Hurricane season is here and it would appear that Hurricane Mathew has the potential to be a serious storm. As a martial artist, we always look to be prepared so I would urge everyone to be cautious.
Listed below are some good tips on how to prepare and deal with a serious weather event like a hurricane.
Know your terms.
A “watch” is a notification for residents to be on alert of a potential storm, and a “warning” indicates that a hurricane is expected in your area.
Review the South Carolina Hurricane Guide for more information.
Make a plan.
Create a family plan in the event a storm occurs or an evacuation is necessary, and keep emergency contact information handy. Don’t forget to consider your pets when planning for a possible evacuation.
Review your insurance plans and make copies of important documents, like driver’s licenses, medical information, and insurance cards.
Pack emergency kits ahead of time. Having critical resources, such as bottled water, non-perishable snacks, medication, batteries, and flashlights prepared ahead of time will save valuable time in a storm.
During a Storm:
Listen to local radio and television broadcasts for current conditions and recommended actions.
Sign up for South Carolina’s Emergency Alert system on your mobile device here.
Evacuate when directed by local authorities. Know your designated evacuation route in advance.
If you are unable to evacuate, seek shelter in an interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level.
After a Storm:
Stay alert to downed power lines, contaminated water, or possible gas leaks.
Document any damage to your property or residence.
Contact SCEMD’s Recovery Program to see what recovery assistance may be available for your area.
Be vigilant against possible disaster-related scams or price gouging, and report any suspected scams to the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs.
Here are some helpful resources in the event of an emergency:
South Carolina Emergency Management Division
South Carolina Hurricane Guide
Ready.gov Hurricane Preparedness Information
South Carolina Sheltering Information for Disasters
South Carolina Evacuation Routes
Report a Power Outage
County Government Resources:
Aiken County Office of Emergency Management: 803-642-1623
Barnwell County Emergency Management Agency: 803-259-7013
Lexington County Emergency Preparedness Division: 803-785-2449
Orangeburg County Office of Emergency Services: 803-533-6265
Richland County Emergency Services: 803-576-3400
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Sensei Chris Feldt is the owner and chief instructor of Samurai Karate Studio, a leadership academy located in Northeast Columbia, South Carolina. His school teaches karate to children and adults ages 4 and up. SKS specializes in self-defense, anti-bullying, stranger danger and character and leadership development.
Mr. Feldt was an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina for college credit in karate and self-defense. Samurai Karate Studio has been recognized as a leader in martial arts instruction by being honored with the Best of Columbia Award for 5 consecutive years in a row.
Sensei Feldt has been a guest speaker in the Richland 2 School District covering school talks on stranger danger, anti-bullying strategies, kindness, and making good choices. He is available for both private and corporate self-defense seminars.
Samurai Karate Studio is also a proud member of MAAB, Martial Artists Against Bullying, a nationwide program made up of martial arts schools throughout the country that are committed to helping children who are victims of bullying. If you or someone you know is being bullied, we are here to help. But, you have to take the first step and either call us at 803-462-9425 or email us at: [email protected]
Bullying is one of the most serious issues we face today and with the right coaching, students can learn how to defeat the bully using non-violent strategies.