Massive Evacuation- Hurricane Mathew and Prepardness

Hurricane Matthew: Fleeing Residents Find Empty Shelves, Lines for Gas

Empty shelves and long gas-station lines were reported across the Southeast as coastal communities prepared Wednesday to flee deadly Hurricane Matthew.

A state of emergency was declared in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas as the Category-3 hurricane crawled through the Caribbean and threatened a damaging rendezvous with the U.S. coast later this week.

Meteorologists are still unclear exactly how Matthew will impact the U.S, but South Carolina is preparing to evacuate almost a quarter of its population and other states have brought in the National Guard.

IMAGE: Summerville, S.C., Wal-Mart
Shelves usually filled with water were empty Tuesday at a Wal-Mart store in Summerville, S.C. Kimberly Wood Pruitt — WCBD-TV

Residents have already begun stocking up on supplies, with superstore shelves running empty of essentials such as bread, milk, and batteries, and cars forming long lines at gas stations.

“It’s a good that [people] are actually paying attention to the storm and are being prepared,” said 45-year-old Stacie Klein, from Delray Beach, Florida.

According to Klein, three stores in her area had been depleted of essential supplies Tuesday.

“If things look too bad, it’s hotel bound for me,” she added. “I’m glued to the TV and have notifications and alerts sent to my phone.”

Similar shortages were reported in other parts of Florida and in Charleston, South Carolina.

Image: Gas line ahead of S.C. evacuation
Motorists line up at a gas station Tuesday in Mount Pleasant, S.C., in advance of evacuation orders for Hurricane Matthew. Bruce Smith / AP

Myrtle Beach resident Michaela Choate, 22, said she “couldn’t even get near a gas station” on Tuesday.

“It was so packed. You couldn’t get into the parking lot,” she said. Choate had better luck filling up early Wednesday, and she and her family are headed to Asheville, North Carolina, to wait for the storm to pass.

“It’s kind of scary to think something like this is coming to hit our home,” she said.

The Mount Pleasant, South Carolina police department asked residents to avoid calling 911 over gas shortages, adding, “Remember to be patient with one another.”

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Preparedness is key in these moments and you can’t wait until the last minute.

Basic Preparedness Tips

  • Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
  • Put together a disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate
  • If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
  • Make a family emergency communication plan.
  • Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications.To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”

This section is Expanded. Click to CollapsePreparing Your Home

  • Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, so before hurricane season trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
  • Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
  • Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including the garage doors.
  • Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
  • Consider building a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter designed for protection from high-winds and in locations above flooding levels.

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  • If you’re not in an area that is recommended for evacuation, plan to stay at home or where you are and let friends and family know where you are.
  • Close storm shutters, and stay away from windows. Flying glass from broken windows could injure you.
  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored.
  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

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  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Charge your cell phone now so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.

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  • Bookmark your city or county website for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.
  • Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks); and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.
  • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.

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  • Turn on your TV or radio in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Plan how to communicate with family members if you lose power. For example, you can call, text, email or use social media. Remember that during disasters, sending text messages is usually reliable and faster than making phone calls because phone lines are often overloaded.
  • Review your evacuation plan with your family. You may have to leave quickly so plan ahead.
  • Keep your car in good working condition, and keep the gas tank full; stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.

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  • Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.
  • Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.
  • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
  • Watch out for debris and downed power lines.
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Avoid flood water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines and may hide dangerous debris or places where the ground is washed away.
  • Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.
  • Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof), as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm.

Stay safe my friends- Cardinal Prepper

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