Unlike other kinds of extreme weather, hurricanes rarely take us by surprise. Thanks to modern tracking technology and simulations, meteorologists and professional storm trackers can map hurricane strength and possible routes with a fair amount of accuracy. Because of this, home and business owners can plan ahead and prepare for severe weather and evacuation.
As of the time of writing, coastal South Carolina is preparing for evacuation for incoming Hurricane Matthew, predicted to be a category 2-3 storm by the time it reaches the lowcountry. South Carolina state offices have issued mandatory evacuation for parts of the lowcountry with Horry and Georgetown counties preparing for a possible evacuation within the next 24 hours.
In preparation, the media has reminded folks to use the hurricane preparation and evacuation checklists provided by scemd.org and ready.gov, resource sites developed by the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, FEMA and the Dept. of Homeland Security. Cooper Mechanical Services encourages all to take issued precautions seriously. Your first priority is the physical safety of you and your family.
The ready.gov guides encourage you to first:
Once you've prepared for your physical safety, if time allows, there are steps you can take to better protect and safeguard your HVAC and electrical systems before you evacuate.
For your heating and air conditioning system, the following measures are recommended:
In addition to your HVAC system, you should also take measures to safeguard your property by turning off power and water supplies which could be the source of further home damage if left on. Before you evacuate you should do the following:
When you do evacuate your home, be sure to follow the Know Your Zone routes and exercise common-sense caution. Should your home experience flooding or major water damage, it is important that you not enter or turn on power without a professional. When the storm passes and evacuations are lifted, Cooper Mechanical Services is here with certified HVAC and electrical professionals to help inspect, repair and maintain your home systems.