Hurricane Matthew and South Carolina – What You Need to Know Now

All eyes are on the tropics, as Hurricane Matthew churns toward South Carolina.   Most schools and government offices have closed, and officials are urging coastal residents to evacuate in advance of the storm.

Although tropical storms and hurricanes are common in South Carolina, they are still dangerous, potentially deadly occurrences.  Please review your family’s emergency plan, stock up on supplies and consider your evacuation routes.  Remember, most hurricane-related deaths are due to flooding.  If you experience flooding, avoid the floodwaters!  It only takes 12 inches of rushing water to wash away a vehicle.

Also, surviving the storm is everyone’s business.  Please be sure to check on your eldery and infirm neighbors!

Here are some helpful links to help you and your family prepare and stay safe through the storm!

South Carolina Emergency Management Division –
http://www.scemd.org/

Charleston County Government –
http://www.charlestoncounty.org/

North Charleston Emergency Preparedness –
http://www.northcharleston.org/Residents/Police/Emergency-Preparedness.aspx

Charleston County Emergency Management –
https://www.facebook.com/EMDChasCo/

Charleston County Hurricane Guide –
http://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/files/hurricane-guides/2016-Hurricane-Guide-Color-Full-Size.pdf

Lowcountry Closings and Cancellations –
http://www.live5news.com/story/33314320/look-here-closings-and-cancellations-related-to-hurricane-matthew

Grand Strand Closings and Cancellations –
http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/33316211/list-of-closings-ahead-of-hurricane-matthew

Berkeley County Emergency Division –
https://www.berkeleycountysc.gov/drupal/emergency

Beaufort County Emergency Division –
http://www.bcso.net/Emergency%20Management/index.php

Colleton County Emergency Division –
http://www.colletoncounty.org/emergency-preparedness

Dorchester County Emergency Division –
https://www.dorchestercounty.net/index.aspx?page=69

Georgetown County Emergency Division –
http://www.georgetowncountysc.org/emergency_management/

Hampton County Emergency Division –
http://www.hamptoncountysc.org/20/Emergency-Management

Horry County Emergency Division –
http://www.horrycounty.org/departments/emergencymanagement

Jasper County Emergency Division –
http://www.jaspercountysc.org/secondary.aspx?pageID=45

Williamsburg County Emergency Division –
http://www.williamsburgcounty.sc.gov/index.aspx?page=115

FEMA South Carolina –
http://www.southeastcoastalmaps.com/Pages/States/SC.aspx

National Hurricane Center –
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Weather Underground Matthew Coverage –
https://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/atlantic/2016/Hurricane-Matthew