What to do now:
- Develop a Family Plan now, do not wait until a storm is announced. Communicate with out-of-town family members; let them know your plan when a storm is present and contact them afterwards. Make sure all family members know how to contact each other in case of separation.
- If you or a family member has special needs, please include these arrangements in your plan. City emergency workers will be busily securing City facilities, equipment, and supplies and ensuring a general evacuation and will not be able to assist individuals with transportation or securing personal property.
- If you have pets, pre-plan a hotel or shelter that accepts pets.
- Have a hurricane kit! The kit should include a portable battery operated radio, flashlight, extra batteries, first aid kit, food and water for several days, a non-electric can opener, medications, moist towelettes, garbage bags, infant formula/diapers if needed, pet food and water for your pet, complete change of clothing, sleeping bag, matches in a waterproof container, and cash (ATM machines and credit cards may not be usable if power is out).
- After a storm, reentry on the island will two forms of ID showing residency or property ownership. Keep copies of necessary paperwork to have upon reentry.
- Check your insurance coverage. Did you know it typically takes 30 days for a new insurance policy to become effective? Check into flood coverage because most homeowners insurance does not cover floods.
- Have opening protection readily available for your home’s windows, doors, etc. Supplies immediately before a storm are difficult to find and may be more expensive. Factory made storm protection is often the best; however, it you choose to use plywood it should be at least ½” thickness, pre-cut to fit openings and attached securely with screws for ease of removal.
- Learn how to secure power, gas, and water utilities now. It is often best to secure all utilities when evacuating. In the case of storm damage doing this may reduce additional property losses and illuminate hazards to your family and emergency workers.
When a Hurricane Watch is issued:
- Review your plan with your family and friends.
- Check your hurricane kit.
- Make evacuation route plans based on storm projections. Travel and lodging plan should be well inland.
- Think about your pets in planning.
- Fill vehicles with fuel.
- Fill prescriptions.
- Secure items in yard, especially your trash and recycling cans, which could become projectiles in the storm.
- Secure buildings to include utilities and openings.
- Fill containers and bath tubs with water.
- Place refrigerators setting to coldest temp.
- Monitor local and national weather updates.
From Hurricane Warning to Landfall:
- Stay calm — follow your family hurricane plan.
- Place valuable items in a safe waterproof area or containers.
- Take insurance information with you and review.
- Make sure to pack reentry paperwork (two forms of ID)
- Monitor media for updated storm and community information.
- If evacuating to a shelter, bring blankets, sleeping bags, and other basic supplies for several days.
- Complete the securing of your home.
- Leave when evacuation order is given! Remember, in a severe storm emergency services will have to evacuate for the protection of personnel and emergency equipment and will not be available.
- Call 911 if you have an emergency. Folly Beach Dispatch will likely not be operational.
Returning to Folly:
It is our goal to provide for the safety and security of our citizens after a large scale disaster; for this reason, Public Safety may find it necessary to limit access to all or portions of the island based on the extend of damage.
- When returning to the island after a storm event, a police officer will be posted at the entry point logging persons entering and exiting the island. Two forms of ID (pictured ID and utility bill) confirming you are a resident or property owner will be required to come on to the island under certain conditions. A log will be keep of persons entering and leaving the island for a period deemed necessary based on infrastructure and safety conditions. A pass will be issued for posting in the front window of vehicles by the access attendant. Please expect long delays.
- Please keep in mind that the City of Folly Beach only have control of the roadways coming onto the island itself; major highways and bridges leading back to the area are likely to be closed to in coming traffic until cleared by SCDOT Engineers.
All media outlets (TV, radio, Websites) should be monitored routinely for updates on conditions of Folly Beach and access routes leading to the island. Media outlets will be updated routinely by the Cities Emergency Operations Center with the latest information available in the recovery process. Emergency and temporary contact numbers will also be published on these outlets as normal communications may be down for some time.
- As the island is deemed safe the controlled access may be reduced. Repair contractors may be required to check in with a specific destination with the approval of the property owner at the check point until the point the city can return to normal operations.
- Check home for the damages before entering. Beware of trees and limbs that could fall causing injury.
- Notify authorities of immediate hazards that may exist.
- Secure minor damages that will continue to allow rain or other weather conditions to cause further damage to your home or contents. Open home for ventilation to assist in the drying out process.
- Please contact City Hall before you hire a contractor; we want to ensure you are working with a licensed contractor and not a scam artist.
- Beware of down utilities lines; treat all lines as if they are live.
- Do not connect a generator to your home’s electrical system unless it has been wired by a licensed electrician for this application. The generator could feed power back into the power lines causing injury to workers or your neighbors!
- Drive only if absolutely necessary.
- Beware of food spoilage in refrigerator and freezers
- Contact insurance carrier to report damages. Take photos for documentation of damages, if possible.
For information, call Folly Public Safety—843- 588-7003