NEWS RELEASE – HURRICANE IRMA UPDATE
September 11, 2017
The Town of James Island is continuing to operate at OPCON 1 as we deal with the effects from Hurricane Irma.
James Island is under a storm surge warning, flash flood warning, a tropical storm warning and a tornado warning until 1 pm. Go into an interior space within your home away from windows.
We are urging residents to stay off the roads and remain inside. We are currently experiencing storm surge of four to six feet. Charleston County has suspended all EMS operations while winds are sustained at 40 mph. There are various impassable roads throughout James Island due to either standing water, downed lines and/or trees. We repeat, please remain off the roads.
Those road closures include Central Park Rd between Fleming and Riverland Dr, HBVR at James Island Connector and North Shore, Fort Johnson and Folly, Riverland Drive between George Griffith and Grimball Rd, and Woodland Shores.
Residents located in low lying areas that have flooded in past should relocate to higher ground when wind speeds die down. If possible, stay with friend or family on higher ground. A hotel or motel in the north area should also be considered.
A Charleston County facility at 3765 Leeds Avenue opened as a shelter of last resort. Transportation to the shelter is currently not running due to high wind speeds. Pick-up locations for James Island are listed below. Those seeking shelter need to bring pillows, blankets, medications, and entertainment for children. The shelter will accommodate pets, however please bring crates, food and any other pet needs. For specific questions about special medical needs contact DHEC: 1-800-578-2031.
A second Charleston County Facility located at 3841 Leeds Avenue at the corner of Bridge View Drive will open as a shelter. This shelter will NOT accept pets. They are still being accepted at the shelter at 3765 Leeds Avenue.
The Town’ sand bag distribution has ceased. The Town has no sandbags or fill material remaining.
The Town’s Office will be closed to regular business on Monday, September 11; and Tuesday, September 12.
The Town will send out regular updates as information becomes available. Please visit the Town’s website at www.jamesislandsc.us
Other important information:
· Citizen Hotline: (843) 746-3900
· 2017 Charleston County Hurricane guide: https://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/files/hurricane-guides/2017-Hurricane-Guide-Color-Fold.pdf
· Charleston County Citizen Alert System: Charleston County residents should register for the Charleston County Citizen Alert System, a free program that allows the public to receive voicemail, text message, and e-mail notifications about emergencies. Register online at: https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611698#login
· High Wind and Bridge policy: http://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/files/bridgeprocedureshighwinds.pdf
· Definition of OPCON levels: http://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management.opcon.ph
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 these documents.
In case of an event, here are some important numbers or websites you need to know.
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/