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Hurricane Season Will be Here Soon. Here's How to Gear up Now

Officials urge to assemble your hurricane kit now, which should include enough supplies to last at least 72 hours.

by Michaela Broyles, The Sun News (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) / May 10, 2018

(TNS) - The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be here in a few weeks, and Horry County Emergency Management officials are already recommending to gear up for it.

Hurricane season officially begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30, with the peak between mid-August and late October.

Horry County EMD has been tweeting tips during hurricane preparedness week, which runs from May 6 to May 12.

What should be in your hurricane kit? https://t.co/pdrYt6xc5p #HurricanePrep #HurricaneStrong pic.twitter.com/p7AkIp9AO3

— Horry County EMD (@HorryEMD) May 8, 2018

Officials urge to assemble your hurricane kit now, which should include enough supplies to last at least 72 hours.

Items recommended for a basic emergency supply kit:

Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days

Food - non-perishable

A battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert

Flashlight

First aid kit

Extra batteries

Whistle to signal for help

A dust mask to help help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

Manual can opener for food

Local maps

Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Prescriptions and medications

Cash

Extra gasoline

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