As a barrier island, Sullivan’s Island shares a unique set of challenges when beset with emergency events. It is important to be prepared for potential emergency situations such as tropical storm, hurricanes, tsunamis, floods and fires. It is essential that community residents and visitors understand that the entire Island is located within a flood hazard area and is prone to catastrophic damage and loss of life if confronted with extreme weather events.
The primary Municipal Emergency Operations Center (MEOC) is located within Town Hall and is equipped with an elevated generator capable of sustaining operations in the event of a power outage. In 2011 the Sullivan’s Island Remote Emergency Notification System (SIRENS) was implemented and is comprised of two sirens located at Station 24 and Station 15. The audio notification will activate should residents become unresponsive to telephone, mobile devices and internet. The Town also manages an emergency and community alert system through Nixle. This allows residents to register to receive text messages and emails from the Town.
Annually, the Town participates in the Charleston County Emergency Operations Plan and the Charleston County Hurricane Preparedness Guide in addition to the Town’s own Hurricane Plan. Town Government must continually stress the importance of evacuation plans when confronted by any emergency. The best plan of action is to be prepared. Make sure you have a family emergency plan that maps out what to do before, during and after a disaster. Visit our Emergency Evacuation webpage to learn how to effectively leave town should you need to evacuate. Resident only re-entry stickers may be obtained at Town Hall upon the presentation of your driver’s license with your Sullivan’s Island address on it or a deed of ownership. These stickers are for residents and property owners only, not visitors, guests, extended family or contractors. The Town has many other useful tools to aid you in your emergency preparedness plan. Below are some documents and website links to help you prepare.
Sullivan's Island Disaster Preparedness Guide (PDF)
South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD)
SCEMD Hurricane Guide (PDF)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Nixle- SI Emergency Notifications
National Hurricane Center
NOAA Findings on "Average Atlantic Hurricane Season"
Home Disaster Guide (PDF)
Special Needs Resident Form (PDF)
Town of Sullivan's Island Storm Warning Systems
Hurricane Hugo (September 21, 1989) and Sullivan's Island- Pre and Post Event Summary
Powerpoint Presentation by Jamie W. Moore PhD. and Dorothy P. Moore PhD.