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June 1 is the start of hurricane season, and the Chapin Police Department is promoting hurricane preparedness. Citizens should make preparations now to ensure their safety in the event a significant storm hits South Carolina this hurricane season.
Each year, we witness the devastating impacts that hurricanes can cause. Hurricanes are not just a threat to coastal communities. High winds, heavy rainfall, tornadoes,and flooding can be felt hundreds of miles inland, potentially causing loss of life and catastrophic damage to property. It's not just major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher) that are cause for concern -- all hurricane have the ability to cause significant damage.
"In light of last year's devastating floods, the most important advice I would give residents is to stay off the roads if at all possible," explained Chief Seth Zeigler. "If you see water on the road ahead of you, please turn around and go a different route. Going through flooded areas just increases your chances of getting in trouble."
Zeigler suggests residents make preparations now to know the risks at hand, get prepared, and stay informed of a storm's progress in order to make decisions about potential evacuations.
• Know Your Risk: To search for general information about risks in our area, visit Lexington County's Emergency Management website or www.ready.gov/hurricanes for tips and resources. Checkout NOAA's historical hurricane tracks tool to check the severity and frequency of past hurricanes in our area.• Get Prepared: Take action now to be prepared for hurricane season. As the storm approaches, it is often too late to get ready. Make sure you have family evacuation and communication plans, update your emergency supply kit,and evaluate your flood insurance needs.• Stay Informed: Know where to go for trusted sources of information during a hurricane event. Sign up for alerts from the Town of Chapin, or Lexington County's emergency management office so notifications, including evacuation orders, go directly to your phone and email. Monitor local news for hurricane watches and warnings in our area and follow directions of local officials. Make sure you have a battery-operated or hand-crank radio available should the power go out.