COLUMBIA, S.C. -- People around the Midlands are getting ready for potential storm damage from Hurricane Michael. Some say they still have preparations from Hurricane Florence they didn't use.
Being prepared ahead of the storm is the key to handling a disaster in the best way possible, because recovery can be costly.
"The longer the storm hangs around, the more damage there is, the more money it costs to clean up," said C.E.O. Sara Fawcett of The United Way of the Midlands.
New reports show South Carolina is among the top ten states with the highest hurricane costs. According to the National Centers for Environmental Information, last year was the most expensive year on record for natural disasters across the nation. Damage costs went up to more than $300 billion. That comes out to be $62 per person. That cost was mostly driven by hurricanes.
"The quicker we can get people back into their homes safely, that's where the cost comes in because you don't have people who have to spend money in hotels," said Fawcett.