IDALIA Hurricane Resources and Preparation

Hurricane IDALIA Bluffton Hilton Head Island

From the CEO of The Bluffton Chamber of Commerce…
August 29th, 2023 9:30 am

Good Morning, By now, you have seen or heard information about Hurricane Idalia, which is expected to be a tropical storm when it reaches our area (the greatest impacts for southeast Georgia and southeast South Carolina are expected to occur late Wednesday morning through early Thursday morning).  Please be aware that as of this morning, Tuesday, August 29, 2023, heavy rainfall, flash flooding, strong, gusty winds, storm surges/coastal flooding, and rip currents are possible.If you haven’t done so already, finalize your emergency plan and storm preparations, back up files, make sure important documents are safe, have a communication plan in place, and know your insurance policy.  If you aren’t sure where to start or need to update your plans, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division has a list of what to do to prepare a business HERE.Please remember to check official, reliable resources.  Should you need them, some resources are listed below:

Utility Contacts:

  • Beaufort – Jasper Water & Sewer Authority 843-987-9200

  • Dominion Energy 888-333-4465

    • Gas Leaks 800-815-0083

  • Palmetto Electric Cooperative 866-445-5551

  • Hargray 877-427-4729

  • Spectrum 855-243-8892

Sources for information included in this email that were not hyperlinked:
US National Weather Service Charleston SCIn the event of an emergency, dial 9-1-1 and for non-emergency related items, call 843-524-2777.In addition, I have attached four pages from our new Community Guide and Business Directory (pgs. 38 – 41) that explain the differences between a watch vs. warning, hurricane categories and impacts, evacuation information, what to include in a disaster supply kit, as well as the important information and contacts.

Please be prepared and be safe!  Let us know if there is anything we can do to help.

Thank you,

Natalie J. Osterman, Chief Executive Officer

Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce

29 Plantation Park Drive, Suite 703

Bluffton, SC 29910


p: 843.757.1010

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