There is still time to leave and it is recommended you do so.
If you chose not to evacuate, experts say to have supplies to carry you through three days. However, you would be well-advised to have supplies for a far longer time period. Be sure to have enough bottled water for drinking on hand to last for the duration. We are a barrier island and could lose electricity and/or water and sewer for longer than that.
Freshfields lists following on their Hurricane Dorian Special Hours page:
- Harris Teeter: Open until 4:00 pm Wednesday, September 4; Scheduled to re-open on Friday if conditions allow.
- The Station: Gas available by credit card purchase only. (Store and deli closed)
As a reminder, some things to get ready:
- Choose a safe place in your home to stay – away from windows. A small interior room is best.
- Take in your porch and deck furniture, potted plants, yard decorations, bird feeders, barbecue grill— anything that could become a projectile.
- Prepare your windows. Depending on the type of windows you have, refer to your user’s manual to be sure you know how to engage your hurricane windows, use plywood to board up your windows or close your storm shutters.
Monitor the local news sources to stay aware of what is happening:
- Tidelines emails and TidelinesAlert on Twitter
- The Town’s CodeRED warning system
- The Town’s website
- The local Live5 weather
- The National Hurricane Center
- The National Weather Service for Charleston
- The South Carolina Emergency Management Division
- NOAA, which will provide impact graphics, storm surge height, storm warnings and watches, etc.
- WEZL 103.5 radio and WIWF 96.9 radio which are participants in the Emergency Alert System.
Please note: The Weather Channel will not have the same level of local reporting that the sources above will have.
Some other helpful hints:
- We may lose electricity, water and sewer services. Fill a bathtub with water so you have access to water for flushing and cleaning if needed. Be sure to have flashlights and extra batteries on hand.
- Cell phone coverage for voice calls may be out. Try text messaging or switch your data off on your cell phone settings and try to send an email message instead. Let your family members outside the area know what your plans are.
- Turn your refrigerator to the coldest setting and keep it closed. Once the electricity is out, your refrigerator will keep foods cool for four hours if left unopened. Thawed food is usually okay if still “refrigerator cold.”
REMINDER: If you decide not to evacuate, you will be on your own since essential services, including medical, water and sewer services, will not be available. Power outages and flooding are likely to occur.
Remember, be prepared; stay safe.