NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina – Leaders from the Tri-County region warned citizens to prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Ian on Friday, especially those in historically flood-prone areas.
Representatives from counties and municipalities described the storm response in their respective areas.
Thursday, at 8 a.m., the county will launch a telephone information service for residents. to 8 p.m. The number for the information line is 843-746-3900 or 843-746-3909 for Spanish-speaking citizens, according to the chairman of the Charleston County Council, Teddy Pryor.
On Thursday and Friday, Charleston County government offices will be closed.
On Thursday and Friday, the Charleston County Public Library will close all branches and offices. During this period, book drops and automated material returns will also be closed. Customers are requested not to leave goods outside the book drops.
Thursday at noon, according to Charleston County Director of Emergency Management Joe Coates, the county will open two shelters:
North Charleston’s Matilda Dunston Elementary School is situated at 1825 Remount Road.
North Charleston Pet Shelter, situated at 3841 Leeds Avenue
At 8 a.m., shelters will be served by buses. Thursday in downtown Charleston. The remainder of the County will be collected beginning at 10:30 a.m. Blue hurricane pickup signs denote pick-up locations. The locations of hurricane shelters can be found in the Charleston County Hurricane Guide.
“We have cots accessible at the shelters, but you’ll need to bring your own blankets, pillows, toiletries, snacks, and medications,” he said.
Beginning at 5 p.m., Charleston County will open its downtown parking garages at 93 Queen Street and 90 Cumberland Street in downtown Charleston for motorists concerned about water damage. every Thursday Sunday at noon, drivers will be able to leave their automobiles there.
The landfill and all Berkeley County government offices will close at noon on Thursday and remain closed until Friday.
Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb announced that the county’s information line for non-emergencies will be live on Thursday, adding that residents can dial 843-719-4800.
Bill Hearn, chairman of the Dorchester County Council, asked county residents to have emergency plans in place by Friday.
“We recommend residents and business owners to anchor or bring in outdoor furniture, tighten loose rain gutters, and remove clogged areas to prevent flood damage,” he said.
The non-emergency number for the county’s consolidated dispatch center is 843-887-3511. Residents in Dorchester County can call this number to report fallen trees or storm-related traffic hazards.
At 5 p.m., the city of Charleston will open various parking garages for those who choose to park their vehicles out of standing water. Mayor John Tecklenburg stated on Thursday.
He warned individuals to remain indoors and avoid potentially hazardous flooded areas.
“As the streets flood, we will close them and our fire department and police will be ready for rescue, but please do not put them to work,” he warned.
Mayor Keith Summey of North Charleston stated that city offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday.
“We’re advising our folks to stay indoors if they can, to avoid venturing out in the storm. Just allow it time to arrive and dissipate,” he advised. Since we’ve gotten a lot of rain in the past month, we know that the soil is more moist than usual for this time of year.
After the storm, the county will be out performing cleanup, if necessary, according to him.
The administrative offices of Mount Pleasant will close at noon on Thursday and return on Monday with regular hours. Operations will continue uninterrupted during facility closures and telework.
All staff of public safety will continue to work throughout the weather event. There will be no decrease in public safety personnel.
Thursday morning, the Municipal Court will be open on its regular schedule.
On Thursday, all recreation facilities will close at noon. Thursday’s afternoon events and Friday’s day events are canceled or postponed.
Garbage and trash collection will continue as scheduled. The Department of Public Services has prepared for the storm and will complete their routes as planned.
Wednesday, as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Florida, South Carolina anticipates and prepares for its approach.