COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) – Gov. Henry McMaster held a media briefing Friday with state agencies to discuss the state’s preparation for potential impact from Hurricane Isaias.
In a news release, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division said they are monitoring the storm, which they said could affect the state starting next week.
“We’ve been watching Hurricane Isaias very closely over the past few days,” SCEMD Director Kim Stenson said. “There is still a lot of uncertainty in the forecast. It will be important for everyone to review their hurricane plans now and pay close attention to the forecasts over the weekend.”
SCEMD is asking South Carolinians to review their personal safety plans and consider actions they would need to take if the storm impacts the state:
- Be sure your emergency supplies kit has enough bottled water and non-perishable food to sustain each family member for three days. Include a weather radio, flashlight, extra batteries, chargers, toiletries, change of clothes, blankets or sleeping bag, rain gear and appropriate footwear. Also include copies of important documents, such as birth certificates and insurance policies.
- Prepare your home for tropical storm conditions by making sure gutters are cleaned, storm drains are clear and any lawn furniture can be secured.
- Keep your cell phones and mobile devices charged in case of power outages.
- Gather pet supplies and put them in an easily-accessible container.
- Know Your Zone. Residents in coastal counties can know their hurricane evacuation zone instantly by visiting scemd.org/KnowYourZone or downloading the SC Emergency Manager mobile app.
- Stay tuned to local media for the latest advisories from the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center (NHC), as well as state and local emergency management officials.
- Follow trusted, verified sources for the latest news and be prepared to follow the instructions of state and local public safety officials.
According to the release, SCEMD urges residents to download the SC Emergency Manager app to build a personal emergency plan, keep track of emergency supplies, as well as have a way to stay connected with loved ones.