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Is Preparing for Hurricanes in Charleston, South Carolina Overkill?

Posted: 17 Sep, 2014 by:

It’s astounding how many people believe they’ll never need to prepare or recover from a Hurricane in Charleston, South Carolina.  The average length between direct hits here is 10.9 years.  So, why worry?  It’s worth a little worry – and maybe a lot of prep – because with that kind of frequency, we know we will get hit again.  And the average length of time between indirect hits, which can still deliver a wallop, is less than 4 years.

Prepare for a Hurricane

Do we really need to worry, as long as we stay off the beach? It doesn’t matter if you worry; it only matters if you prepare.  We’ve been hit repeatedly since records started being kept—in 1752.  The average wind speed of a hurricane that hits Charleston directly is a sustained 94 miles an hour.  Not gusts, but sustained.  That’s enough to kill—and enough to inflict serious damage on your home.  There’s absolutely no excuse for doing some of the most effective prep that is also the easiest:  Stick our phone number in your wallet.  It’s 800-952-6106.

Create a Plan

Here’s a second easy step, and no, it’s not sandbagging the basement or taping the window.  (You don’t want tape the windows months in advance anyway. Ruins the view!)  That easy step is to create a plan where you and your family will meet in the event of a crisis like this.  Is it your home?  A family member’s place of work?  A church?  It’s vital that you have one so that, whatever comes next, it doesn’t involve hours of fruitless searching for those you love the most.  You might think, I’ll just call them.  That might or might not work depending on whether cell phone service is still working.  It is best to have a meeting plan.  Just those two things, having a meeting plan and having our number, can give you a path forward, even if there’s no time for other prep.

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