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Advisory: Hurricane Irma Update: Barrier Island Evacuation Shelter Updates

At last night’s press conference Governor McMaster issued a mandatory evacuation order for the barrier islands in Beaufort County starting at 10:00 AM this morning, September 9, 2017. Beaufort County barrier islands under the mandatory evacuation order are Hilton Head Island, Daufuskie Island, Harbour Island, Hunting Island and Fripp Island. As of 10:00 AM this morning road blocks will be in place and residents and guests will no longe r be able to enter the affected barrier islands, until the evacuation order is lifted.

The Red Cross will have a shelter open in Jasper County at 10:00 AM on SATURDAY morning for all evacuating citizens which is located at Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School (250 Jaguar Trail, Ridgeland).

Two shelters will be available within Beaufort County on SUNDAY at 9:00 AM. Those shelters will be: Bluffton High School located at 12 H. E. McCracken Drive in Bluffton and Battery Creek High School located at 1 Blue Dolphin Drive in Burton.

Beaufort County residents and guests are encouraged to keep up-to-date with the storm through the National Weather Service Charleston
Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management continues to closely monitor Hurricane Irma and additional information will be released later this morning. Thank you for your patience.

For full details, view this message on the web.

Advisory: Hurricane Irma Update: Please consider leaving ahead of mandatory evacuation expected for Saturday morning.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS) Charleston, Hurricane Irma remained a powerful category 5 storm over the Atlantic Ocean moving west-northwest as of 5:00 pm today. As of this time no evacuation order for Beaufort County has been issued, but residents and guests are encouraged to leave ahead of a mandatory  evacuation expected to start Saturday morning. Leaving ahead provides you with the opportunity to evacuate in a direction of your choice, rather than pre-determined routes. Please stay up-to-date on Hurricane Irma through the National Weather Service Charleston The NWS provides updates at 2:00 am, 5:00 am, 8:00 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 8:00 pm and 11:00 pm.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation. Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management continues to closely monitor Hurricane Irma and we will keep you updated on any developments.

Advisory: Sheriff P.J. Tanner will address the public in a press conference at 4:30 pm today at Sheriff’s Office in Beaufort.

Sheriff P.J. Tanner is holding a press conference at 4:30 PM today to address the public on Hurricane Irma. We will broadcast the press conference live on the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page and the County Channel. Local media outlets are invited and encouraged to attend. The press conference will be held on the second floor of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office headquarters building training room, 2001 Duke Street in Beaufort. Please continue to monitor this dangerous storm through the National Weather Service and trusted local media. As soon as a decision on mandatory evacuation is made, we will advise you.

Advisory: Beaufort County offices and activities will close tomorrow, September 8th at noon and remain so until further notice.

A short time ago Beaufort County Administrator Gary Kubic announced County Government offices will close tomorrow at 12 pm and remain closed until further notice. In addition, all County public meetings and other scheduled activities for September 11-15 are suspended until further notice. County and municipal emergency services and law enforcement remain available.

No evacuation order for Beaufort County has been issued yet. The County strongly encourages the public to continue to plan ahead and monitor Hurricane Irma on local news media and the following information outlets:

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and State officials will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. today to address the public.

1. Start running your ice makers early and bag the ice in freezer bags. Fill as much space in between your freezer items as you can.
2. Freeze regular tap water for pets, cleaning or drinking in tupperware-type containers. Leave a small bit of space between the top of the water and the lids so the ice expands but doesn’t crack the container.
3. Start using up your perishables to make more room for ice in the freezer
4. Fill up all vehicles with gas, check tires and oil
5. Get cash from the ATM – at least enough to get you through tolls and gas out of town
6. Take a picture of important documents and send to your email. Take originals in sealed bags or plastic bins.
7. Pet / livestock food and supplies. Pack vet records in case you need to shelter then at a storm-safe facility.
8. Share your evacuation plans with family members so they know where you’re headed
9. Consider putting heirlooms and photos in plastic bins in a high place, second floor, or safe room if you don’t plan on taking them with you
10. Secure all firearms and ammunition properly
11. Put old rags and beach towels on your windowsills. Even with the best windows and shutters, water seeping from the wind pressure happens. A few damp towels is better than soaked drywall or floors.
12. Shutter windows and doors and bring everything outside into your garage or house early. Do not wait until the day before. Better to get done early and relax than wait until its too late, especially if you are a first responder, hospital employee, etc.
13. Purchase hurricane supplies early If you don’t already have them

Additional Tips:
14. Fill tubs with water for flushing if you aren’t on city water. 15. Pack dry clothes in heavy duty plastic bags so if you leave you at least have something dry to change into.
16. Put water in 2 liter bottles, like empty soda bottles and freeze them. They take a long time to thaw and are good to keep in freezer or put in frig to keep it cold when the power goes out

*provided by Jeff Cook, Charleston Realtor and friend of CGR. Thanks for sharing, Jeff!