Owner sticker, in order to return to the island after a storm. 

If an evacuation is ordered you should:

  • unplug all major electrical items
  • turn off breakers located in your home
  • make sure doors and windows are properly locked
  • turn off your water  (individual water shutoff valve is generally located in your water heater closet)

The following needs to be done whether or not an evacuation is ordered:

  • move all porch furniture and outside items to the inside of your home

South Carolina Evacuation Routes

Sand Bags 

Sand bags are available at no charge at the Public Safety Building, located at 30 J C Long Boulevard. Sand is available at the Large Municipal Parking Lot on Pavilion Drive. One must fill their own sand bags. 

 

 

 

A sandy path leading to the beach.