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September is National Preparedness Month- Are You Prepared?

Seven Emergency Preparedness Tips You May Not Know:

It’s National Preparedness Month, which means it’s time to make sure you’re ready for whatever life throws your way. Emergency preparedness isn’t about doomsday prepping, though, it’s about being ready for the realistic events that can disrupt life at any time. Here are some lesser-known things you should do as you establish you and your family’s emergency plan.

  1. Set Yourself Up to Receive Warning Messages In Your Area
  2. Establish Multiple Family Meeting Spots
  3. Have a Family Communication Plan In Place
  4. Make Sure Everyone In Your Family Carries an “ICE” Card
  5. Make a Go-Bag for Everyone In Your Household
  6. Keep Important Documents Ready to Grab and Go
  7. Plan an Emergency Outfit
  8. For more info on these tips visit and more useful emergency preparedness tips and information, be sure to check out (it’s available in 13 different languages). They cover disaster preparedness for everything from hurricanes to cyber attacks. You can also download the FEMA app on iOS, Android, and Blackberry so you’re always up-to-date and prepared as long as you have your phone.

Beaufort County Emergency Management App

Be Prepared Beaufort County!

Be prepared for disaster. The Beaufort County South Carolina Emergency Management app will help you prepare and plan for how to respond to a disaster in your area.

Using the Beaufort County SC Emergency Management app, you will be able to:

  • Share your status with your selected contacts with the push of a button.
  • Receive critical emergency alerts via push notification.
  • Locate Beaufort County’s emergency shelters.
  • View up-to-date evacuation route maps.
  • Get the latest news and weather for the Beaufort County area.
  • Create a personalized Emergency Preparedness Plan by answering five basic questions.
Once Your Plan is generated, it is stored on your smartphone and can easily be shared with family members and friends. Your Plan comprises:
  • An Emergency Supply Kit Checklist tailored to your needs.
  • A Customized Emergency Food Supply Shopping List.
  • An Emergency Communications Plan to notify your loved ones of your status
  • Critical information to prepare your home for impending disaster.
Learn about the various emergency situations that Beaufort County residents are most likely to face in five integrated eGuides:
  • Hurricanes
  • Family Preparedness
  • Emergency Preparedness for Pet Owners
  • Earthquakes
  • Crime Prevention
You can get this app in the app store and on Google Play. Go to your mobile app store and search for: BEAUFORT COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.

Lowcountry Insurance Employment Opportunity

Lowcountry Insurance Services is looking to hire a qualified Personal Lines Insurance Agent!

The CSR position entails writing, servicing, and rounding out of Personal Lines Insurance Accounts. The candidate must be energetic, have a self-starter attitude, and enjoy a team environment! Service Includes: quoting and writing of new business, handling of complex high value accounts, reviewing current coverage and re-marketing if needed, offering recommendations, endorsing coverage, and assisting with claims.


  • At least 1 Yr. of Personal Lines experience
  • Professional Designations and License are a plus
  • Knowledge and ability to use various rating programs,and office equipment-including computers.
  • Ability to take direction and work independently, as well as, part of a team.
    Job Type: Full-time
    Experience: 1 Year

Please send all inquiries/resumes to:

    Attn: Jane Greene
    P.O. Box 789
    Beaufort, SC 29901

or email your resume to

Disaster Preparedness Checklist

Tips for Keeping You and Your Family Safe-This Hurricane Season & Beyond.

The official start of hurricane season is here. Experts are calling for an above-normal hurricane season this year with 14 named storms forecast for the Atlantic basin. Of those, eight are predicted to become hurricanes and four are predicted to become major hurricanes. Due to a combination of factors, this season is expected to be more active than any season in the past three years. With forecasts are calling for an average to slightly-above-average storm season this year, now is the time for Lowcountry residents to prepare. Whether it is preparing for a natural disaster like a hurricane or avoiding common causes of everyday disasters like water damage, fires and carbon monoxide poisoning, there are resources for home and business owners that can help protect lives and property.

“Planning ahead is crucial to your safety, and there is little time to get your home ready and make other plans when a storm is imminent."

- Russ Dubisky, executive director of the South Carolina Insurance Association.

Here is some helpful information to make sure you’re prepared this hurricane season:

Three Steps for Disaster Preparedness:

1. Create a Survival Kit: In creating a survival kit, think about what you would need if you were stranded away from home for three to seven days. Prepare your kit well in advance so that if you have to evacuate quickly, you are able to take your essentials with you. Canned food and other nonperishable food, along with a non-electric can opener Enough water for a gallon of water per person, per day

  • Designate a place for all family members to meet.
  • Toiletries and personal items
  • Flashlights and plenty of batteries
  • A portable radio and/or television
  • Prescription medications
  • Extra clothing and blankets
  • A first-aid kit
  • Emergency cash and credit cards
  • A copy of your homeowners insurance policy
  • A copy of an inventory of your home’s contents
  • Other personal documents

2. Have a Plan. Well before a disaster strikes, you should be thinking about your evacuation plan. An evacuation plan that is spelled out and distributed to everyone in the family well in advance is a good strategy for success in case of disaster.

  • Designate a place for all family members to meet. Make sure the meeting place is outside the impacted area.
  • Map out an evacuation route. While there may be one well-traveled route to your meeting place, make sure you have alternate routes mapped out in case your main route is blocked.
  • Keep your fuel tank filled in your car. Determine how much fuel you will need to reach your meeting place. Identify a contact person outside the affected area.
  • Give their contact information to everyone in the family so they can serve as a point of contact should you get separated.

3. Build an Inventory. In the event of severe damage to your home or business, having a current inventory of your possessions – including make and model numbers – can help you get your insurance claim settled faster, verify losses for your income tax return and help you purchase the correct amount of insurance.

  • Take pictures. Take pictures of rooms and important individual items. Label pictures with a description, including where you bought it and the make, model and serial number.
  • Create an electronic file. Use your computer to make your inventory list. Personal finance software packages often include a homeowner’s room-by-room inventory program.
  • Store the list, photos and tapes. Regardless of how you create it (written list, flash drive, photos, video or audio), keep your inventory, along with receipts, in your safe deposit box or at a friend’s or colleague’s home.
  • Consider expensive items. Valuable items like jewelry, art and collectibles may have increased in value since you received them. Check with your agent to make sure that you have adequate insurance for these items. They may need to be insured separately.

Download the Disaster Preparedness Checklist from Travelers Insurance to organize your family’s plan for action today.