Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island Community

Hurricane Planning


Advanced technology and satellite imagery have greatly enhanced meteorologists’ ability to detect hurricanes and the probable paths they will take.


Early detection ensures the safety of thousands of residents along the Atlantic Coast, allowing them ample time to prepare for an advancing storm.


When a hurricane watch is issued for the Lowcountry, a threat of a hurricane making landfall is possible. Hurricane conditions include winds in excess of 74 mph and dangerously high tides and waves.


The following actions should immediately be taken under a hurricane watch or warning to protect your life and property:


Regularly monitor weather reports on the radio or television. Pay attention to official announcements—not to rumors.


Find out what you need to do for proof of claim or loss and how to process a claim following the storm.


Store enough food and water in a safe place to last each person three to five days. Store food that doesn’t require refrigeration and turn down the refrigerator to its lowest setting so food will keep longer if power is lost. Keep extra water in a clean bathtub or other containers. Use a barbecue grill or camping stove to cook, and store paper cups, plates and plastic silverware.


Keep two to three changes of clothes per person.


Gather tools and materials to help protect your home such as shutters or boards, nails, tape, hammers, shovel, etc.


Secure the outside of your home by putting away toys, lawn furniture, etc., and anchoring all objects that are too big to be brought inside. Protect glass by boarding, securing shutters or taping windows and brace garage doors.


Do not drain swimming pools.


Fill your automobile’s gas tank in case evacuation becomes necessary.


Fill needed prescriptions and ensure a fully stocked first aid kit is available.


Make arrangements for pets in case of evacuation. Pets are not allowed in any public shelters.


Secure your boat in a safe harbor. Boats on trailers should be moved into a garage or properly secured outside.


Check your supplies making sure you have a working flashlight and radio with an adequate stock of batteries.


Move all valuables upstairs if flooding may occur and store valuable documents in waterproof containers.


If evacuation becomes necessary, leave as soon as possible. Know where you are going using only recommended travel routes and do not take shortcuts, coastal roads or drive through flood waters.


Use the telephone only for emergencies.


Remain calm. If evacuation becomes necessary, ensure the following actions are taken prior to leaving home:


Turn off all utilities including gas, electricity and water. Lock all windows and doors.


Post a message regarding where you’re going and who is with you.


Take important supplies such as a first aid kit, cash, food and water, medicines, important documents, sleeping bags or blankets, baby food and supplies, a flashlight and radio.


If you remain at home during the storm, follow these safety precautions:


Remain indoors and clear of windows, preferably in a central room.


Turn off the electricity as soon as flooding begins and use flashlights instead of candles or lanterns.


Open the refrigerator as little as possible so that food will keep longer.


Stay calm, follow the instructions of local authorities and do not go outside until the “all clear” signal is given.


After the storm has passed, remember to continue using caution and follow these guidelines:


Listen to instructions from local authorities.


If you have been evacuated, wait until the authorities tell you it’s safe to return.


Check your food and water supply for spoilage and do not drink tap water until it is deemed safe.


Inspect for gas leaks using a flashlight and sense of smell only. If you detect a leak, use a neighbor’s phone to call the gas company.


Check for electrical damage making sure all outlets and appliances are dry before use.


Look for structural damage to your home and watch for falling debris.


If you must drive, avoid downed wires, flooded roads and disaster areas.


By using common sense and prior planning, taking care of your family and property will be much easier during what can be a stressful time.


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