The S.C. Emergency Management Division's 2011 South Carolina Hurricane Guide will be available starting Wednesday, the beginning of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season. The S.C. Hurricane Guide will be in nine coastal newspapers, including The Post and Courier, and will be available for download at scemd.org.

The guide is the only officially recognized hurricane preparedness manual for South Carolina and is valid for the 2011 hurricane season, which lasts from today through Nov. 30. The guide includes important information that people can use before, during and after hurricane threats.

Preparation information includes lists of suggested safety and convenience items, evacuation routes, shelter locations, key broadcast stations, useful websites, animal care resources, and a map of vulnerable coastal areas. SCEMD has compiled this life safety information from federal and state agencies, volunteer organizations and the private sector.