Thank you Lowcountry!

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Thank you for helping make our 2017 toy drive a success!
With your help we were able to collect eighty-eight gifts this year for Toys for Tots.
As promised, Ravenel Associates matched $1 for every toy collected, donating $88 total to the Lowcountry Food Bank.

Toys for Tots Collection

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Ravenel Associates is proud to once again serve as a collection site for Toys for Tots. Through the Toys for Tots program, the US Marine Corp collects and delivers toys to the less fortunate children of the lowcountry. To assist their efforts we will be collecting new, unwrapped toys through December 14th at both of our office locations.

As an additional incentive, Ravenel Associates will again donate $1 to the Lowcountry Food Bank for every toy collected in our Toys for Tots bins. So please tell your friends, family and neighbors to help make this drive a success for two exceptional organizations.

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Help the Charleston Animal Society by buying lunch

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The Dough Boyz Pizza Co. food truck is coming back and this time they will be benefiting the Charleston Animal Society. They will be here in our parking lot at 960 Morrison Drive from 11:30-2:00 tomorrow, Tuesday October 3rd. For every purchase made they will donate $1 to the animal society. So if you are in the area stop by to support a local business and local charity just by having lunch.

Click here to visit the Dough Boyz website.
Click here to visit the Charleston Animal Society website

Join us in giving for Lowcountry Giving Day

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Join us in supporting our neighbors, our community, Our Lowcountry. Whether it’s donating to an animal shelter or volunteering your time at a food bank, every moment of giving makes a difference.

This year in honor of Lowcountry Giving Day Ravenel Associates will be donating to the Charleston Animal Society, the Lowcountry Food Bank and Charleston Youth Company.

To find out more about Lowcountry Giving Day please click here or visit your favorite charity’s website.

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Should You Hire a Professional or DIY on Those Home Repairs?

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To DIY or not to DIY?

That’s the question on many homeowners’ minds when there’s a repair or home improvement project on their to-do lists. The good news is that you can do plenty of things on your own. But for other projects, you’re better off hiring a licensed contractor, plumber, or electrician to do the work for you.

When undertaking a home improvement project, you want to strike a balance between saving time by hiring a professional and saving money by doing it yourself. So here’s how to know when to hire a professional and when to go DIY.

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Tornado Watches and Flash Flood Warnings

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FIRST ALERT: Tornado Watch for Tri-County until 10 p.m.; flash flood warning until 8:15 p.m.

By Live 5 News Web Staff CONNECT

By Ray Rivera, Digital Producer CONNECT
By Patrick Phillips, Digital Content Manager


A tornado watch remains in effect for the Tri-County until 10 p.m. on Monday.

The counties affected include Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley, Beaufort, Colleton and Orangeburg.

In addition a flash flood warning until 8:15 p.m. remains for Charleston, Colleton, Berkeley and Dorchester.

The National Weather Service has declared a flash flood emergency for Charleston County as severe weather continues across the Lowcountry.

MOBILE USERS: Click here to watch continuing coverage of Hurricane Irma via Live 5 News

Recommended Hurricane Supplies

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Although the latest projection has Charleston out of the direct path of Hurricane Irma, due to the size of the storm we are still expected to see tropical force winds and severe flooding. If you haven't already please get prepared. Below is an article from Live 5 News listing the supplies recommended by emergency management officials.

How to build your hurricane disaster kit

By Patrick Phillips, Digital Content Manager


Don't wait until a hurricane is close to the Lowcountry to begin preparing your weather disaster kit.

When a storm's approach is imminent, you may not be able to find items you and your family will need. That's why safety experts and emergency management officials say it's critical to plan ahead.

Here's what to consider packing in your kit.

Food and supplies

Stock a 3-day supply for each family member including pets. Store in sealed, unbreakable containers. Identify the expiration date and replace every six months.

  • Bottled Water - At least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days. Don't forget to add water for your pets, too.
  • Water Purification Tablets - These can be ordered at
  • Non-Perishable Foods - At least enough for 3 to 7 days. You may need to make special consideration for infants or the elderly.
  • High-Energy Packaged Foods - Peanut butter, crackers, nuts, raisins and dried fruits, snacks, cookies, etc.
  • Packaged Juices - Cans or Cartons
  • Canned Prepared Meats
  • Canned Prepared Foods
  • Baby Food and Baby Formula
  • Baby Diapers and Wet Wipes
  • Pet Food
  • Powdered or Canned Evaporated Milk
  • Special Dietary Needs
  • Toilet Paper and Moist Towelettes
  • Sponges and Paper Towels
  • Soap and Shampoo
  • Toiletries - Toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant
  • Change of Clothing - At least one change for each person
  • Rain Gear
  • Blankets, Sleeping Bags and Pillows
  • Flashlights - One flashlight per person with one extra package of batteries each.
  • Battery-Powered Radio - Don't forget extra batteries
  • Alarm Clock
  • Portable Cooler/Ice Chest
  • Bleach - Pure, unscented liquid
  • Can Opener - Hand-operated
  • Utility Knife
  • Pots, Pans, Cooking Spoons
  • Disposable Plates, Cups, Utensils
  • Sterno Cans
  • Butane Lighters and Waterproof Matches - Keep in plastic bags to protect
  • Portable Barbecue Grill or Camping Stove
  • Charcoal and Lighter Fluid or Stove Fuel
  • Pet Carriers, Bowls, Leashes, Chain and Stake
  • Plastic Grocery Bags - You'll use them for everything!
  • Mobile Device Chargers

Important Documents

  • Driver's License or Photo ID - For each person
  • Important Phone Numbers - Updated address book
  • Home Video/Photos for Insurance
  • Extra Set of Car Keys
  • List of Important Family Information - Serial numbers of medical devices such as pacemakers, etc.

Health Needs

  • Prescription Medication - A two-week supply if possible
  • Doctor and Pharmacy Contact Information
  • Medical Paperwork - Including insurance cards, a copy of all prescriptions and a list of known allergies
  • Pain Relief and Anti-Diarrhea Medications
  • Vitamins
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Feminine Hygiene Products and Birth Control

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McMaster to make decision on mandatory evacuations Friday evening

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By Patrick Phillips, Digital Content Manager


South Carolina's governor says he will review the next update to Hurricane Irma's forecast track late Friday afternoon before making a decision on ordering mandatory evacuations for Saturday morning.

That order could still come by 10 a.m. Saturday, the time he mentioned at a news conference on Thursday.

"Until we say otherwise, coastal residents should plan on evacuating Saturday at 10 a.m," he said. "That may change at 6 o'clock this evening."

McMaster said he wants to see the next update from the National Hurricane Center, which will come at 5 p.m. and will include an update to the center's official hurricane track. He has scheduled a second news conference of the day for 6 p.m.

"I need to say and need to make it clear, if we had to evacuate the whole coast starting at 10 o'clock tomorrow as we are prepared to do, we are prepared to do it," McMaster said.

He said he did not think it would be necessary to issue an order to close schools statewide.

"The decision on school closings will continue to be made by school districts themselves," he said.

Most Lowcountry school districts made the decision early Thursday afternoon to close their schools and offices through Tuesday.

McMaster also rescinded an order of mandatory evacuations for healthcare facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and alcohol and substance abuse treatment facilities, in Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Georgetown and Horry Counties.

The order remains in effect in Beaufort, Colleton and Jasper Counties, he said.

The most recent forecast tracks from the National Hurricane Center have shifted the track of the storm to the west, predicting it will go across the Florida Peninsula and then into Georgia. But that forecast track also has the typical so-called cone of uncertainty, a wide area where the storm could actually go.

By the fifth day out, the longest point in such a forecast track, that cone can be more than 200 miles wide, which means South Carolina could still feel the effects of the storm.

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Govenor anticipates evacuation orders and lane reversals on Saturday

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McMaster expects to issue evacuation order, reverse lanes on I-26 at 10 a.m. Saturday

By Patrick Phillips, Digital Content Manager


Gov. Henry McMaster said he plans to issue orders to evacuate and reverse lanes on I-26 that would take effect at 10 a.m. Saturday.

He stopped short of actually ordering a mandatory evacuation, but said those plans are based on the current information coming in on the projected path of Hurricane Irma and its potential impact on South Carolina.

He said any mandatory evacuation order would at least involve coastal counties but could include additional counties depending on where the storm would most likely make landfall.

If lane reversals do happen, they would take place on I-26 from Charleston to I-77, he said.

In the meantime, he urged South Carolinians to look up their evacuation zones and check for established evacuation routes for their communities.

McMaster also ordered health care facilities along the coast to begin evacuations effective Thursday at 2 p.m.

McMaster said he does not anticipate a gas shortage but warns other state's interstate highways are already experiencing traffic jams because of evacuations from Florida. On Wednesday, traffic on I-95 was up 40 percent because of Florida evacuations, he said.

South Carolina Adj. Gen. Bob Livingston said the South Carolina National Guard is preparing for a Category 4 storm to make landfall, though they expect it will likely be a Category 3 storm.

Livingston said 800 National Guardsmen have been activated to assist with planning and lane reversals.

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Sandbag Distribution

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Local governments are announcing sandbag distributions. Recent post from Live 5 News below:
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SANDBAGS: The Lowcountry braces for Hurricane Irma

By Patrick Phillips, Digital Content Manager
Source: Live 5 Source: Live 5

As Lowcountry residents prepare for a possible impact from Hurricane Irma, local governments are announcing sandbag distributions.

City of Charleston

Charleston officials announced the city would distribute sandbags for their residents beginning Thursday morning.

Charleston officials say the city has a limited number of free sandbags available to help residents who anticipate localized flooding. Distribution will begin Thursday at 8 a.m. at the following locations:

  • City of Charleston Bees Ferry Fire Station at 1985 Bees Ferry Road.
  • Milford Street Public Works Operations Complex at 2150 Milford Street. Enter the first gate on the right and proceed to the rear of the complex.

Additional sand and bags will be available for citizens to build their own sandbags at two James Island locations in cooperation with the Town of James Island. Residents should bring their own shovels to assemble sandbags at these locations:

  • Dock Street Park, 1433 Patterson Avenue. Open dawn to dusk.
  • James Island Youth Soccer Fields, 871 Fort Johnson Rd. Open dawn to dusk.

A limit of 10 sandbags per household will apply to all residents at these locations. To purchase sandbags, citizens should contact a local home hardware store.

A citizen information line is now live at 843-973-7219 and will be staffed beginning Thursday to answer residents’ questions regarding the hurricane, city spokesman Jack O'Toole said.

City of Hanahan

The City of Hanahan is being provided sand and bags by Berkeley County to assist those in need. Hanahan city employees will be on hand to assist with the filling and loading of bags and appreciate any volunteers from the community to assist with this effort.

Sandbags will be available beside the City Hall Gymnasium on Yeamans Hall Road at the following dates and times:

  • Thursday - 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Friday - 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Saturday - 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

A valid ID must be presented showing residency. Bags are limited to up to 10 per household (outside of a flood zone) and up to 20 per household (inside a flood zone) while supplies last.

Berkeley County

The County is working to provide sandbags for Berkeley County citizens at local fire departments. The following locations are offering sandbags:

  • Town of Moncks Corner Fire Department, 118 Carolina Avenue, Moncks Corner, SC
  • Whitesville Fire Department, 115 Sunview Lane Moncks Corner, SC
  • C & B Fire Department, 509 Royle Road, Ladson, SC
  • Moncks Corner Rural Fire Department, 1020 Oakley Road
  • Cainhoy Fire Department -2451 Clements Ferry Road
  • Lake Moultrie Fire Department- Corner of Black Oak and Dawsey Road
  • Pimlico Fire Department on Old Highway 52
  • Macedonia Fire Department- Highway 17a and Harristown Road
  • Cross Station 2 on Old Highway 6
  • Longridge Fire Dept 1382 Longridge Rd Ridgeville

Dorchester County

Beginning at noon Friday, Dorchester County will have a limited number of sandbags available for pickup at the below locations:

  • Ashley River Fire Station, 8045 Dorchester Road, Charleston, SC 29418
  • Dorchester County Fire-Rescue Station 21, 4214 Ladson Road, Ladson, SC 29456
  • Summerville Fire-Rescue Training Center, 1101 Yancey Street, Summerville, SC 29485
  • New Harleyville Town Hall (Old Sun Trust Bank Building) 122 W. Main ST. Harleyville, SC 29448

Sandbags will be available on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last or until 5 p.m.

In order to make resources available to as many residents as possible, each household will be limited to 10 sandbags.

Additional sandbags will be available at the above locations, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday while supplies last.

Residents are responsible for the legal disposal of all sandbags. Disposal locations/information will be made available at a later date.

Colleton County

Please call 843-549-2130 for information about sandbags. Someone will be available to answer residents' calls between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Williamsburg County

Williamsburg County officials are providing citizens with sand and bags in preparation for Hurricane Irma, but citizens will have to bag their own bags. The sandbag distribution point will be held at the Williamsburg County Public Works Building located at 236 County Camp Road in Kingstree starting at 1 p.m. Thursday while supplies last. The sandbags will be free, but there is a 10 bag maximum per person/household. In order for the process to move easier please, bring your dash pass.

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Sandbags now available to Charleston County Residents through the City

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Special Bulletin from The City of Charleston:

Sandbags Available to Residents in Preparation for Hurricane Irma

The City of Charleston has a limited number of free sandbags available to assist residents who anticipate localized flooding. Distribution will begin September 7th, at 8 a.m. The sandbags may be picked up from the following locations:

  • City of Charleston Bees Ferry Fire Station at 1985 Bees Ferry Road.
  • Milford Street Public Works Operations Complex at 2150 Milford Street. Enter the first gate on the right and proceed to the rear of the complex.

Additional sand and bags will be available for citizens to build their own sandbags at two James Island locations in cooperation with the Town of James Island. Residents should bring their own shovels to assemble sandbags at these locations:

  • Dock Street Park, 1433 Patterson Avenue. Open dawn to dusk.
  • James Island Youth Soccer Fields, 871 Fort Johnson Rd. Open dawn to dusk.

A limit of 10 sandbags per household will apply to all residents at these locations. To purchase sandbags, citizens should contact a local home hardware store.

Residents are encouraged to review the city’s Hurricane Information webpage and the available resources in preparation, which will be updated as new information becomes available. The webpage can be accessed at

For the most accurate and up-to-date weather forecasts, residents should stay tuned to the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service Charleston websites, as well as local media and the FEMA app.

A citizen information line is now live at 843-973-7219 and will be staffed beginning to answer residents’ questions regarding the hurricane. Additional hurricane preparedness information can be found at and in the downloadable Hurricane Preparedness Guide.

Storm Preparedness

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Although it's too early to tell the path that Irma will take, it's better to plan for the worst and hope for the best. Please begin now to put a plan in place to keep yourself and your home safe.

Ravenel Associates has an expert team of managers and experience in both pre and post storm management from Hurricane Hugo. We are monitoring the storm and working closely with your board of directors and vendors. We will be following the boards policies for storm preparation at your community. Please look for email updates from your boards and check your community website for information regarding storm preparation recommendations.

Some of the models have the storm going right into Charleston but even If the storm does not make landfall here, we will still feel its affects. We encourage you to be alert for any announcements you may receive from the local weather stations or from other agencies such as NOAA (National Hurricane Center) Weather Radio. In the Charleston area, the frequency for the NOAA is 162.550-162.450. While the television station is easier to see and listen to, if a storm approaches power usually goes out and radios are the way to go! Just make sure you have plenty of charged batteries. South Carolina Emergency Management Division (, has an excellent 14 page guide with information as to the evacuation routes for your area, phone numbers for emergencies and what you need to prepare and/or purchase if you are staying in the area. Charleston County’s website is useful for determining road closures and openings.

Other good sites include:

The National Hurricane Center -

The Weather Channel -

American Red Cross Hurricane Checklist -

Charleston County Government -

Emergency Preparedness Information for Charleston County -

Please follow the recommendations made by the local authorities and if a mandatory evacuation is issued, please leave as soon as possible.

Tips for Planting Stunning Flowers

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Flower gardens can turn an ordinary area into a colorful showcase or create a border that pops. Whether you choose an easy to manage perennial or a particularly touchy annual, growing flowers is a rewarding addition to any yard or landscape.

Selecting the right plants for your flower garden is often a matter of preference, but with so many species and varieties available it can be mind-boggling. Whether planting perennials or annuals, preparing the soil in advance will help your plants flourish (see Building Healthy Soil). Annuals will probably be less picky about where they live since they will only be around for about a year. However, the better the growing conditions, the better the plant will fare.

If you are starting with a bare or weedy spot of land, you’ll need to start at the beginning. Determine the area for your flower bed and start digging. Remove all surface weeds along with rocks and roots. Next, dig some more — double dig that is. To double dig a garden bed, dig a trench the width of the garden to 2 shovel depths. Set the soil off to the side. Then, dig another trench next to the first one, dumping the soil into the first trench.

When starting plants from seed, be sure that your soil has been adequately prepared. Dig a small hole in the ground according to the directions on the seed packet (usually about twice the depth of the seed) and drop in a couple of seeds. Cover with soil and water gently, but thoroughly. Be sure to keep the soil moist as the seed sprouts.