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Hurricane Irma: Helpful Tips and Tricks

Turn your washing machine into a cooler: Fill it up with ice and close the lid to keep items cool. And don’t worry about what to do when the ice begins to melt; the machine is designed to drain water.
Your dishwasher can be a waterproof safe: It’s sealed to keep water in, so it should do just fine keeping it out too. Just make sure all your dishes are taken out before loading up important documents or belongings.
Water bottles and flashlights make great lanterns: Instead of purchasing an expensive lantern, try taping a flashlight to the bottom of a water bottle to illuminate a room. For a bigger glow, try a larger water jug with a head light strapped onto it.
Aluminum dish pans can keep your furniture out of water: It might not do much in major flooding, but if water begins to pool on your floor, placing those disposable aluminum cooking pans around the furniture legs can help minimize water damage.
Plastic bins and bags are your best friend: These are water tight and can store a variety of items you either want to keep safe or dry.
Make extra ice ahead of time: Freeze water in bags or bottles. When the power goes out, you’ll likely need it.
Fill up the tub with water: You might not need it for drinking, but it will come in handy if you’re looking for water for cleaning, boiling or flushing!
Take pictures before the storm: It’ll be a big help for insurance purposes, in case you have to make a claim due to damage. All you need is your cell phone. The best thing to do is walk through each room slowly, narrating what the camera is looking at and take a visual inventory of things covered by your insurance policy. Make sure to send that video to someone or upload it to the cloud, so you have it when you need it.
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*Please note that these are simply suggestions and we encourage you to visit the SC Emergency Management Division website for information specific to your area.
If you anticipate having to leave your home for a safer place, please remember to fill up your gas tank, pack a stash of snacks and water, your cell phone charger as well as some wet wipes. Please be patient, make sure you turn around and don’t drown and
Nothing is more important than your life.



Individual and Community Preparedness eBrief

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September 8, 2017

In this issue:

Prepare for Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Categories

Whether you live in the path of Hurricane Irma, or know someone who does, or, if inland flooding may impact you, now is the time to prepare. Many Americans have already experienced the devastating impacts of this major hurricane.

History shows that storm tracks can change quickly and unexpectedly. Residents and visitors in areas potentially affected by the severe weather should continue to monitor local radio or TV stations for updated emergency information, and follow the instructions of state, local, and tribal officials. If told to evacuate, do so immediately.

Learn what the different hurricane categories mean and download Prepareathon’s How to Prepare for a Hurricane Guide. This guide includes a hurricane preparedness checklist, evacuation planning guidance, ways to protect your home from wind and water damage, as well as tips to stay safe and healthy while cleaning up after a storm.

Download the guide today, and share on your website or social media how to prepare for a hurricane, stay safe during a storm, and recover from an incident.

For additional free hurricane preparedness tools, tips, and resources – including the When the Waves Swell video, visit the Prepareathon website.

For donation information about Hurricane Irma, go to the How To Help section on

FEMA is looking to recruit personnel for temporary assignments in response to the hurricanes. For more information, go to

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Help Your Neighbor and Community During National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month 2017 Logo

The second week of National Preparedness Month (NPM) 2017 begins on Sunday, September 10.

Each week NPM focuses on a different preparedness action. The theme for, September 10-16, is, “Help Your Neighbor and Community.” Learn the skills you need to help yourself and others until help arrives. Consider the following preparedness steps from theReady Campaign:

If you plan to host a preparedness event, we encourage you to share it on the Prepareathon website.

You can find more resources including the weekly themes, graphics, videos, and social media content in the NPM Toolkit.

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Participate in the 9/11 Day of Service

9/11 Day Logo

More than 40 million people observe September 11 each year by doing good deeds and charitable service according This makes it the largest day of charitable activity in the United States.

Find ways to get yourself, your family, your organization, your employees, or your students involved with these tips:

For more information on the September 11 National Day of Service, visit To find additional volunteer opportunities, visit or join your local Community Emergency Response Team.

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Important Dates to Remember