By Town of Kiawah Island for The Island Connection
Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. The highest frequency of storms typically occurs from August to October. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center predicts a 60% chance of an above normal Atlantic hurricane season this year. Due to COVID-19, the Town of Kiawah Island could not host its annual Disaster Awareness Day again but looks forward to bringing the event back in 2022. Property owners should prepare for the season by reviewing their hurricane plans and local emergency procedures. Provided below are resources and information to help residents be informed. The National Weather Service’s Charleston office identifies all storms that present a danger to the area and alerts the Charleston County Emergency Management Division (EMD). When a threat is imminent, the EMD activates the County Emergency Operations Center and conducts daily Tri-County conference calls with emergency response agencies and jurisdictions. This joint call provides interagency coordination and daily updates from the National Weather Service, the National Hurricane Center, the Governors’ office, and other State & County emergency response agencies. The Town’s Emergency Management team participates in the Tri-County conference calls and disseminates information to its residents. The Town’s Emergency Management team incorporates officials from the Community Association, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Partners, Kiawah Island Utility, Freshfields Village, and all other entities integral to preserving the safety of island residents and visitors.
Communication & Emergency Notifications
Residents should monitor communications from the Town and KICA as their official news source for the island. The Town of Kiawah Island leads communication efforts in emergencies and disseminates important detailed notices to the community. As part of the island’s emergency management plan, KICA and the Town issue joint emergency communications. The Town utilizes the methods listed below: Town Email Distribution List: Email notifications are sent to all residents registered for the Town’s email distribution list. To be added, visit kiawahisland.org/disaster-preparedness or text TOKI to 42828. If you experience problems signing up, contact sbraswell@ kiawahisland.org. CodeRED Emergency Notification System: The Town uses CodeRED as an additional method to communicate to residents in emergencies. Sign up for CodeRED all severe weather alerts at kiawahisland.org/disaster-preparedness. If you are unsure if you are registered, you can re-register without receiving duplicate notices.
For more information, visit kiawahisland.org/latest-news.