You can’t stop a tropical storm or hurricane, but you can take steps now to protect you and your family.   The worst thing that people who live along the coast ( hello Savannah, Georgia! ) can do is to NOT prepare for tropical storms and hurricanes.

The Atlantic season runs from June 1st to November 30th.  According to the NHC, the two key factors contributing to weather safety is preparing in advance for the risks and to act on those preparations when alerted by emergency officials.

When a Watch is issued, conditions pose a possible threat to a specific area within 36 hours.

When a Warning is issued, winds of 74 mph or higher are expected to affect a specified area within 24 hrs. This Warning is the signal to take immediate action to prepare for the full impact of a hurricane. The consequences for coastal communities could be devastating if proper emergency actions are not taken.

Long before a storm becomes an immediate threat, you should have already decided where you will go if an evacuation is necessary: friends and relatives, motel or hotel outside the threatened area, or public shelter.  The more hazards in your location, the more important it is that you leave even if it is only precautionary. If you live in a mobile home, even if it is well away from the coast and tied down, the wind can pose a threat to your safety. If you live in an evacuation zone you should leave as early as possible; preferably when the Voluntary Evacuation is announced. Planning ahead is vital to ensuring that you can evacuate quickly and safely, no matter what the circumstances.

Chatham County Georgia Evacuation Zones:
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For an interactive map on the evacuation zones CLICK HERE!
This will allow you to type in any address in Chatham County and easily identify which zone you are in.

Prepare an emergency water supply

  • Have at least 5 gallons of water per person (which should be enough to last 3 to 5 days)
  • Gather clean containers for water
  • Get supplies to make your drinking water safe (like iodine tablets or chlorine bleach)

Prepare an emergency food and medicine supply

  • Put together a 3 to 5 day supply of food that doesn’t go bad (like canned food)
  • Make sure to have enough baby food or formula (if needed)
  • Gather any prescription medicines

Gather safety items, including:

  • First aid kit and instructions
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Sleeping bags or extra blankets
  • Phone charging cable
  • External battery for charging

Gather personal care products, including:

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet cleaning cloths (like baby wipes) in case you don’t have clean water
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Tampons and pads
  • Diapers

Tip: Make sure your supplies are stored together in a place that’s easy to reach.

Here are some additional resources that may be helpful as you prepare for the storm season!

Additional Resources:

What you should know about Hurricanes

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