Documents and Brochure Information:
Hurricane Season Brochure
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Emergency Preparedness
Facts on Hurricanes and the Oil Spill
South Carolina Hurricane Guide
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
Beaufort County Emergency Management
ARC Are You Ready Flyer
ARC Disaster Plan
Disaster Preparedness for Pets
FEMA Hurricane Evacuation Book
The Main Exchange and 7-Day Store have hurricane preparedness supplies and an information station with tips on what you need to get you and your family ready. Hours of operation and special events can be found at: www.mccs-sc.com/shopping/index.asp
The Depot's DeCA Commissary is open at 0900 during the week for early Bird Shopping! Early Bird shoppers are able to purchase under 30 items, and use the self-checkout registers. For detailed information please go to www.commissaries.com/stores/html/store.cfm
Military Lodging in 300 Mile Radius of Beaufort, SC
Printable Military Lodging in 300 Mile Radius of Beaufort, SC
South Carolina Online Hurricane Guide
A great resource compiled by the SC Emergency Management Division.
The Guide contains:
- Hurricane preparation tips.
- Evacuation routes & maps.
- Emergency and weather radio stations.
- Coastal evacuation zone maps.
- Phone numbers and websites.
- Evacuation shelter sites.
USA Today Weather
National hurricane awareness week.
Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.
FEMA Ready Kids
Be prepared in every situation. Are you ready to help your family get prepared for the unexpected? Your family can create a plan that will help you be ready for many different kinds of unexpected situations!
|Disaster Supply Kit
Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days.
Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days.
• non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices.
• foods for infants or the elderly.
• snack foods.
• non-electric can opener.
• cooking tools / fuel.
• paper plates / plastic utensils.
Blankets / Pillows, etc.
Clothing - seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes.
First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
Special Items - for babies and the elderly.
Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes
Flashlight / Batteries
Radio - Battery operated and NOAA weather radio.
Cash (with some small bills) - Banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods.
Toys, Books and Games
Important documents - in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag.
• insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
Tools - keep a set with you during the storm.
Vehicle fuel tanks filled
Pet care items
• proper identification / immunization records / medications.
• ample supply of food and water.
• a carrier or cage.
• muzzle and leash.
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a 1-5 rating based on the hurricane's present intensity. This is used to give an estimate of the potential property damage and flooding expected along the coast from a hurricane landfall. Wind speed is the determining factor in the scale, as storm surge values are highly dependent on the slope of the continental shelf and the shape of the coastline, in the landfall region. Note that all winds are using the U.S. 1-minute average.
Category One Hurricane:
Winds 74-95 mph (64-82 kt or 119-153 km/hr). Storm surge generally 4-5 ft above normal. No real damage to building structures. Damage primarily to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery, and trees. Some damage to poorly constructed signs. Also, some coastal road flooding and minor pier damage. Hurricane Lili of 2002 made landfall on the Louisiana coast as a Category One hurricane. Hurricane Gaston of 2004 was a Category One hurricane that made landfall along the central South Carolina coast.
Category Two Hurricane:
Winds 96-110 mph (83-95 kt or 154-177 km/hr). Storm surge generally 6-8 feet above normal. Some roofing material, door, and window damage of buildings. Considerable damage to shrubbery and trees with some trees blown down. Considerable damage to mobile homes, poorly constructed signs, and piers. Coastal and low-lying escape routes flood 2-4 hours before arrival of the hurricane center. Small craft in unprotected anchorages break moorings. Hurricane Frances of 2004 made landfall over the southern end of Hutchinson Island, Florida as a Category Two hurricane. Hurricane Isabel of 2003 made landfall near Drum Inlet on the Outer Banks of North Carolina as a Category 2 hurricane.
Category Three Hurricane:
Winds 111-130 mph (96-113 kt or 178-209 km/hr). Storm surge generally 9-12 ft above normal. Some structural damage to small residences and utility buildings with a minor amount of curtainwall failures. Damage to shrubbery and trees with foliage blown off trees and large trees blown down. Mobile homes and poorly constructed signs are destroyed. Low-lying escape routes are cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the center of the hurricane. Flooding near the coast destroys smaller structures with larger structures damaged by battering from floating debris. Terrain continuously lower than 5 ft above mean sea level may be flooded inland 8 miles (13 km) or more. Evacuation of low-lying residences with several blocks of the shoreline may be required. Hurricanes Jeanne and Ivan of 2004 were Category Three hurricanes when they made landfall in Florida and in Alabama, respectively.
Category Four Hurricane:
Category Five Hurricane:
Winds 131-155 mph (114-135 kt or 210-249 km/hr). Storm surge generally 13-18 ft above normal. More extensive curtainwall failures with some complete roof structure failures on small residences. Shrubs, trees, and all signs are blown down. Complete destruction of mobile homes. Extensive damage to doors and windows. Low-lying escape routes may be cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the center of the hurricane. Major damage to lower floors of structures near the shore. Terrain lower than 10 ft above sea level may be flooded requiring massive evacuation of residential areas as far inland as 6 miles (10 km). Hurricane Charley of 2004 was a Category Four hurricane made landfall in Charlotte County, Florida with winds of 150 mph. Hurricane Dennis of 2005 struck the island of Cuba as a Category Four hurricane.
Winds greater than 155 mph (135 kt or 249 km/hr). Storm surge generally greater than 18 ft above normal. Complete roof failure on many residences and industrial buildings. Some complete building failures with small utility buildings blown over or away. All shrubs, trees, and signs blown down. Complete destruction of mobile homes. Severe and extensive window and door damage. Low-lying escape routes are cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the center of the hurricane. Major damage to lower floors of all structures located less than 15 ft above sea level and within 500 yards of the shoreline. Massive evacuation of residential areas on low ground within 5-10 miles (8-16 km) of the shoreline may be required. Only 3 Category Five Hurricanes have made landfall in the United States since records began: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, Hurricane Camille (1969), and Hurricane Andrew in August, 1992. The 1935 Labor Day Hurricane struck the Florida Keys with a minimum pressure of 892 mb--the lowest pressure ever observed in the United States. Hurricane Camille struck the Mississippi Gulf Coast causing a 25-foot storm surge, which inundated Pass Christian. Hurricane Andrew of 1992 made landfall over southern Miami-Dade County, Florida causing 26.5 billion dollars in losses--the costliest hurricane on record. In addition, Hurricane Gilbert of 1988 was a Category Five hurricane at peak intensity and is the strongest Atlantic tropical cyclone on record with a minimum pressure of 888 mb.