Charleston Hurricane Guide


What Supplies Do I Need?

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Hurricane season begins in June and lasts through November. Hurricanes can wreak havoc in many ways, with lashing winds, torrential rains and inundating storm surges. Residents living in the Lowcountry need to know how to survive the fury of a hurricane because they are an inevitable part of our coastal communities.


  • Enter the season prepared and make an evacuation plan BEFORE a hurricane hits.

  • Know all evacuation routes.

  • Make sure your home meets building codes for withstanding hurricanes.

  • Stock up on emergency supplies (Checklist below).

  • Protect windows with plywood boards or storm shutters.

  • If called to evacuate, do so immediately.

  • Remember that a lull often signifies the storm’s eye—not its end. Anyone riding out a hurricane should wait for authorities to announce that danger has passed.


  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation.

  • Inside Tip: Keep empty gallon jugs throughout the hurricane season. You can fill them up with water at home to avoid the masses grabbing last minute supplies at the grocery store.

  • Gasoline, during hurricane season, always keep your tank at least half full

  • Flashlights and extra batteries

  • Local maps

  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries

  • Hard drive with computer data

  • Laptop, camera, electronics

  • Moist towelettes and garbage bags

  • List of emergency contacts with phone numbers and addresses

  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter and car charger in case of evacuation

  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, passport, drivers license and birth certificate

  • Prescription medication and glasses

  • Manual can opener for food

  • First aid kit

  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – when diluted, nine parts water to one-part bleach. Bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe, or bleaches with added cleaners.