Kiawah Island is a barrier island and, as such, is particularly susceptible to damage from severe weather. Natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and earthquakes are potential hazards. Kiawah is also at risk for other hazards including manmade disasters such as hazardous chemical spills, water contamination or fires.
The Town is responsible for emergency management on the Island and is charged to develop, coordinate, implement and lead the Town’s emergency preparedness program thus enabling effective preparation for, response to and recovery from emergencies and disasters in order to save lives, reduce human suffering and minimize property loss. A critical component of the Town's emergency management is its emergency telephone notification system,CodeRed.
The threat posed by these hazards should be taken seriously. These hazards have the potential to disrupt day-to-day activities, cause extensive property damage, and create mass casualties. Historically, the greatest risk is from natural hazards (e.g., hurricanes, tornadoes, severe storms, floods, earthquakes). Disasters and emergency situations can happen anytime and anywhere. When disaster strikes, you may not have much time to respond, so it is important that you and your family are prepared. A hurricane, earthquake, flood, tornado or any other disaster could cut off utility services for days and lead to evacuations or confine your family to your home. Take time now to understand the types of emergencies that may occur. Develop an emergency plan and assemble an emergency supplies kit; to keep you, and your family safe.
The Town provides an Emergency Preparedness Plan for residents to explain the dangers and tips to preparation themselves for each type of hazard. This comprehensive plan includes information about emergency shelters, including pet friendly shelters, supply lists, and special needs’ facilities. Download a copy of the Emergency Plan and retain it to help prepare your families. The Plan also includes help links including the Evacuation Route to Highway 17 South.
The Town of Kiawah Island was involved in formulation of the Charleston Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan is updated annually and describes the different hazards the Charleston area faces and ways to address these hazards.