Area residents encouraged to prepare for Hurricane Florence

With the approach of Hurricane Florence to the U.S. this week, Columbia-Richland Fire want to remind all area residents to take steps to be prepared.

On Tuesday September 11, 2018 a mandatory evacuation will begin for all coastal evacuation zones in the state. Realize that this will likely bring ADDED traffic to the area as evacuees look to get out of the path of the storm. We ask you to please be patient on the roadways over the coming days as this happens.

We also encourage you to please read the South Carolina 2018 Hurricane Guide, which you can find by clicking below:

http://scemd.cdn.missc.net/media/1282/2018-hurricane-guide_website.pdf

It contains VALUABLE information for you to keep in mind ahead of Florence.

That includes:

– items to have in a Hurricane Kit for your home

– important ways to get information during the storm

– having a plan to seek shelter

– having a plan to protect your pets

– knowing storm terms and risks for danger

As with any weather event the key is to hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

Hurricane Florence has the potential to bring high winds to our area which could bring down trees and power lines. If utility lines come down near your home PLEASE do not go near them.

Finally heavy rains from the storm could create the risk of flash flooding. As always if you come across a flooded roadway in your vehicle, PLEASE turn around and do not try and pass through.

We will continue to provide updates as the storm moves closer through our social media channels. If you haven’t already you can follow us on Twitter (@ColaFire), on our Facebook page (Columbia Fire Department SC), on Nextdoor (Columbia-Richland Fire Rescue) or on Instagram (columbiafire).

 

The South Carolina 2018 Hurricane Guide is a valuable resource to help you get ready for major storms.