It’s that timeagain – Hurricane Season time – time to address Emergency Preparedness.
The first thing to address is to be prepared (the boy scout motto holds true to this day) or READY, as in ready.gov. On ready.gov, you’ll see that you need to Prepare, Plan and Stay Informed. And, the information is available in multiple languages including Chinese – 中文, French – Francais, Haitian – Creole, Korean – 한국의, Russian – русский язык, Spanish – Español, Tagalog – Tagalog, Vietnamese – tiẽng việt, and Urdu – اردو.
A hurricane can have potentially long lasting and devastating effects if you are caught unprepared. It is not difficult to take steps before a hurricane hits to protect you and your home, but dealing with the aftermath of a hurricane when you did not prepare can be a long painful process. Don’t wait until a hurricane is on its way toward your home town; take the time now to secure the safety of you and your family so you are not caught off-guard by a hurricane this season. In South Carolina, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division is a great place to start to prepare for a disaster.
Secure your home with permanent storm shutters or plywood.
Make sure your roof is securely fastened to the frame structure of your home.
Trim trees and shrubs.
Clean out rain gutters and downspouts.
If you have a boat, secure it.
Build or determine which room in your house is the most secure in case of an emergency.
Make copies of your personal records including Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, Passport, etc. Give the copies to relatives in another state or keep them stored electronically where they can be accessed from anywhere.
Families that are displaced due to hurricane might have problems finding employment. The Disaster Unemployment Assistance Program gives assistance through unemployment benefits. You cannot be eligible for these benefits if you already receive unemployment. Visit their website for eligibility requirements.