NEWS RELEASE #5 TOJI at OPCON 1 Hurricane Matthew
The Town of James Island has moved to OPCON 1 following the Governor’s announcement to evacuate Charleston and Beaufort Counties by no later than 3 pm today. Hurricane Matthew is expected to be a category 2 or 3 hurricane when it reaches James Island later this week.
The evacuation route for James Island is:
Take SC 171 (Folly Road) to US 17.
Take US 17 South to I-526 east to the reversed lanes of I-26
Charleston County announces the following shelters have opened:
- North Charleston High School, 1087 E Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405
- Stall High School, 3625 Ashley Phosphate Rd, North Charleston, SC 29418
- A.C. Corcoran Elementary, 8585 Vistavia Rd, North Charleston, SC 29406
- Midland Park Primary, 2415 Midland Park Road, North Charleston, SC 29406
- Ladson Elementary, 3321 Ladson Rd, Ladson, SC 29456
- Edmund A. Burns Elementary, 3750 Dorchester Road, North Charleston, SC 29405 (Pet / Pet Owner Shelter)
Emergency Transportation to Shelters
The Emergency Transportation Plan has been activated. Buses will go to the Emergency Pickup Points and take those who need transportation and shelter to Emergency Shelters here in the Lowcountry
Emergency Transportation Pickup Points on James Island
Fast Point Food Store - 1029 Harbor View Road (Harbor View Road at Quail Drive)
Wal-Mart—1231 Folly Road and Griffith Road
Folly Beach Shopping Center - 907 Folly Road (Camp Road and Folly Road)
Harris Teeter - 1739 Maybank Highway and Folly Road
Hot Wheels - 1523 Folly Road
Camp Center - 1238 Camp Road
Harris Teeter - 1985 Folly Road and Sol Legare Road
Harris Teeter - 675 Folly Road
Murray Elementary School - 691 Riverland Drive
James Island High School - 1000 Ft. Johnson Road
Hideaway Pizza Kitchen - 608AHarborview & Clearview, near Ft. Johnson
Those residents with special medical needs please call 843-953-0070 to contact a DHEC representative.
Other important information: 2016 Charleston County Hurricane Guide:http://bit.ly/Hurricaneguide2016 Charleston
County Citizen Alert System: Charleston County residents should register for theCharleston County Citizen Alert System, a free program that allows the public to receive voicemail, text message, and e-mail notifications about emergency situations. Register online at https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611698#login
High Wind and Bridge Policy:http://www.charlestoncounty.org/deparments/emergencymanagement/files/bridgeprocedureshighwinds.pdf
Definition of OPCON levels:http://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergencymanagement.opcon.php
The Charleston County Emergency Management Department developed and maintains an Emergency Operations Plan and Re-Entry Plan for the entire County. Please visit their website at
www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management for more information and links to those documents.
Here are some important numbers or websites you need to know. Downed Trees: Call 911
Downed Power lines: SCE&G- 1-888-333-4465 Gas Leaks: SCE&G -1-899-815-0083
Non-emergency Public Safety concerns: Consolidated Dispatch – (843) 743-7200.
Here are other important links with helpful information :
South Carolina Emergency Management Division: http://www.scemd.org/
FEMA website for Citizen Preparedness: http://www.ready.gov/ FEMA:https://www.fema.gov/
National Weather Service Charleston Office: http://www.weather.gov/chs/
Pet Friendly Hotels: http://www.pet-friendly-hotels.net/