Harvey

Stephanie Locke stocks up on water at H-E-B on Riverside Drive in Austin, Texas, in preparation for severe weather expected to hit central Texas connected to Hurricane Harvey. (James Gregg/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

In its annual hurricane guide, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division urges residents to assemble necessities well before a tropical cyclone approaches the Palmetto State.

The agency’s basic checklist includes:

  • South Carolina Hurricane Guide
  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • Portable radio with extra batteries
  • Extra charger for mobile devices
  • NOAA Weather Radio
  • At least three days of nonperishable food
  • Two gallons of bottled water per person, per day
  • A first-aid kit along with any prescription medications needed
  • Bedding and clothing for each family member
  • Blankets and towels
  • Plastic dishes and eating utensils
  • Rain jackets and pants
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and mosquito repellent
  • Baby supplies like food, diapers and medication
  • Pet supplies like food, a leash and carrier, and vaccination records
  • Sanitary supplies
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Soap, shampoo and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of important documents
  • Driver’s license, Social Security card, proof of residence, insurance policies, wills, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, tax records, medical records, family pictures, etc.
  • Enough cash to pay for a full tank of gas

In addition to these basic supplies, the S.C. Hurricane Guide recommends keeping such items as road maps, jumper cables and a tire repair kit in your vehicle.

Authorities also recommend that residents keep their vehicles in good repair and make sure they are fully fueled before evacuating.

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Gregory Yee covers breaking news and public safety. He's a native Angeleno and previously covered crime and courts for the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, CA. He studied journalism and Spanish literature at the University of California, Irvine.