The Governor has issued an Evacuation Order for the State of South Carolina effective Noon today. Schools and Government Offices will remain closed this week until further notice. Mayor Woolsey has declared a State of Emergency for the Town of James Island as the threat of significant impact from Hurricane Dorian remains. The Town, in cooperation with the City of Charleston, will begin issuing sandbags today, Monday Sept. 2nd until 5 pm or while supplies at James Island Town Hall – 1122 Dills Bluff Rd. Residents will be limited to 10 bags per household. Enter Town Hall from Dills Bluff Rd and follow directions to ensure a smooth distribution. After 5 pm today, sandbags will not be issued as residents are encouraged to evacuate. The Town has currently issued approximately 9,000 sandbags today.
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 of James Island participated in a Tri-County Conference call today at 12:30 p.m. with Charleston County. The Town of James Island moved to OPCON 1 in conjunction with the Governor’s Evacuation Order. Definition of OPCON levels: http://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/opcon.php
• The potential for Hurricane Dorian to have significant impacts on South Carolina remains.
• There is an increasing risk of strong winds and dangerous storm surge along the coast South Carolina later this week. The Hurricane could track close to our coastline Wednesday into Thursday. As a result, preparations should be made for direct hurricane impacts midweek.
• The Citizen’s Information Line is active 843-746-3900
Shelters are used as a last resort and citizens need to bring necessary personal items with them. Transportation pickup points can be found in Charleston County’s Hurricane Guide at charlestocounty.org. Buses will run from the hurricane pickup points to shelters from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day weather permitting.
The following shelters are open:
· Coastal Pre-Release Center (pet friendly shelter) – 3765 Leeds Avenue, North Charleston 29405
· Military Magnet Academy - 2950 Carner Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405
· R.B. Stall High School - 3625 Ashley Phosphate Rd, North Charleston, SC 29418
· Jerry Zucker Middle School - 6401 Dorchester Rd, North Charleston, SC 29418
JIPSD Trash Services are suspended until further notice.
Charleston County recycling services are suspended until further notice.
Bees Ferry Landfill and citizen convenience centers are closed until further notice.
Charleston County High Wind Bridge Procedure: https://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/files/BridgeProceduresHighWinds.pdf
If there has been disruption to utility service, please contact Dominion Energy Customer Service through the resources listed below:
Dominion Energy Customer Service: 1-866-366-4357
Down/Sparking Lines: 1-888-333-4465
Gas Leaks: 1-800-815-0083
Power Outage: 1-888-333-4465
Down Trees: Call 911
Non-emergency Public Safety concerns: Consolidated Dispatch – (843) 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/
Current Charleston County Hurricane Information: https://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/index.php
Definition of OPCON levels: http://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/opcon.php
Download the Charleston County EMD App for the latest updates by searching CC EMD in your carrier’s app store.
For updates, visit the Charleston County website or follow us on our social media platforms:
Visit website: www.charlestoncounty.org
Updates on Hurricane Dorian will be released and posted to the webpage and social media as new information becomes available. Visit website: Town of James island: www.jamesislandsc.us for latest news releases.