Emergency Ops Resident Update 9/14/18

Dunes West Residents,

Dunes West Block Captains began a check-in cycle every four hours starting at 8 AM this morning and the Emergency Operations Team has also conducted communications on a four hour cycle beginning at 9 AM this morning. Our final calls of the day will be 8 and 9 PM respectively and will start again tomorrow morning.
For those of you tracking the storm, our neighbors to the north have born the brunt of storm effects. At this time, Florence has been downgraded to a tropical storm and is moving very slowly—about 20 miles in a four hour period. While the impacts to Charleston County are looking better, we still have a 60-70% chance of tropical storm force winds and significant rain overnight and into tomorrow.
One estimate suggests Florence will drop 18 trillion gallons of water overall—the equivalent of the volume of Chesapeake Bay or covering the state of Texas to a depth of four inches. Walking or driving in any standing or moving water is extremely dangerous. Please remain vigilant.
We encourage all Dunes West residents to continue to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Florence and attend to the posted updates of Charleston County, the Town of Mount Pleasant, as well as the state.
Stay safe,
Dunes West Emergency Operations Team

DW Emergency Ops, Resident UPDATE 9/12/18

Dunes West Residents,

The emergency operations team continues to meet daily. Here’s our 9/12/18 update:

  • If you have not already, please secure all trash bins, debris, outdoor furniture, decor, and all other items around your home.
  • Continue monitoring Hurricane Florence tracking; the direction, intensity, and duration continue to be fluid and pose significant danger.
  • SCDOT has current information on evacuation routing; SC 511 (website SC511.org or the SC511 app for smartphones) provides current traffic and road conditions.
  • For your safety when driving, including in Dunes West, please use caution and avoid any deep or flowing water.
  • Town of Mount Pleasant Citizen Hotline: 843-884-8517 and Charleston County Citizen Hotline: 843-746-3900. You can also sign up for town emergency alerts here: http://www.tompsc.com/EmergAlertSignUp. We will also continue to post to https://dw-safety.com.

Finally, here’s a link to a video from TOMP Mayor Haynie and the town’s Emergency Operations Manager, Amanda Knight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqLSPecC3ds&feature=youtu.be.

Please stay safe,
Dunes West Emergency Operations Team

DW Emergency Ops | Resident Update, Monday 9/10/18

Dunes West Residents,

By now you are seeing info from multiple resources. Very simply:

  • We are at OPCON 2, this means “Disaster or emergency situation in effect. Maximum preparedness level. Full activation of the Charleston County Emergency Operations Center.”
  • Governor McMasters issued a mandatory evacuation order that includes all of Charleston County effective at Noon on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
  • Hurricane Florence has doubled in speed and will make landfall earlier than expected. The storm is expected to be a category 4.
  • The emergency operations team met to complete Dunes West’s OPCON 2 checklist, and are proceeding with requirements of plan.
  • Please stay safe. Highway traffic lane reversals begin tomorrow. Please review evacuation routes and impacts to local roadways.

Thank you,

Dunes West Emergency Operations Team

EMERGENCY OPS Resident Update, Sunday 9/9/18

Dunes West Residents,

At 8 AM this morning, Charleston County (and Dunes West) moved to OPCON 3. The change from 4 to 3 means there’s a “Disaster or emergency situation likely or imminent. Full or partial activation of the Charleston County Emergency Operations Center. Activate Charleston County Emergency Operations Plan.” 
Our Dunes West Emergency Operations Team (DWEOT) is in communication with both the Town of Mount Pleasant and Charleston County emergency management departments. The county will have their Emergency Operations Center fully activated by tomorrow morning; the town is also activating tomorrow. Additionally, our local fire station captain reports all three shifts will be operational at Station 5 on Wednesday.
Earlier today, our core DWEOT met to review current status and complete our OPCON 3 checklist. This included updated communications,  scheduling tests for our digital radio and our Ham radio operators, and beginning to aggregate data on key personnel’s intent to stay or go, should an evacuation be called or given certain situational conditions.
Like you, we continue to monitor the approaching storm. While some models indicate a possible turn to the north, hurricanes often change course before landfall and other factors influence the intensity and impact. We still need to be observant and prepared.
We encourage all residents to review and prepare to implement your emergency plans for your family, pets, and home as appropriate. If your block captain touches base—or if you seek to be proactive—please let him or her know your family’s likely choice should an evacuation order be made.
Information and resources are available on the Dunes West Emergency Operations website: https://dw-safety.com. You can create a log-in (see the box in the upper left corner) and monitor the Dunes West OPCON (box in the upper right corner). We post notices in the top center of the page, and several helpful documents are available if you scroll down a bit. Our documents include a list of “authoritative resources” to monitor official information from the town, county, and state.
We will provide ongoing communication through the following channels: email blasts from the POA office, posts to the Dunes West Emergency Operations Website and the POA Facebook page, and announcements on Nextdoor (via Kathryn Bingham). We also send information to our community block captains.
Thank you,
The Dunes West Emergency Operations Team

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Dunes West Residents,

You may have seen the declaration of a “state of emergency” by South Carolina’s governor, Henry McMaster, relating to the tropical storm, Florence. Prior to this announcement, Charleston County–and therefore Dunes West–moved to OPCON 4. This first shift of operational condition from a normal state of 5 to a 4 means there’s a “Possibility of an emergency or disaster situation that may require a partial or full activation of the Charleston County Emergency Operations Center.” 
Earlier today, our Dunes West Emergency Operations Team met to activate our existing emergency plan. We have checklists for each OPCON level. As part of our OPCON 4 meeting, we’ve reviewed current infrastructure status, critical vendors, our communication plan, and affirmed individuals who serve in key roles.
If you have not already done so, now is the time to review your emergency plans for your family, pets, and home. As a reminder, there are resources available on the Dunes West Emergency Operations website: https://dw-safety.com. You can create a log-in (see the box in the upper left corner) and monitor the Dunes West OPCON (box in the upper right corner). We post notices in the top center of the page, and several helpful documents are available if you scroll down a bit. Our documents include a list of “authoritative resources” to monitor official information from the town, county, and state.
As part of our communication plan, we will reach out through the following channels: email blasts from the POA office, posts to the Dunes West Emergency Operations Website and the POA Facebook page, and announcements on Nextdoor (via Kathryn Bingham). We will also send information to our community block captains.
Thank you,
The Dunes West Emergency Operations Team

Dunes West POA Alert #3

Alert #3

Dunes West Continues Preparation for Hurricane Irma

Governor McMaster has indicated that, based on analysis of the most currently available information, there will be no mandatory evacuation ordered for Charleston County.  The threat remains for impacts from some level of storm surge/higher than normal tides, and high wind gusts, but not to the level requiring a mandatory evacuation at this time.  The governor emphasized that there is always a chance that the track of Irma could change, and that his decision is based on best currently available data.

Additional information will be promulgated as it becomes available.

Click here for National Hurricane Center Potential Storm Track

 

Dunes West POA Alert #2

Alert #2

 

Dunes West Continues Preparation for Hurricane Irma

 

Hurricane Irma has been downgraded to a category 4 hurricane, and the National Hurricane Center has adjusted its projected course slightly westward.  Nonetheless, it remains a dangerous hurricane with the potential to impact our area with wind effects and storm surge.  Accordingly, residents are urged to continue with their storm preparations, such as securing anything that could become a wind-driven projectile, and preparing for evacuation if ordered.  In that regard, Governor McMaster stated that with the recent change in course of the storm, he was waiting to review the 5:00 p.m. update data before making a decision on his pending evacuation order.  The governor indicated that his decision will be announced at approximately 6:00 p.m. today, but the evacuation order would be implemented at 10:00 a.m., tomorrow (Saturday) if the order is given.   Residents are urged to continue to monitor local news sources, to include the Dunes West Emergency Operations Team (DWEOT) website, www.dw-safety.com , for the latest information on Irma and the status of the pending evacuation order.

 

As of 2:00 p.m., Dunes West, as well as the rest of Charleston County, moved to OPCON Level 2.  This means that the Charleston County Emergency Operations Center is now fully operational.  All residents are urged to continue their personal hurricane and family communications plans, and especially become familiar with current evacuation routes/procedures, which can also be found on links on the DWEOT website, www.dw-safety.com.

 

The POA and its Emergency Operations Team are continuing to monitor the situation, and will provide updates as information becomes available.  As part of this, the POA is taking certain actions, in accordance with its Hurricane Plan, to safeguard POA assets and infrastructure.  This will include such things as test-running of backup generators and chain saws, turning off all pond fountains and bubblers, securing trash cans, etc.  We have also advised Pulte of those areas where unsecured building supplies need to be secured.  In addition, arrangements for contractor assistance, if needed, with road clearing/tree removal have been finalized.

 

Additional information will be promulgated as it becomes available.

Dunes West and Charleston County move to OPCON Level 2

In accordance with Charleston County Emergency Management, Dunes West POA and Emergency Operations has moved to OPCON 2. OPCON 2 indicates Disaster or emergency situation in effect. Maximum preparedness level. Full activation of the Charleston County Emergency Operations Center.

Dunes West POA and ERT will provide more details as they become available.

Mandatory Evacuation to be issued – effective Saturday at 10:00 A.M.

SC Governor Henry McMaster will issue a mandatory evacuation order to be effective this Saturday at 10:00 A.M. in preparation for the likely effects of Hurricane Irma. Dunes West EOT advises residents to know your evacuation zones and routes. Major routes will include lane reversals so be prepared for restrictions on returning to the community until authorities open traffic to the area again.

Click here for an SCDOT interactive map

  • Charleston County, Dorchester District 2 and Berkeley County schools will be closed Friday through Tuesday
  • Dunes West and greater Mount Pleasant are Zone C (East of the Wando River)

 

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