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Follow the Suggestions Below for Returning To, Inspecting and Cleaning Your Home

  • You will need to take pictures of your home and the damage before doing any cleaning up. Check with your insurance company before taking action.
  • Public Safety Personnel cannot clear trees on private property.
  • Several of the Island grocery stores are open. There is a food and water POD located at Hilton Head School of Creative Arts (10 Wilborn Road). Warm meals will be provided to residents in need of relief as well.
  • If you are not able to return to your home the Bluffton High School Post Storm Shelter is open at 12 H. E. McCracken Circle, Bluffton.
  • Remember to boil the water vigorously for at least one minute before using it for drinking or cooking. This includes making ice.
  • Remember you will need to have your own hygiene products, toilet paper, etc.
  • The areas that do have water will still have issues with their sewage, so limit use of toilets.
  • All Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue vehicles have food and water on them, if you see them out in your areas, they will help you.
  • Be very careful of downed, unstable or leaning trees, they may fall without warning.
  • Keep in mind that you may come across wildlife on the Island, these animals' homes have been destroyed as well and they are wandering around trying to find their own shelter.
  • Due to lack of water services in many areas of the Island, outdoor burning of yard debris is prohibited until further notice. A debris management plan will be announced in the near future.
  • You need to have insect repellant. Mosquitos will be rampant due to the standing water.
  • Remember to throw out all of your food in the refrigerator and freezer. The power has been out on the Island since late Friday night (Oct. 7th). "When in doubt throw it out".
  • If your home flooded, assume it is contaminated with mold and take necessary precautions to ensure you and your family’s health.
  • Open doors and windows, to air out the house if has been closed up for more than 48 hours.
  • Be careful using chemicals to clean your home, make sure you wear gloves, and DO NOT mix any chemicals together when cleaning, you could create toxic fumes and other hazards.
More information is available on the Town’s website www.hiltonheadislandsc.gov and Facebook page (Town of Hilton Head Island Government)