This morning, Governor Henry McMaster and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) urged South Carolinians to prepare for the possibility of Tropical Storm Florence impacting the state. Because the path and strength of the storm are uncertain, Governor McMaster declared a State of Emergency, which enables all state agencies to coordinate resources in preparation for Tropical Storm Florence. 

Although it is still unknown exactly how Tropical Storm Florence will affect South Carolina, it is important to be prepared. This includes keeping up to date with credible storm information, knowing your evacuation zones, and having an evacuation route planned. 

People in potentially vulnerable areas should review personal safety plans, including:
  • Know Your Hurricane Evacuation Zone: If evacuation becomes necessary, information for residents will be broadcast by coastal evacuation zone. Residents can locate their zone by visiting, downloading the SC Emergency Manager mobile app and by referring to the 2018 S.C. Hurricane Guide.
  • Prepare to evacuate if ordered to do so: Residents living in vulnerable areas and those living in mobile homes that are in the storm’s path must plan their evacuation now. Become familiar with evacuation routes, which are marked with special signs. Options include: a hotel, motel, or friend’s home that is outside the vulnerable area or an American Red Cross shelter. Hotels and motels fill up quickly and “out of county” evacuations take time.
  • Fuel cars, keep supplies in vehicles, secure important documents: If the storm approaches South Carolina, individuals and families should fill up their cars with gas. Road maps, nonperishable snack foods, a first-aid kit that includes a supply of your family’s prescription medications, and convenience items such as diapers should be available in the car. Secure important documents in waterproof packaging.
  • Obtain supplies to protect the home: If residents are ordered to evacuate, there will be little time to protect their homes for the storm. Boarding supplies such as wood and shutters should be purchased in advance. Make plans to clear property of outdoor furniture and debris that would damage the home during a hurricane.
  • Consider the safety of pets: Pets are not allowed in Red Cross shelters. Individuals and families should plan to board pets with veterinarians, kennels, or other facilities in non-vulnerable areas. Identification and rabies tags should be attached to the pets’ collars.

Visit the South Carolina emergency Management Division website, or download their South Carolina Manager Mobile App for resources and up to date information.