Hurricane Preparedness Tips


As we enter hurricane season and with Florence on our minds, it’s important to review information to keep safe. Here are some terms, tips and helpful sites to help you stay safe and take proactive steps.

Helpful Tips:

  • Fill your car’s gas tank.
  • Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances during storms.
  • Bring in any items that can be damaged by wind.
  • Bring companion animals indoors and have a plan for livestock.
  • Have bottled water or tap water in hand.

Financial Tips:

  • Have cash on hand and know where your closest branches and ATMs are located.
  • Enroll in or use your free Family Trust digital banking to manage your account virtually anywhere, anytime.
  • Prepare your Debit Card for travel by completing a Travel Alert message in digital banking.
  • Make sure your contact information is up to date in your digital banking profile, including your mobile number and email address under “Settings” and then click on “Contact”.
  • Keep your checkbook, debit and credit cards with you.
  • Bring your insurance cards or policies (medical, auto, homeowners and renters) if you need to leave your home.

Know The Terms:

  • Hurricane Watch: An announcement that hurricane conditions are possible within the specified area. Prepare your home and listen to instructions from local officials and emergency radio stations.
  • Hurricane Warning: An Announcement that hurricane conditions are expected within the specified area. Finish storm preparations and immediately leave the threatened area if your local officials direct you to do so.
  • Extreme Wind Warning: Extreme sustained winds of a major hurricane (115 or greater) will begin within an hour. Take immediate shelter in the interior part of a well-built structure. The following radio and television stations are a part of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). They will broadcast emergency information throughout the state as it becomes available. The EAS will also announce any school closings. It is a good idea to have a battery-operated radio with extra batteries or a hand-crank radio in case of power loss.

Emergency Alerts:

  • York County Radio: WRHI 1340 AM, WRHM 107.1 FM, WNSC 88.9 FM
  • SC Public Radio: WNSC 88.9 FM
  • NOAA Weather Radio for York County: 162.550 or 162.425 frequency

As we continue to monitor Hurricane Florence, we will share any updates as-needed for members and employees on our website and social media platforms.

We will continue to monitor Florence’s path and announce on social media and our website if we expect any closures. For more information on hurricane and severe weather preparedness, visit South Carolina’s emergency website or View 2018 SC Hurricane Guide