Berkeley County Closes Government Offices
MONCKS CORNER, S.C.- (Monday, September 2)- Berkeley County held a press conference at 10 a.m. today, with the Berkeley County Sheriff, County Supervisor, Berkeley County School Superintendent, County Council, municipal leaders, and emergency preparedness staff. During that press conference, the announcement was made that Berkeley County Government offices will be closed Tuesday, September 3 – Thursday, September 5. The press conference can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/10AMPresser
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster issued a mandatory evacuation for coastal counties, effective today at noon. Additionally, the Governor ordered school and state government office closures in coastal counties.
BERKELEY COUNTY COURTHOUSE: All jurors who were notified to come to court will be excused through the remainder of this week. Drug court graduation will be moved and rescheduled at a later date. All courts in the Berkeley County Courthouse have been canceled. Circuit court is canceled all week. Family court is canceled through Thursday, and the status of Friday is to be determined. All offices in the County Courthouse are closed through Thursday, and the status of Friday will be determined.
SANDBAGS INFORMATION AND EVACUATION ZONES: Latest on sandbag distribution list and evacuation zones can be found through this interactive map: http://bit.ly/2lzzNg3
Berkeley County has delivered 400 tons of sand and 10,000 bags to 18 different distribution sites.
SHELTER INFORMATION: Berkeley County will open shelters tomorrow and will announce the locations in the morning.
Berkeley County Council issued a State of Emergency declaration at the County Committee and Council meeting Sunday, September 1 at 2 p.m.
The declaration was made so that aid can be provided to supplement local resources in preventing and/or alleviating damages, loss, hardship or suffering in connection with Hurricane Dorian.
OPERATING CONDITION: Berkeley County moved to OPCON 1 yesterday, September 1 at 1 p.m. This operating level means the County Emergency Operations Center is fully activated. The Emergency Operations Center will begin operating 24 hours starting tomorrow.
CITIZEN CALL LINE: Berkeley County opened a citizens’ information line Sunday, September 1. By calling 843-719-4800, residents can get updated information from the County’s Emergency Preparedness Department.
ANIMAL CENTER: Berkeley Animal Center has temporarily stopped accepting animals. The shelter will remain closed until further notice. The shelter needs people to fosters animals through the storm. If you can foster an animal, please go by the shelter. The shelter has also waved reclaim fees through the storm. If you need to reclaim an animal at the shelter, you can do so at no cost.
LANDFILL AND CONVENIENCE CENTERS: Berkeley County landfill will be open from 7:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. and will close after that, until further notice. Convenience centers will be open from 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. tomorrow and will close after that. Republic Services is suspending trash pick-up until after the storm.
– Prepared by the Berkeley County Public Information Office –