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Colleton residents should learn zones, locations during this hurricane season

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Colleton residents are encouraged to “know your zone” and to prepare for all evacuations this hurricane season by having supply kits and emergency preparedness kits ready to go.
On Sunday, S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster responded to the threat of Hurricane Dorian by issuing a mandatory evacuation for all southern coastal counties in the Palmetto State, including Beaufort County, Jasper County, Charleston County and Zones A and B in Colleton County.
These zones include the coastal areas of Colleton, such as Edisto Beach, parts of Green Pond and Jacksonboro.
With McMaster’s order, the lane-reversal process began on Monday along Interstate 26 as part of the evacuation process.
The order to evacuate and to reverse the lanes also forced the closings of public schools in these counties, as many of the schools will need to be used for emergency shelters.
Colleton County School District also closed school until further notice this week, as part of the governor’s evacuation order.
To prepare for any storm this hurricane season, Colleton residents are encouraged to do the following:
• Have back-up supplies of medicine, pet food, baby supplies, and batteries ready to go;
• Put birth certificates, social security cards, insurance cards, immunization records, and any other important documents in plastic Ziploc bags or a water-safe security container;
• Fill any generators and gas tanks;
• Have cash on hand;
• Take an inventory of your personal property, including pictures of your home and belongings and the serial numbers on those items;
• Have batteries in stock, along with an emergency radio;
• Fully charge any electronic items ahead of the storm;

• Prepare your property by removing any loose patio furniture and plants;
• Make sure your pets are either in a pet-approved shelter or that you take your pets with you during an evacuation.
If anyone goes to a shelter, Colleton residents are reminded to take personal sanitation supplies, a pillow, blankets, and small entertainment items for children.
Locations of Importance
• Sandbags will be distributed to Colleton residents from the Colleton County Fire-Rescue headquarters, located at 113 Mable T. Willis Boulevard. Residents are responsible for filling and loading their own sandbags.
• Colleton County High School is used as a public shelter. The shelter is located at 150 Cougar Nation Drive, Walterboro.
Know Your Zone
Any time that an evacuation is ordered by the state’s governor, it is very important that Colleton County citizens be aware if they live in an evacuation zone. There are two major evacuation zones in Colleton County: Zone A and Zone B.
Zone A consists of anyone living south of the CSX railroad tracks in the southern portion of Colleton County and includes the communities of Edisto Beach/Island, Jacksonboro, Green Pond, Bennetts Point, Wiggins, White Hall areas (between the CSX railroad and Ace Basin Parkway / U.S. Highway 17), the Bonnie Doone and Maybank/Prices Bridge communities.
Zone B consists of areas south of Cottageville Hwy (U.S. 17-Alternate) from the Dorchester County line to Walterboro, south of South Jefferies Blvd, and east of Interstate 95 to the Hampton County line and includes anyone living along the Combahee, Ashepoo and Edisto Rivers that are subject to be inaccessible due to storm surge flooding.
If you are unsure of your home’s location, go to www.scemd.org/knowyourzone. In the top left corner of the map, there is a place to type your address and the map will display your home’s location. If it does not appear in an area shaded yellow or red, then you are not in an evacuation zone.

Heather Walters (1670 Posts)