Sign up for the Town’s emergency notifications system CodeRED. CodeRED is used to communication to residents in emergency situations or critical community alerts such as evacuation notices, boil water notices, tornado warnings, and flash flood notices.
When a hurricane threatens South Carolina’s coast, you may plan to leave voluntarily or you may be ordered to evacuate. Charleston County no longer issues voluntary evacuation orders; however based on reports from the National Weather Service, the Governor, and Charleston County EPD, the Mayor will issue a recommendation to evacuate the island.
By evacuating early, you will be able to pick your own evacuation route. If you wait for an evacuation order, you will be told which route to take. You could be stuck in traffic and you may not be able to find accommodations. Vehicles may be prohibited from crossing bridges due to strong winds. You are strongly encouraged to leave early before an evacuation order.
BE ADVISED After an evacuation order is issued and completed, Kiawah Island Utility and Berkeley Electric may turn off their services. If you chose to remain on-island, you may not have power or water until a thorough post disaster damage assessment has been performed. There will be no medical, fire, rescue or police assistance available on the island. Even after the event, depending on the damage to the island, you may not get assistance for several days. After an evacuation order is issued, water and electrical utility workers, law enforcement, fire department, EMS and KICA security will leave the island when it is no longer safe to stay