In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

How to be prepared before a hurricane hits

  1. KNOW YOUR ZONE FOR EVACUATION.  If you’re an Horry County resident, click here to find out what yours is.  This will inform you of the safest way to evacuate based on your location and vulnerability to the storm surge.
  2. SECURE YOUR HOME 
  3. BE PREPARED and have a basic hurricane kit.

    • All basic hurricane kits should have:
  • One gallon of water per person, per day for at least 3 days
  • 3 day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery powered radios
  • A flashlight with extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Towels, moist towelettes, trash bags
  • Manual can opener
  • Solar powered cell phone chargers
  • Wrench or pliers
  • Cash

Extra things to consider:

  • Prescription medicines
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers and wipes
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Household bleach
  • Waterproof matches
  • Feminine supplies
  • Sleeping bags
  • Glasses and contact lens solution
  • Important family documents such as insurance policies, identification, and bank records should be placed in waterproof, portable containers

    Evacuations are ONLY issued for areas vulnerable to flooding from storm surge or areas vulnerable to fresh water flooding. Residents of weak structures or mobile homes may also be sometimes asked to evacuate. If your home is outside of an evacuation zone, you should stay put and ride the hurricane out. Most homes are built to withstand hurricane force winds.  While some minor damage to siding, shingles, windows and an doors is possible, surviving a storm in most homes is simple with basic precautions. Evacuating when you don’t need to unnecessarily clogs roadways and evacuation routes, puts an added strain on evacuation shelters and takes up much needed room at hotels outside of the evacuation zone.