Hurricane Section 2011

Thinking about returning home after a storm? Here's what you need to know

May 26, 2011 

  • Re-entry numbers

    Call to find out when it will be safe to return home after an evacuation:

    1-800-963-5023 (Beaufort County Emergency Management)

    Traffic reports

    888-877-9151 (statewide)

    843-255-4144 (Beaufort County)

Beaufort County officials want to make sure residents know the correct procedures when re-entering the county after evacuating. Here's what you should know:

  • Have a contact. Residents should have an out-of-area contact for friends and family to call to make sure they are OK.

  • At first, only residents will be allowed back into certain areas, particularly islands, so they can make home repairs.

  • Have ID ready. Residents must have a form of identification and proof of residency or lease upon returning because there will be roadblocks manned by S.C. Highway Patrol and Beaufort County law enforcement officers. They also should bring other important documents, such as insurance papers.

  • Be ready to work. Residents should be ready to make repairs to their homes to avoid more damage from additional rain and wind. They should prepare for the worst-case scenario -- returning to find no home at all or one that needs significant repairs before it's suitable to be lived in. Contractors will be spread thin.

  • Have tarps, boards, nails and screws to make repairs to the roof and windows.

    What to bring when returning:

  • Gas generator

  • Gasoline

  • Flashlights

  • Tent and blankets

  • Food, water and ice

  • Paper, writing utensils and cameras to document the damage

  • Contact number for the insurance company.
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