Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery are top priorities for the Town of James Island. We must be prepared for any disaster and know that our residents will receive the most up-to-date information when an event occurs. Making sure residents have access to the necessities when a disaster strikes is important and ensuring timely evacuation off the island if necessary and a safe return is also key.
It is vital that every resident sign up for the Charleston County Citizen Alert Notification System powered by EVERBRIDGE. This system allows you to be alerted any of the following ways: home phone, mobile phone, text message, email or by fax. Mass notification keeps everyone informed before, during and after any emergency event. Citizen Alert Notification Sign Up.
During an emergency, information specific to James Island will be shared on this website, the Town News email distribution list, and on the Town Facebook and Twitter accounts.
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.
Here is link to the Charleston County 2015 Hurricane Preparedness Guide.
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: 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/
FEMA Emergency Management Institute IS Classes https://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.aspx
National Weather Service Charleston Office http://www.weather.gov/chs/
Pet Friendly Hotels http://www.pet-friendly-hotels.net/