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Annual Hurricane Preparedness Exercise 

The Town of James Island participated in Charleston County's Annual Emergency Management exercise for Hurricane Preparedness on Wednesday, June 7th.

Pictured: Town MEOC staff makes preparation and monitors the events of a hurricane scenario.


Posted by Frances Thursday, June 8, 2017 4:29:00 PM Categories: priority

Meetings for the Week of June 5, 2017 

Please note the following meetings of the Town of James Island for the week of June 5, 2017:

James Island History Commission, Tuesday, June 6, 6:00 p.m. The agenda is here 

James Island Arts Committee, Wednesday, June 7, 5:30 p.m. Agenda 

James Island Children's Commission, June 8, 5:00 p.m.

James Island Planning Commission, June 8, 6:00 p.m. The Planning Commission will hold discussion and vote on a proposed amendment to the Town's Zoning and Land Development Regulations Ordinance, including a recommendation to add a new section on a temporary moratorium on accepting and processing zoning permits for residential development greater than four units per acre, and other development greater than 1500 square feet in non-residential zoning districts (Ordinance #2017-08). The meeting packet is here. 

Posted by Frances Monday, June 5, 2017 9:52:00 AM Categories: priority

FEMA Encourages Preparation for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season 

Private Sector Advisory

FEMA Encourages People to Prepare Now for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season

June 1, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Atlantic hurricane season starts today, and there is no better time to get ready than now. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages residents and businesses across the nation to prepare by understanding their risk, planning together for the entire family, and downloading the FEMA App.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center seasonal outlook for 2017, released last week, states that the Atlantic could see an above-normal hurricane season this year. The full seasonal forecast is linked at

Both hurricanes and tropical systems have the potential to cause serious damage to coastal and inland areas.  Their hazards could come in many forms including storm surge, heavy rainfall, coastal and inland flooding, high winds, and tornadoes. 

“The time to prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms is now, before a threat even exists,” said FEMA Acting Administrator Robert J. Fenton, Jr. “We want people who live in coastal and nearby inland areas to know where they can get reliable information; prepare their home and workplace ahead of time; know if they live in an evacuation zone and be familiar with evacuation routes. Knowing what to do and practicing your plan now can make the difference between life and death if a hurricane or tropical storm does strike.”

There is a lot of information available to help individuals and communities prepare:

Know Your Risk: Residents should learn what types of natural disasters are common in their stateNOAA’s historical hurricane tracks tool provides information on the severity and frequency of past hurricanes. 

Learn Your Flood Risk: Flooding is the nation’s most frequent and costly natural disaster. Go to and learn how to protect your home or business. Purchase a flood insurance policy if you do not already have one.

Make A Plan: Residents should speak with their family today about how they will communicate with each other during a significant weather event when they may not be together, or during an evacuation order.

Download the FEMA App: The FEMA App contains important information on what to do before, during, and after a hurricane. The App also allows users to receive weather alerts from NOAA’s National Weather Service, includes lifesaving safety tips, and provides access to disaster resources should survivors need them. The App is available in the Apple App store or the Google Play store, and is also available in Spanish.

Know your evacuation zone: Evacuation zones are areas that may be impacted by hurricane flooding. Many communities designate evacuation zones and routes to get citizens to safety. This information is typically found on the websites of state, county, or town emergency management offices. If a hurricane threatens a community and local officials say it's time to evacuate, residents should evacuate immediately. Do not wait for the next forecast.

While much attention is often given to the Atlantic hurricane season, there are tropical systems that can affect many other areas around the nation. To learn more about hurricane seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, visit To learn more on how to prepare before, during, and after a hurricane, visit

Additional tips and resources:



Follow FEMA online at,, and  Also, follow Acting Administrator Bob Fenton's activities at The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.


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Posted by Frances Thursday, June 1, 2017 4:42:00 PM Categories: priority

Ribbon Cutting for the Opening of Pelican's SnoBalls 

The Town of James Island welcomed Pelican's SnoBalls by hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, May 25. Pelican's SnoBalls is located at 769 Folly Road and they offer a variety of cool and exciting SnoBall flavors.  Welcome to the Town! 

Posted by Frances Tuesday, May 30, 2017 3:09:00 PM Categories: priority

Notice of Public Hearings - June 15, 2017 

The James Island Town Council will hold a Public Hearing on an Ordinance Amending the Town of James Island Zoning and Land Development Regulations by adding a new section on a Temporary Moratorium on accepting and processing zoning permits until November 5, 2017 on residential development greater than four (4) units per acre and other developments greater than 1500 square feet in nonresidential zones, except for redevelopment of an already improved parcel consistent with the Folly Road Overlay District.


The Council will also hear comments on a proposed change to the Town of James Island Zoning and Land Development Regulations Ordinance, including a change adding setbacks for accessory structures in commercially zoned districts


The Public Hearings will be held on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall, 1238-B Camp Road, James Island, SC (843) 795-4141. Copies of the proposed ordinance are available for the public to review Monday-Friday during normal business hours. 




Posted by Frances Tuesday, May 30, 2017 9:22:00 AM Categories: priority
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