Governor Nikki Haley has proclaimed May 31 – June 6 to be 2015 South Carolina Hurricane Awareness Week. The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD), the National Weather Service and county emergency managers urge citizens to take time now to prepare for disasters by reviewing their family emergency plans and developing a disaster supplies kit.
Derrec Becker of SCEMD told South Carolina Radio Network that the state’s annual Hurricane Guide has been completely updated for the 2015 season and details useful information on what to do before, during and after the landfall of a major hurricane.
Becker encourages everyone living near or visiting the coast to “Know Your Zone” in case a hurricane prompts an evacuation.
“It’s important you know your evacuation zone — the zones are the areas in which county emergency managers would work with the governor to issue an evacuation,” Becker said. He recommends visiting scemd.org/knowyourzone to use an interactive map showing color-coded coastal evacuation zones, routes and links to county emergency management pages with detailed hurricane evacuation information.
Becker said planning in advance is also important. “Have a plan for you and your family should there be a hurricane approaching South Carolina.” He said reviewing that plan with all of your family members is vital as well so everybody knows what to do.
Despite forecasters’ predictions for a below-normal number of storms, fewer storms do not necessarily mean a less destructive season. SCEMD joins the National Hurricane Center in reminding everyone that some of the most destructive hurricanes, such as Agnes (1972), Alicia (1983) and Andrew (1992), have occurred during seasons in which little hurricane activity was expected.