NEWS RELEASE – TOWN OF JAMES ISLAND HURRICANE FLORENCE
SEPTEMBER 9, 2018
The Town of James Island is closely monitoring Hurricane Florence and is currently operating at OPCON level 3.
The Town participated in an Emergency Management conference call today with Charleston County and State emergency officials. The Governor is scheduled to have a press conference later this afternoon to discuss any potential evacuations. Please remember there are no voluntary evacuations anymore. All evacuation orders are mandatory and can only be issued by the Governor.
James Island is in Evacuation ZONE A. [MAP] After an evacuation order is given, everyone on James Island must take SC 171 (Folly Road) to US 17 (Savannah Highway) . Evacuees will then travel south on US 17 to I-526 to the reversed lanes of I-26. One benefit to early evacuation (leaving before the evacuation order,) is that you may choose your own route.
The Town has currently depleted its supply of sand at Town Hall but expects to resume operations at Town Hall Monday morning as soon as sand is delivered. We will update later with more information.
The Charleston County Citizen Hotline is active today until 8 pm and will resume tomorrow at 8 am. That number is 843-746-3900.
Below are some other important numbers to have during an event:
Red Cross: 1-800-RED CROSS.
Report derelict boats/watercraft to Coast Guard: 843-740-7050
Downed Trees: Call 911
Downed Power lines and Power Outages: SCE&G - 1-888-333-4465
Gas Leaks: SCE&G - 1-800-815-0083
Non-emergency Public Safety concerns Consolidated Dispatch - 743-7200
Here are other important links with helpful information before, during and after an event:
South Carolina Emergency Management Division - http://www.scemd.org/
FEMA website for Citizen Preparedness http://www.ready.gov/
National Weather Service Charleston Office http://www.weather.gov/chs/
Pet Friendly Hotels http://www.pet-friendly-hotels.net/
The Town of James Island will continue to monitor the forecast of Hurricane Florence and will provide updates as they become available.