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2018 Hurricane Season Begins

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Before the 2018 hurricane season could officially begin on June 1, Tropical Storm Alberto made landfall in the Florida Panhandle on May 28 causing Florida, Mississippi and Alabama to declare states of emergency. Resulting heavy rainfall in the western Carolinas has resulted in flash flooding, landslides, power outages and loss of life. This year’s hurricane forecast predicts a 70% likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms, of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes.

Emergency planning and preparedness are critical to facing and surviving severe weather events safely and with as little disruption as possible. The Bar’s Practice Management Assistance Program shares these tips and checklists to get law firms ready before disaster strikes. Contact pmap@scbar.org with questions or additional information.

The YLD Disaster Relief Committee also trains to prepare disaster legal relief when our state experiences catastrophic disasters, such as the flooding of October 2015 and Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. Relief is provided in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the ABA via a disaster relief website, legal services hotline and provision of not-for-profit legal services by lawyers of all ages and practice areas.

For more information or to volunteer to provide disaster legal services, contact ksnipes@scbar.org.

In addition the SC Emergency Management Division’s 2018 Hurricane Guide is set to be distributed statewide this week in newspapers. You can also download a copy here.

Hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and ends on November 30.

Be prepared!

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