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Hurricane Preparedness

Weather Event Preparedness For Your Home & Business

As a business owner or local resident, it’s good to always be prepared for any weather events that may come your way. Should you have to prepare your business and step away for a few days, ask yourself one question: “Are you ready?”

It’s questions like these we face when preparing for everything from a heavy summer thunderstorm to more powerful weather events. Do you know what you need for your emergency storm kit? What protects your home and what doesn’t? What happens locally in the event of inclement weather?

We have compiled some resources below for your use should you want to perform a “quick check” to review your level of preparedness when it comes to your business and family. Be sure to always stay tuned to official sources for updates; social media is great for quick communication, but following official sources will ensure you always have the most up-to-date and accurate information to make the right preparedness calls.


Insurance and Hurricanes…What You Need to Know

Wind and Hail, waiting periods, contacting your agent during a disaster and more. Click here for top tips on Insurance and how to protect your home and family should a hurricane head our way.

Hurricane Facts

Do you know the difference between a storm surge and a storm tide and which one means trouble for our area? Should you evacuate on a hurricane watch or warning. Click here for a refresher course in the basics on hurricane intensity and hazards.

Do I evacuate and if so, how?

Low-lying areas like Beaufort County often require specific evacuation plans and timing. Know where to go and when to go.

Click here for evacuation maps for Beaufort County.

Click here for local shelter information.

Click here for current road conditions.

  • Resources from Your U.S. Chamber of Commerce

  • Disaster Help Desk for Business—Businesses and chambers can call 1-888-My-Biz-Help for direct support from disaster recovery experts.
    Resilience in a Box—Resource guide based on best practices designed to help educate business leaders on disaster preparedness and business resilience.
    Disaster Recovery Quick Guides—made possible by Shell, has tailored tips for small businesses and chambers looking to prepare and recover.

Go local for your hurricane updates

We encourage those wanting information on weather events affecting our area of the coast to utilize local weather resources from our local news outlets in addition to popular national outlets like the Weather Channel.

These local meteorology sources often bring a much more up-to-the-moment portrayal of what’s happening in our area.

Important Information Resources:

Media Resources:

The Island Packet 
The Bluffton Today

  • Emergency Broadcast Station: 97.3 KISS FM
  • Clear Channel: The River 98.7 FM
  • Cumulus Radio: WBMQ AM 630 and WEAS 93.1FM
  • Adventure Radio: WLOW 107.9 FM
  • Spanish Radio: Radio Del Sol WNFO 1430 AM

Recovery Information

  • American Red Cross Palmetto Service Center: (843) 757-7437
  • FEMA:
  • NOAA:
  • Small Business Administration:
  • Small Business Assistance Corporation:
  • SC Insurance News Service: (803) 252-3455
  • Chamber of Commerce: (843) 785-3673 • (800) 523-3373 •

Government Resources

After a Weather Event:

When is re-entry safe? Where do I begin the clean up process? What can I expect from my insurance company. After a storm hits or even a near-miss, repairing the damage can be a confusing and time consuming process. Be prepared before danger strikes to ensure all goes well after the storm.

What’s in a Name?

How do hurricanes get their names and who decides? Click here for fast facts on how hurricanes get their names.