The Town of James Island is closely monitoring the potential of Hurricane Florence and is currently operating at OPCON level 4.
The Town participated in an Emergency Management call today with Charleston County and State emergency officials. While the track is still uncertain, the coast of South Carolina will be affected in some way. The State is planning for the worse case scenario and the potential of a Category 4 hurricane making landfall along the South Carolina coast. That will result in a full coastal evacuation, and an evacuation order could come as early as Monday morning. 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 is currently issuing sandbags at Town Hall, located at 1122 Dills Bluff Rd. Bags and sand are limited, and residents are limited to 10 bags.
Below are some 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.