While there have been hurricanes form outside of the official Hurricane Season which runs from June 1st to November 31st each year, the majority of storms occur during this time. Everyone living in the Lowcountry should understand the seriousness of hurricanes and other tropical systems and now is the time to refresh your memory and get ready for Hurricane Season. Don’t wait until the last minute, get your supplies ready now.
- Get cash - Financial institutions may be closed for several days and ATMs will not work during prolonged power outages associated with the aftermath of a storm.
- Water - Fill all of your bath tubs up with water and stock up on bottled drinking water, you should have a 7-day supply of 1 gallon per day, per person.
- Purchase a small grill (propane or charcoal), have plenty of propane or charcoal and lighter fluid on hand for cooking.
- Purchase fuel - gas pumps will not work during power outages, you should fill up all your vehicles and have several gallons of gasoline stored in approved non-medal plastic containers, fill up any empty propane tanks or purchase new five-gallon tanks for grilling.
- Batteries, radio (battery operated), flashlights, candles, waterproof matches, lighter.
- Prescription Medication - Be sure you have all of your important prescriptions filled and placed in your First Aid Kit.
- Purchase or prepare a first aid kit to include, EpiPen (if applicable) and other prescription medications, iodine or water purification tablets, disinfectants, bleach, hygiene items, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, soap, insect repellent, and sunscreen.
- If you have pets you should have a supply of all your pet needs including pet food, medications, bedding, and traveling crates. If you plan on sheltering locally you should have a list of pet friendly shelters.
- Ice - have at least two large coolers filled with ice to help preserve food during power outages.
- Have a supply of non-perishable can goods, canned meats and manual can opener and a sharp knife
- Purchase disposable plates, cups and utensils
- Tools, hammer, pliers, screwdrivers, rope, nails, duct tape, tarps, chain saw (fully fueled)
- Baby supplies, diapers, wipes, food/formula (if applicable)
- Secure or remove all outdoor furniture
- Board up windows
- Unplug electronics
- Trim dead branches from trees and shrubs.
- Know your evacuation route and have a travel plan and meeting place for your immediate family and any extended family.
- Move any vehicles to high ground like the upper decks of a local parking garage.
- Create a paper copy of all your important contacts as you may not have cell phone coverage for several days after a storm.
- Store all important documents in water proof containers or zip lock bags.
- Never use charcoal or gas-powered generators indoors. The use of these products creates dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, an odorless and deadly gas that cannot be detected that may result in death.
Just like you should be prepared for Hurricane Season, you should also be adequately prepared when it comes time to buy or sell real estate. You should trust the experience, knowledge and expertise of Rick Sanchez and Jim McKenrick with Rick and JIm Properties who know and understand the pitfalls and dangers of buying and selling real estate to guide you through every step of the process. They can help you get you the best return on your investment and find you the most home for the money. Be sure to find and like us on Facebook at R and J Properties to stay informed with all of the latest happenings in real estate. You can reach us anytime at 843-469-6570/6580. We look forward to hearing from you soon.