TOSI – Tropical Storm Florence Update #1


September 7, 2018                                                                     3:00 pm

As a result of ongoing monitoring of Tropical Storm Florence, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division and the Charleston County Emergency Management Department announced Saturday, 8 September that emergency preparedness readiness status will be increased to Operations Condition 3 in the morning of Sunday, 9 September. The Governor is assessing the need for evacuation of all South Carolina coastal residents based on the direction and strength of Florence. If evacuation is ordered, that order could be announced as early as Monday, 10 September. Mayor Ciancio will increase the Town’s emergency readiness status to Operations Condition 3 on Sunday, 9 September. In OP CON 3, the Town is in a status of elevated preparedness for a disaster event and will reduce its operations. The Town urges the following preparations for potential hurricane impact:

Property owners and visitors should review the hurricane preparedness steps in the Town’s website at, “Emergency Preparedness”. Upon an order of evacuation by the Governor, all Town services will be suspended and during storm impacts, emergency services for both Seabrook Island and Charleston County may not be able to respond.

The evacuation route from Seabrook Island is south through Walterboro and on to Aiken. Evacuation before an order by the Governor is the best way to ensure availability of a more direct route to a preferred evacuation destination.

For emergency response call 911.

For questions concerning non-emergency assistance during a state of emergency, call the Charleston County Citizen’s Information Hotline (843-746-3900).

For emergency response information for Seabrook Island, call the Town ‘s toll free telephone service (888-314-3177), or connect to the Town’s website ( and monitor the Town’s TWITTER feed (@seabrookislnd87) for announcements of availability of information updates.

Property Owners with rental guests should forward this notice to their rental guests.

It is expected that the next emergency information update will be issued by the Town in the early afternoon on Sunday, 9 September.

-Submitted by the Town of Seabrook Island