Those of us that operate Beachcomber Vacations live here all year round. We’re not new to the area or to hurricanes and other storms. We are experienced with, and respectful of, hurricanes and know the proper steps to take. You’ll find most local people will generously share that information with you. It’s important to be able to trust your source when it comes to important subjects like hurricanes. Following is information we deem worthy. Please do not rely solely on social media. You will know days or weeks in advance when a hurricane is coming so you’ll have plenty of time to get out of the way. Don’t panic. A hurricane travels very slowly and can take weeks to get to where you’re standing. Expect the airports to have limited flight availability if they’re open at all when an impending hurricane is due to reach land.
Before the storm is close be sure to stock up on bottled water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries and other essential items you may need for 1-2 weeks. If you’re vacationing during hurricane season whether it is with the airline, car rental agency or vacation accommodation agency travel insurance is a good idea. While not as hazardous, tropical storms can develop into hurricanes rather quickly, limiting the time available for a safe evacuation. Vacationers should stay in close contact with their tour operator, hotel staff, and local weather stations for updates and evacuation instructions in the event of a weather emergency. You will be notified ahead of time of the emergency shelters where you can go for shelter if an evacuation order is executed. ]]>
When it comes to Hurricanes you really can’t know too much. With social media being front and center these days it’s easy to get wrong information. Hurricane season lasts from May 1st through November 30. At the time of this writing Hurricane Irma is approaching Florida and is threatening to come up the coast, passing along coastal SC.
You need to trust your source when it comes to important subjects like approaching hurricanes. Following are some links to reliable sites that are full of information you should know about Hurricanes in SC.
SC Hurricane Guide:
http://www.scemd.org/component/content/article/26-guides-and-brochures/142-south-carolina-hurricane-guide Horry County Emergency Management:
http://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/EmergencyManagement.aspx Travel information from SCDOT:
http://www.511sc.org/ Emergency Shelters:
http://scemd.org/shelters-rss Know Your Zone for Evacuation:
http://www.scemd.org/knowyourzone How to Protect Your Home
http://doi.sc.gov/documentcenter/view/7466 Citizens with Functional Needs:
http://www.scemd.org/planandprepare/preparedness/functional-needs Emergency Planning for Pets:
http://www.scemd.org/planandprepare/preparedness/preparefor Red Cross:
Where to Report Yourself as Safe and Well:
Any questions about your vacation stay with Beachcomber Vacations can be addressed by calling us at 1-800-334-3798. Please stay safe and watch out for your neighbors during this difficult time.