Editor’s note: In a press conference Tuesday morning, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster lifted the mandatory evacuation for Beaufort, Jasper and Colleton counties. To read more, click here.
Getting ready for a hurricane involves lots of details, which makes it easy to get overwhelmed.
To help, we’ve compiled a list of all the website to follow, phone numbers to call and Facebook pages to check in order to stay up to date on information and report events in the midst of an emergency.
Emergency management contacts
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National Aeronautics and Space Administration Hurricane Resource Page: www.nasa.gov/ mission_pages/hurricane s/main/index.html. Twitter: @NASAHurricane.
South Carolina Electric and Gas: www.sceg.com/outages-emergencies: (Features checklists for outages, emergency contacts for downed lines and information on how to report a power outage, as well as other preparation tips.) Downed/Sparking Lines: 1-888-333-4465 Gas Leaks: 1-800-815-0083. Twitter: @scegnews. Facebook: www.facebook.com/scegnews/
Town of Hilton Head Island: https://www.hiltonheadislandsc.gov/publicsafety/hurricane/stormupdates.cfm Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TownofHiltonHeadIslandSC/. Twitter: @HHIEmergency
Town of Bluffton: www.townofbluffton.sc.gov. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Town-of-Bluffton-Government-132462416781170/. Twitter: @TownofBluffton
Beaufort County Re-entry Hotline: 1-800-963-5023
Here is a sampling of apps you may want to download:
Beaufort County Emergency Management: This free mobile app from the Sheriff’s Office will help you prepare and plan for how to respond to a disaster in your area. It includes alerts, an evacuation map and a list of contact information and locations for various services.
NOAA Weather Radar: View animated weather radar images and hyperlocal storm patterns. Freefor iPhone and iPad.
Hurricane by American Red Cross: The free app for iPhone and Android helps you stay up to date with NOAA alerts, along with providing a way to connect with friends and family and let them know you are OK. It also has a flashlight, strobe and alarm. There is a second free app with first-aid advice for situations ranging from anaphylactic shock to heart attacks. To download both apps, visit: redcross.org/mobile-apps/hu rricane-app.
The Weather Channel: The go-to source for all things weather-related offers free apps for iPhone/iPad and Android.