Be ready to run from Hurricane Florence with these ‘go bag’ tips


    HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The Horry County Sheriff’s Department is asking residents who did not evacuate to be prepared for Hurricane Florence by having a ‘go bag.’

    Horry County Emergency Management shared a photo of what a grab and go bag should consist of so you can be ready to run at a moment’s notice.

    Follow @HorryEMD and @SCEMD for information on #HurricaneFlorence. Also @NHC_Atlantic and

    — Horry County Sheriff (@horrysheriff) September 10, 2018

    The items are listed below:

    Basic Electronics – Pack an extra phone charger in case you’re fortunate enough to have electricity, and a portable battery pack in case you’re not. Also, stash a long-lasting LED flashlight. Pack a small hand-cranked or battery-operated AM/FM radio (with extra batteries

    Personal Needs – While getting ready for a typical day, list every toiletry you use, then buy a travel-size version of each. Pack backup eyeglasses, as well as a first-aid kit, baby wipes and a multipurpose tool with a knife and can opener.

    Clothing – Pack a few days’ worths. Include layers you can ass or remove, plus lightweight rain gear and waterproof boots.

    Medicine – Pack about three days’ worth of each of your prescriptions. If you need larger items, such as an oxygen tank, make sure you have a portable version.

    Cash – In addition to enough money for a few days, include small bills and a roll of quarters. If you need to buy something out of a vending machine, you’ll have coins.

    Food and Drink – Bottled water is essential. Granola or energy bars are great because they are small and filling, and they come in a variety of flavors. Also, it is important to pack food and water for your pets.

    Paperwork – Fill a zip-top waterproof bag with photocopies of your birth certificate, driver’s license, Social Security and Medicare cards, power of attorney and will, any marriage, adoption or notarization certificates; proof of address, insurance, medical and immunization records; and information about your credit and ATM cards.

    The Perfect Bag – Think small and portable. A backpack is ideal, but a lightweight suitcase with wheels will also do. Just remember you may literally be running with it.

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