1 Million People Expected to Leave the Coast But Florence Is Tracking to the Upstate
FLORENCE SHIFTS SOUTH, A ROUNDUP: The Government expects that 1 Million South Carolinians will leave the coast, starting Tuesday.
Evacuees were complying with Gov. Henry McMaster's call for a mandatory evacuation, made today (Sept. 10), in advance of Hurricane Florence. All coastal zones will evacuate beginning tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 11) at noon. Major highways and roadways will be reversed to facilitate the evacuation. One of SC's most destructive hurricanes - Hugo in 1989 - also struck in September.
These counties are ordered for evacuation: Jasper, Beaufort, Colleton, Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley, Georgetown and Horry. The Laurens County Council was told Sept. 11 that 9 members of the Swift-Water Rescue Team, County Fire Service, and 2 boats will leave the morning of Sept. 12 for staging at the SC Fire Academy in Columbia. From there, they will receive orders to go to a hurricane-effected area - NC, SC or Georgia.
The state's emergency Public Information Phone System is 1-866-246-0133.
Fatz Southern Kitchen Supports Hurricane Florence Relief
GREENVILLE - Sept. 12, 2018 – In preparation for Hurricane Florence, Fatz Southern Kitchen is offering services and discounts to help travelers and surrounding communities brace for a week of potentially dangerous weather in the Carolinas.
Fatz will extend operating hours and offer meal delivery service to hotels, shelters and residences. Fatz locations will also offer complimentary Wifi, and many have extra parking for RVs and trailers. There are over 20 Fatz restaurants located on evacuation routes, interstate and highways in the Carolinas that will be stocked and open for business.
To help offset costs to our guests during this window of extreme weather, Fatz will extend two coupons valid through 9/23/18:
- Buy One Calabash Entrée, Get One Calabash Entrée FREE – valid anytime with purchase of two beverages.
- Buy One Burger, Get One Burger FREE – valid at lunch with purchase of two beverages.
- A few exclusions apply and a coupon is required to redeem the offer. Full details and printable coupons can be found on www.fatz.com/coupons.
“Whether you are evacuating your home, a first responder, housing displaced friends and family, or just need a warm meal, Fatz will be here,” said CEO Jim Mazany. “We want to do everything in our power to help the members of our communities stay warm, safe, hydrated and nourished during and after the storm.” Fatz in Clinton is on Hwy 72, at I-26, beside the Hampton Inn & Suites.
Hurricane Florence Aims at SC – Red Cross Readies for Storm; Releases Preparedness Tips
North Charleston – The Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross continues to work around-the-clock to prepare for Hurricane Florence.
The organization has been in close contact with its community and government partners, while mobilizing personnel and material resources from across the country. The Red Cross urges everyone to prepare now by following the tips below:
· Continue listening to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.
· Build an emergency kit that contains food, water and other basic supplies for each family member to last at least three days. Also, don’t forget to include essential medications, copies of important documents and special items for your children and pets.
· Follow evacuation orders (know your zone) and do not attempt to return until officials say it is safe to do so.
· If evacuation shelters open, you can find them by visiting redcross.org or by downloading the free Red Cross Emergency App. The Emergency App also puts real time information about the storm and hurricane safety tips at your fingertips. The app is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps
· Don’t forget your pets. Bring them indoors and maintain direct control of them. Prepare an emergency kit for your pets, including sturdy leashes or pet carriers, food and water, bowls, cat litter and pan and photos of you with your pet in case they get lost. Additional pet safety tips are available.
· Find more information on preparedness on redcross.org
SAFE AND WELL:
· The American Red Cross Safe and Well website is a free public reunification tool that allows individuals and organizations to register and post messages to indicate that they are safe, or to search for loved ones. The site is always available and open to the public and available in Spanish.
· Registrations and searches can be done directly on the website. Registrations can also be completed by texting SAFE to 78876. Messages exist in both Spanish and English. To speak with someone at the American Red Cross concerning a missing friend or relative, please contact 1-800 Red Cross.
Turn around, don’t drown. Stay off the roads. If you must drive and encounter a flooded roadway while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
Head for higher ground and stay there.
Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way.
Keep children out of the water.
Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to see flood danger.
Continue listening to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.
If your neighborhood is prone to flooding, be prepared to evacuate quickly if necessary.
Follow evacuation orders and do not attempt to return until officials say it is safe to do so.
State of Emergency: SC Residents Urged to Prepare for Hurricane Florence
COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) is urging consumers to heed disaster preparedness warnings as Hurricane Florence approaches.
While gathering food, water, and finding shelter are paramount, after meeting those needs, consumers are encouraged to consider the following to ease disaster recovery if Florence does hit South Carolina:
- Organize your documents. Collect your most recent financial and identification documents and keep them in safe, dry place. Be prepared to take them with you if you have to evacuate.
- Review your insurance policies. Become familiar with the types and levels of coverage you have. Consider taking an inventory of valuables in case you have to file a claim. Research whether your policies cover temporary shelter, replacement clothing or other items in the event of a disaster.
- Read SCEMD’s Hurricane Guide. The guide provides detailed information on evacuation zones and routes, official communication channels that provide emergency alerts and much more.
- Report price gouging. Report instances of price gouging to the police and the Office of the Attorney General by emailing reports to firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling (803) 737-3953. For more information, see the Attorney General’s press release on price gouging.
- Read SCDCA’s Recovering from a Disaster. After the storm passes, this guide can help you decide where to begin in the recovery process. Whether you have outstanding bills, need home improvement services or a temporary place to live, the guide addresses specific steps to take.
The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs aims to protect consumers from inequities in the marketplace through advocacy, complaint mediation, enforcement and education. To file a complaint or get information on consumer issues, visit www.consumer.sc.gov or call toll-free, (800) 922-1594.
President Trump Signs Emergency Declaration
WASHINGTON - The US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced on Sept. 11 that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of South Carolina.
This will supplement state, tribal, local response efforts due to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Hurricane Florence, beginning Sept. 8, 2018 and continuing.
The President’s action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures. Elizabeth Turner has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations in the affected area.
American Red Cross Welcomes Volunteers to Join Team
North Charleston –The Palmetto SC Region of the American Red continues to work closely with its partners in preparation for Hurricane Florence. As shelters begin to open and Florence inches closer, the Red Cross welcomes members of the community to join its team.
"For days now, our dedicated volunteers have been working non-stop to prepare for Hurricane Florence," said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer. "If South Carolina residents are looking for volunteer opportunities, the Red Cross would love them to join our team.”
Perspective volunteers can visit redcross.org/sc to start their application. After that, a member of the Red Cross team will reach out. A background check will be performed on every volunteer applicant. For additional information, please contact your local Red Cross office.
ADDITIONAL WAYS TO HELP:
DONATE: We know Americans are generous and want to do everything they can to help after a disaster. Unfortunately, collecting and sending food, clothing and other household items often does more harm than good. It takes time and money to store, sort, clean and distribute donated items, which diverts limited time and resources away from helping those most affected. Instead, the best way to support disaster victims is with a financial donation.
The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by disasters large and small by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting “FLORENCE” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
GIVE BLOOD: Visit redcrossblood.org to find a blood drive or collection location near you. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. The Red Cross relies on blood donations after disasters and year-round so that we have sufficient supplies whenever it’s needed.
South Carolina Civil Air Patrol Pilots Flying Evacuation Routes
WEST COLUMBIA — As Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast, the South Carolina Wing of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is assisting with evacuation efforts.
The first CAP aircrew began flying at about 8 a.m. over Interstate 26 in South Carolina to observe traffic flow along the evacuation route. The team is looking for any issues that could impede traffic flow — including stalled vehicles and accidents — and reporting that information back to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division.
Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP’s 60,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. In addition, CAP plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to over 25,000 young people participating in CAP’s Cadet Programs. Visit www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com or www.CAP.news for more information.
U-Haul Offers 30 Days Free Self-Storage at 94 Locations in Advance of Hurricane Florence
CHARLOTTE, N.C., CHARLESTON, S.C., and RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 11, 2018) — Ten U-Haul Companies across the Carolinas and Virginia are offering 30 days of free self-storage and U-Box container usage at 94 facilities to residents who stand to be impacted by the heavy rains and extreme winds associated with Hurricane Florence.
The Category 4 storm is expected to make landfall Thursday. The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia have declared states of emergency and thousands of residents are preparing for the approaching storm.
“People are preparing to leave their homes, creating an immediate need for secure locations where evacuees can bring the possessions they wish to protect,” said Doug Weston, U-Haul Company of Western North Carolina president. “As a member of these communities, we are in a position to help by providing this service to our friends who are in harm’s way.”
U-Haul Companies of Central North Carolina, Charlotte, Coastal South Carolina, Northern Virginia, Richmond, South Carolina, Southern Atlantic Coast, Southern Virginia, Tidewater and Western North Carolina have made 94 facilities across four states – including Georgia – available for assistance.
Families needing more information about the 30 days free self-storage assistance should contact the nearest participating U-Haul store.
As you prepare for Hurricane Florence, please be advised of these crucial tips as it pertains to car insurance to ensure all drivers are protected. Time is of the essence:
Before a big storm, insurance companies put restrictions in place called “binding restrictions,” which prevent their agents from selling new insurance for vehicle damage (also called “full coverage”) in certain zip codes, or even whole states, if the probability of a damaging storm is high.
Be aware that just because you carry comprehensive and collision doesn’t mean your insurer will always provide coverage for weather-related damage to your vehicle. Always check with your provider, and purchase extra floor or weather protection if necessary.
Big storms have lasting impacts on insurance premiums. “Major weather events such as hurricanes affect car insurance rates in not just the area the hurricane hits, but across the entire state. According to The Zebra's 2018 State of Auto Insurance Report, South Carolina auto insurance rates have had volatile year-to-year changes since 2011, including both large rate increases and decreases. Losses from Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Tropical Storm Irma in 2017 very possibly could have contributed to spikes in rates in the recovery periods,” says Alyssa Connolly, Director of Market Insights at The Zebra, the nation's leading independent car insurance search engine.
"Insurance companies determine customer rates based the individual’s risk (driving history, age, etc.) – but also on the total risk the company is assuming across a certain geographic area.”
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Farm Bureau Insurance Adjusters Ready for Storm Response
Cayce, S.C. – As the state braces for the arrival of Hurricane Florence, South Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Palmetto Casualty Insurance Company, are prepared to handle the claims that may result.
“Our adjusters have the tools, equipment and experience to assess the damage and issue a check to help policyholders with recovery efforts,” Mike Hooks, vice president of operations, said. “We will continue to monitor the storm, evaluate the damage Florence leaves in its wake, and we will quickly deliver on our promise to policyholders.”
Since South Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company and Palmetto Casualty Insurance Company are based in South Carolina, the companies have a statewide network of experienced and well trained adjusters and appraisers in place who are ready to respond. All claims adjusting staff are equipped with GPS systems and their vehicles are set up as mobile offices.
After the storm passes and once law enforcement allows adjusters into affected areas, Farm Bureau Insurance will determine the best location to set up a Disaster Center, if needed. This will provide our adjusters with a central location from which to work and it will also allow policyholders to meet with Farm Bureau Insurance representatives to report a claim. Additional clams reporting information will be provided once the storm passes.
Policyholders can report claims any time by calling 1-800-799-7500 or by visiting the online Storm Center at www.SCFBIns.com.
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