As you know, our island has the potential to be hit with many weather emergencies – hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, and even ice storms. Hurricane season runs from June through November. Usually, we receive warnings that a hurricane is imminent and now is the time to prepare.
The Town of Seabrook Island and the Town of Kiawah Island come together each year to host a Disaster Awareness program to help residents be prepared for any weather emergency. This year the annual Disaster Awareness Day will be held on June 13, 2018. The program will focus on hurricane preparedness covering preparation, evacuation, and return. Valuable prizes will be raffled off throughout the event with the opportunity to win an Amazon Echo! First ten attendees will receive a free NOAA weather radio. The Disaster Awareness Day will take place at the Kiawah Municipal Center from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. A complimentary wine reception will follow. No tickets are required.
Tidelines will provide a series of articles, Hurricane Hints, outlining things you can do now to be better prepared for an emergency. In addition, we will publish articles addressing storm preparation, evacuation, and recovery. Our Hurricane Hints 2018 can be accessed at any time on the Tidelines website. The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) 2018 Hurricane Guide has recently been distributed through the Post and Courier and is another helpful resource.
Last, please keep in mind that the Tidelines staff, all volunteers, will make every effort to keep our followers informed of the status of storms, evacuation procedures, and recovery efforts during such an event; however, we can’t predict the intensity of oncoming storms, whether we will be home or traveling when it hits, or whether there will be internet capability available wherever it is that we land. Please also check the Town of Seabrook Island’s website and watch for SIPOA’s e-blasts.
Remember, be prepared; stay safe.