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Anytime it’s clear a hurricane is headed toward the Lowcountry, you should get prepared to handle what’s coming. Here’s a checklist of what you need

Water: At least two gallons per person per day for three days.
Food: At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, such as canned goods, peanut butter, crackers.
Clothing: Pack for at least three days, including sturdy shoes, a long-sleeved shirt and long pants.  Pack more if there’s a chance it will be cold.
First aid kit, including masks
Flashlight and extra batteries
Tools, including multi-purpose knife, whistle, wrench, pliers, can opener, screwdriver, matches, duct tape, matches
Sanitation supplies, including moist towelettes, garbage bags, toilet paper, personal hygiene products, paper towels.
Communications: Cell phone with chargers, battery-powered radio, 
Maps (in case your phone doesn’t work).
Medications and glasses
For babies:  Infant formula and diapers.
For pets: Pet food, extra water
Important documents, including family emergency contact information, copies of insurance policies, identification, passport, other important documents, bank account records.  Put in a portable waterproof  container.
Cash and change.

You also may want to consider paper, pencils, books, games, puzzles or other activities. 

Other tips

Fill your car’s tank. If the power goes out, the gas pumps may not work.

Declutter your yard. Bring in hanging plants, outdoor furniture and anything that can take flight in high winds.  Clean gutters and cut limbs from trees.  

Sentimental items. Losing family photos or old love letters to a storm can be devastating. Get eyes on your most prized possessions and decide what will go with you and what will stay in case of an evacuation.

Have a plan; Share it with family and friends. Talk to your family about what you all will do in an emergency situation. If you live with roommates, talk to them about their plans. If you live alone, find a hurricane buddy. 

Hotel reservations. If you plan to leave town and know you’ll need a hotel, make reservations as early as you can.

Document the inside of your home. If your home gets damaged in a storm, it helps to have photo or video evidence of what was inside before the storm.  Take pictures of each room to document your valuables.

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