#8 Access Communication Tools

There are many tools you can use to communicate during a weather emergency. Check out those outlined below and get familiar with them before they are needed.


This is the service provided by a large number of public safetysmart911 agencies and is important to have not just in the case of a disaster.

It allows first responders to access the information you have provided before they arrive to help you. They would know your medical situation, any medications you take or allergies you may have. In the event of a fire, they would have information such as how to get into your house, where the utilities can be shut off, etc. For other emergencies, it can provide important facts they may need immediately. In addition, it will provide the name and number of someone to contact if the need arises.

For more information and to sign up, go to smart911.com. Also interesting are the pages on “How It Works” and “Frequently Asked Questions.”

Medical ID

This is another very useful tool that is a built-in feature of your iPhone. In the case of an accident, first responders need to know your ongoing medical situation as well as whom to contact. If your cell phone is locked, they can’t access any information that is in it. This feature, which is on the front of the phone on the screen where you put in your password, allows them to access this information. The only information that is there is what you put into the accompanying app. You or someone else can also make an emergency call without going beyond the lock screen on your cell phone.

To find out more about it, click here. For information on devices other than the Apple iPhone, click here. To see a review of privacy concerns, click here.



CodeRED is the method that the Town of Seabrook Island uses to give you severe weather warnings via telephone, text and/or email.

You can choose to receive notifications about tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and/or flash floods. Please remember, hurricane notices can be several days out and you should take action before CodeRED announces any imminent danger.

To sign up, go to the Town of Seabrook Island website by clicking here.

In the upper right-hand corner, click on the words “Emergency Preparedness.” At that point, there are several buttons on the right side. Click on the button that says “CodeRED” and sign up. You can limit the way you receive the information to just phone, email or text or receive it on all of them. You can also list several telephone numbers.


You can subscribe to the TidelinesAlert Twitter feed and activate the notification and sound features to receive special traffic, weather or emergency alerts via Twitter. This means you can get urgent Tidelines notifications as they are published on Twitter while still maintaining a daily or weekly summary of Tidelines posts via email.

For information on TidelinesAlert, and how to sign up for Twitter, click here.

Local Alerts

Town of Seabrook Island: Click here for their website.


To access all the Tidelines Hurricane Hints published this year, click here. It is never too late to complete some of the suggestions.

In the event of a disaster, our volunteers have devised a plan to cover it as we have in the past. We will work diligently to give you up updates as we receive them.

Remember, be prepared; stay safe.

Tidelines Editors