Ready Beaufort County: Preparation

Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere, and when disaster strikes, you may not have much time to respond. Depending on the disaster - a hurricane, winter storm, or hazardous material spill - you could be confined to your home without water and electricity for days, or you may be asked to evacuate the area.

Before, during, and after a disaster, local officials and relief volunteers will be working hard to keep people safe. However, they may not be able to reach everyone quickly, so it is important to plan ahead before disaster strikes. The following are some steps you can take to make sure you are prepared for an emergency.

Create an Emergency Plan

Create an emergency plan, including plans for evacuation or sheltering in place.

Build an Emergency Supply Kit

Build an emergency supply kit with enough supplies for three to seven days for each household member, including pets.

  • Consider each family member's specific needs, including medication and dietary restrictions, for children, seniors, and those who may need extra help in the event of an emergency.
  • If you have pets or a service animal, include them in your preparedness planning
  • Keep important documents in a safe place or create password-protected digital copies.

Stay Informed

Stay informed before, during and after an emergency event.

Evacuating & Staying Put