Being located on a barrier island, the Town of Seabrook Island is vulnerable to tropical storm systems and the attendant wind damage and flooding. Charleston County’s Emergency Preparedness Division will lead the regional response to hurricanes and coordinate the regional evacuation and recovery effort with State and Federal officials.
The safe and effective evacuation of Seabrook Island’s residents, visitors, staff, and other individuals is a primary goal. The single road leaving the Town, combined with expected evacuation traffic from nearby Kiawah Island and Johns Island, means that EARLY EVACUATION is essential to limiting traffic congestion. Once evacuation is ordered, traffic control of evacuation routes can be expected to limit travel choices.
Recovery operations after a hurricane passes will be conducted as quickly and safely as possible. Three different groups of individuals will be permitted for re-entry to the Town, and recovery operations will be conducted in phases as each group is permitted to enter the Town. The first group (Phase I) will be limited to Emergency response personnel, Town officials and approved officials of the Town’s principal organizations: the Property Owners’ Association (POA), Seabrook Island Club, Camp St. Christopher, and Bohicket Marina comprising the Town’s Disaster Recovery Council. This first group will conduct a preliminary damage assessment to guide initial recovery operations. A second group of individuals (Phase II) will then be permitted for re-entry to the Town to conduct the initial recovery operations. Once the Town’s essential infrastructure and services are sufficiently restored for the Town to resume regular operations, the third group of individuals (Phase III), all residents, will be permitted for re-entry to the Town. Information for residents regarding emergency response and recovery will be communicated through public information statements issued via one or more of: Code Red warning system, local media, the Town website the Town “800” number (888-314-3177) and e-mail based on the Property Owners Association e-mail list. The Town’s Twitter account (@SeabrookIslnd87) will be used for notices of information updates available at the website or “800” number. It is important that you not attempt to return to Seabrook Island unless and until you have been advised it is safe to do so.
- Develop a plan for evacuation that includes: preparing your residence, mooring for boats in local waters, identifying evacuation destinations and routes, collecting contact information for family and friends you will notify; preparing for pet travel/boarding, preparing your vehicle for evacuation:
- Planning Considerations
- Make a photographic inventory of belongings
- Identify gas, electricity and water shut-offs points and learn how to use them;
- Lock all doors and windows;
- To prevent outdoor items that are not anchored from being carried away by storm force winds, move them to a protected location or otherwise secure them in place
- Keep at least half a tank of fuel in car.
- Prepare for travel with pets
Pet travel related link:
- Assemble a portable disaster kit:
Medicines, medical supplies, prescriptions and first aid kit
Bottled water (1 gallon/person; 3 days supply)
Food (non-perishable, easy to prepare 3 days supply)
Clothing and bedding (sleeping bags, pillows)
Flashlight, battery-powered radio and extra batteries
Special items for infants or elderly or disabled family members
Cell phone with charger
Family and emergency contact information
Pet food and other items for pets (litter boxes, leashes)
- Take the following documents with you:
List of prescription medicines and names of prescribing doctors
Birth and marriage certificates
Driver’s license or personal identification
Social Security cards
- Pay attention to weather forecasts.
Weather Related link:
- Load car with “portable disaster supplies”, pillows, blankets, important papers, etc.
- LEAVE EARLY and arrive safely.
- Evacuation Route
- SC 700 (Maybank Highway) to Road S-20 (Bohicket/Main Road) to US 17.
- Take US 17 south to SC 64 where you will go to Walterboro, then to North Augusta
- Upon arrival let friends or family know where you are.
Response and recovery operations following a hurricane will vary depending on whether the Town was fully evacuated or not. These operations may last days, weeks, months or even years. The complexity of recovery operations will increase significantly if significant damage was done within the Town.