Who has the authority to issue an evacuation order?

In South Carolina, only the governor can issue a mandatory evacuation order. Your local county and municipal officials are following the Governor’s directive and may enact local measures to support and augment an evacuation order as needed for public safety.

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1. Who has the authority to issue an evacuation order?
2. What local agency leads during hurricane season?
3. What if I need a shelter during a storm?
4. What if I need transportation to a shelter?
5. My neighborhood floods during major storms. What are ways to prevent flooding?
6. Why aren’t hurricane predictions more accurate?
7. What are the best sources of information during a storm?
8. What if I work in Georgia but live in Bluffton?
9. What if Beaufort County is being evacuated but the Savannah area is not?
10. Can I evacuate before an evacuation order?
11. What happens if I stay in town during a mandatory evacuation order?
12. What can I do to prepare for a storm?
13. What can my neighborhood or POA do to prepare for a hurricane?
14. How does the Town of Bluffton prepare for a hurricane?
15. How do local contractors prepare for a hurricane?