Hurricane Matthew Information

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Andrea Mock, VP of Communications & Public Relations | @AndreaMockSC

The South Carolina Chamber wants to keep you updated on the latest on recovery efforts in our state in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

From the South Carolina Department of Transportation: The latest numbers show we still have 407 roads closed in our state.  And 27 bridges closed.  The SCDOT is working around the clock to get the major roads up and running as soon as possible.

Also new today, Hilton Head Island will be open for reentry at 3:00 p.m. today, October 11, 2016.  The barrier islands of Fripp, Harbor, and Hunting remain restricted.

To check if any state maintained roads are closed, please click here.

From the South Carolina Emergency Management Division:  Want to let your customers know you are back up and running again? Use the hashtag #SCOPEN4BIZ on your social media accounts, and let’s get your customers back in the door.

There are always scam artists when people are the most vulnerable.  SCEMD is reporting that there have already been cases of individuals posing as FEMA representatives asking for personal information from #Matthew victims. If you are approached, please make sure they have a proper photo ID badge from FEMA.

Also as thousands of disaster workers come into the state from all over the country, SCEMD offered these tips to help avoid scams:

  • Ask for proper identification of service providers.

  • Legitimate service providers will not ask for personal information such as the name of your bank, social security numbers or any other identifying information.

  • If you feel unsafe when individuals come upon your property, call 911 for local law enforcement assistance.

Any residents with questions about response and recovery actions can call the South Carolina Public Information Phone System 1-866-246-0133.

The SCEMD is a great resource for all information on recovery.  http://www.scemd.org/

And some good news today from an SC Chamber Member: Sonoco, based in Hartsville, S.C., has donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in Hurricane Matthew relief efforts in the Southeast.

 “Thanks to generous donors, like Sonoco, all Red Cross disaster assistance is free,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer of the American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region. “From shelters, food and emotional support, to working with families to help them with their long-term recovery, the Red Cross provides comfort and support after a disaster through the generosity of businesses and individuals.”

Sonoco asks other companies and individuals throughout the region to support hurricane recovery efforts by donating and volunteering with the American Red Cross and other agencies. To donate to the relief efforts, visit www.redcross.org/SC.  

 

Oct. 7, 2016

Andrea Mock, VP of Communications & Public Relations | @AndreaMockSC

As we brace for the impact of Hurricane Matthew, the South Carolina Chamber wants to pass along some important resources to make sure you, your family, and your business stay safe.  

If you need a place to stay, you can call the SC Hotline at 1-866-246-0133 to direct you to the nearest shelter.  Governor Nikki Haley announced 66 emergency shelters are open with close to 3,000 residents already taking refuge there. To see a complete list of shelters in our state, visit SCEMD.ORG.  There, you can also see important information on which counties are under evacuation orders and which route you need to take. 

Also traffic updates and closures will be very important both before and after the storm.  To see the latest on our roads visit SCDOT.COM.  In today's press conference, Governor Nikki Haley announced Friday morning that I-26 East will reopen today.  Haley said, "There is nothing safe about what is getting ready to happen."  She will be holding another press conference this afternoon.

As we look ahead to the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, there will no doubt be rebuilding.  Sadly, this is often a time scammers target those needing construction work done quickly.  The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs department advises to never pay for any work upfront.  They also have an online tool to see how many complaints have been filed against a business as well as the nature and closing status of the complaints.  To look up a contractor or business in your area, click here.

The SCEMD is also working to help local businesses return to normal operations as quickly as possible. Governor Haley has approved into law a new measure that provides a system for post-disaster reentry certification for businesses and organizations that assist in the restoration of utilities and other services. The SCEMD and the S.C. Department of Commerce will coordinate the post-disaster reentry certification program. Please click here for more information on Business Reentry Certification.

The National Weather Service calls Hurricane Matthew an extremely dangerous storm and says the latest track is expected to produce widespread rainfall totals of 8 to 14 inches and wind gusts up to 115 miles per hour on our coast.  The main concern on our coast NWS is predicting a 8-12 foot storm surge during high tide.  We are praying for our friends on the coast and wish everyone a safe passage through this storm.