List of emergency numbers

     Hurricane season for the Lowcountry officially begins June 1st every year and ends at the end of November. This time of year can be overwhelming with storms possibly impacting the coast or it can be calm with a possible sign of no hurricanes. Either way, it is always important to prepare for the endless possibilities that hurricane season brings forth. 

     Hurricane season not only brings on hurricanes but also other threats that can be extremely dangerous. Hurricanes stir up the ocean and the force of the winds pushes water onshore. This is known as a storm surge, which can cause extreme flooding on land. Hurricanes are also accompanied by heavy rains, which can also cause intense flooding inland. High winds can destroy buildings, homes, signs, and can cause outdoor items to be projectiles during a storm.

Flashlights

Cash and credit card

Extra house and car keys 

Pet supplies

Tool kit

Extra batteries

Paper plates, napkins, plastic utensils

Hilton Head Island is a

barrier island,

meaning it protects the

mainland from disasters such as erosion and storms. This is the reason it is highly susceptible to hurricanes.

Clothing for several days

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Rain gear

Cell phones with chargers

  • Gather emergency supplies to keep your family safe.


  • Review insurance policies.


  • Make sure that rain gutters are properly maintained.


  • Prepare your car by filling the gas tank and ensuring it is up to date on maintenance.


  • Know the difference between a hurricane watch vs. a hurricane warning.

W H A T   I S   H U R R I C A N E   S E A S O N ?

B E F O R E   A   H U R R I C A N E 

Several day supply of non-perishable food 

First aid kit 

  • Be sure that trees & shrubs near your home are maintained.


  • Clean the yard of items that could become projectiles in high winds.


  • Know your evacuation routes and your destination.


  • Evaluate your home's foundation for cracks and other damages.


  • Locate your water shutoff valve.

Local maps

Important docments

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Bottles (gallons) of water