The storm is over and you're heading home; now what?

newsroom@islandpacket.comMay 28, 2014 

  • Re-entry numbers

    Beaufort County residents should call the emergency management agency to find out when it will be safe to return home after an evacuation:

    • 1-800-963-5023 (Beaufort County Emergency Management)
    • 843-726-7797 (Jasper County Emergency Management)

    For traffic reports:

    • 888-877-9151 (statewide)
    • 843-255-4144 (Beaufort County)

    To report power outages:

    • 888-333-4465 (SCE&G)
    • 800-922-5551 (Palmetto Electric Cooperative)

Beaufort County officials want to make sure residents know the correct procedures when returning to the county after an evacuation. Here's what you should know:

  • 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 an 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 prepared 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. Also bring long-sleeved shirts, long pants, sturdy waterproof boots and work gloves.

  • What to bring when returning:
  • Gas generator
  • Gasoline
  • Flashlights, battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • Tent and blankets
  • Bottled water and nonperishable foods
  • Paper, writing utensils and cameras to document the damage for insurance claims
  • Contact number for the insurance company
  • First aid kit
  • Hygiene products and toilet paper
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen


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