Important Charleston, South Carolina Hurricane Evacuation Information

2017 South Carolina Hurricane Guide – Download Information

Evacuation Map

SCDOT Evacuation Routes for the State

Evacuation route maps and updates can be found by visiting:

From SC DNR:

Who Should Evacuate?

People living in low lying areas of South Carolina’s coastal counties, as well as anyone living in a mobile home in any of the coastal counties, are required to evacuate for all hurricanes, regardless of the category. Other areas will be required to evacuate when category 4 or 5 storms threaten their areas. The Governor’s Office will make the decision on which areas should evacuate when a hurricane threatens the coast. To help you make your hurricane plan, please refer to the hurricane evacuation zone maps found in the 2017 South Carolina Hurricane Guide.

Before You Evacuate:

  • Make a family communication plan using the instructions found at
  • Make sure there is gas in the car so that you can be ready to evacuate immediately.
  • Make sure your automobile’s emergency kit is fully stocked and ready.
  • Tune in the radio or television for weather updates and evacuation updates.
  • Take action when you think severe weather may be moving into your area, even if no official warning is given.
  • Determine your evacuation destination and write out route.
  • Store home and lawn care chemicals above areas that could be flooded.
  • Shut off the water to the house.
  • Let people know when you are leaving and where you are going. If possible, leave contact information.
  • Lock the windows and doors.
  • Close blinds and drapes.
  • Put plastic bags over TVs, stereos, lamps, computers, etc.
  • Fill the sinks and bathtubs with water to use for bathing, washing clothes, flushing, when you return.
  • Pack some clothes in plastic bags and store on high shelves
  • Adjust the refrigerator and freezer to the coolest possible setting.
  • Follow the instructions provided by local utility companies or emergency preparedness officials regarding the turning off of electric and gas utilities.
  • Find a secure place for boats or second cars. Place under cover if possible.
  • Trim trees and shrubs of weak limbs.
  • Cover windows and doors with shutters or plywood if possible. If that is not possible, place large strips of masking tape across the windows to reduce the possibility of flying glass.
  • Bring inside or otherwise secure items outdoors such as lawn furniture, bird feeders, bicycles, grills, propane tanks and planters.
  • Check on your neighbors, especially the elderly to make sure they do not need assistance in evacuating.
  • Put your survival supplies in the car. If officials order an evacuation, leave as soon as possible, preferably during daylight.

Images of the Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew – Charleston, SC

As I walked around late afternoon yesterday, all I could think was how fortunate so many of us were.? There were no reported deaths in South Carolina as a result of Hurricane Matthew, the flooding was destructive, but manageable, and the multitude of fallen trees had caused many inconveniences, but none life threatening.? It was a sad site to see as trees, limbs and debris scattered all around, but I knew this was temporary and soon the true Southern beauty that draws so many would return.

Today, the sun is shining and we begin to return to a life of comfort.

Let us now take a few moments to breath in some images from the aftermath.
















Now let us be thanks for our answer prayers and smile to the start of a new day and a gorgeous Southern sun rise.



The spirit of humanity shines in Charleston

By Mark A. Leon

Over the last weeks, all eyes have been on Hurricane Matthew with early projections indicting a direct land hit on Charleston, South Carolina and potential Category 4 catastrophic levels of damage.

From the onset we were no longer IOP, Folly Beach, Mount Pleasant, James Island, Daniel Island or North Charleston. We once again became one United community unified the only way we know how; Charleston Strong

Without panic, without fear, we gathered and braced. With a wonderfully organized evacuation and preparation plan we took all the necessary measures to secure our home and preserve our beauty.

Temporarily the aesthetics of our Southern elegance were replaced with wooden panels with spray painted messages urging Matthew to go away.


As the eye moved north, the rest of the country eagerly waited with us. During those trying hours we shared. We shared information, images, and warnings, but mostly importantly, stories of the human spirit.

At the heart of any tragedy is the will of humanity to reach into the core of its soul and find the best in each other.

We once again found our best. As the winds continue and we wave the eye goodbye, we will begin the process to clean, return home, open up businesses and schools, and restore peace once again in our pleasant Southern home. ?Power remains out for many and safety remains a number one priority, but over the horizon we sense a beautiful tomorrow.

We only have to look back one year ago at the Thousand Year Flood and sixteen months ago at Mother Emanuel to remember how our faith has been tested. Once again, I can say with a smile, we have overcome adversity to see the sun rise once again.

The the citizens, families and all those that kept us in their prayers we thank you

Ghost Town – Original Poem (Inspired by Charleston’s resilience during Hurricane Matthew)

By Mark A. Leon

An innocent town vulnerable and quiet left behind to prepare for the fight
Tears of children and families looking back as the lights shine west
Retreating from the coast

The rhythm of horses galloping down the cobblestone roads silenced
The tapping of champagne glasses from the café’s now a mere echo of silent unnerve
Only the footsteps of the spirits remain

The reflection of the windows hidden for another day
The comfortable chaos of King Street all but a deserted shell
Market Street sells not today
Broad Street secures the beauty of its artistic vision

A storm awaits; powerful and without prejudice
Unconscious of the destruction and mourning it brings

Like a baby brought into a world of uncertainty, we can only stare in wonder
Waiting, hoping, praying

Our heralded Charleston
For generations; home
Rich in history; splendid in tradition; overflowing in love
Now a ghost town

Weakened by the prowess of Mother Nature
Without fear; resilient; strong in will
Every citizen together as one.

We have left you, but only temporarily.? We will return
Once again we will love

Charleston is closed: A City is Ready to Brace for Matthew

Preparation has been set in motion.? Businesses and homes are securing their domain.? Shelters are being prepared for the homeless.? Buses, cars and trucks are leaving in droves.? This is a monumental event and one that has not threatened these parts since 1999.? As a community braces for the awesome power of Mother Nature, we put our thoughts and prayers to everyone and their families.

For those that remain, Charleston is witnessing a rare event, a virtual ghost town where we put aside the aesthetic beauty of this historic area and put safety first.

We wanted to share some images that we will rarely see:? a city closed for business.

Images of the Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew

Ghost Town: Original Poem Inspired by Hurricane Matthew
























Keep South Carolina and everyone potentially affected in your thoughts in the next few days.