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 (scemd.org), 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 - www.nhc.noaa.gov

The Weather Channel - https://weather.com

American Red Cross Hurricane Checklist - www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA.../m4340160_Hurricane.pdf

Charleston County Government - https://www.charlestoncounty.org/

Emergency Preparedness Information for Charleston County - www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/Emergency-Management/emergency-info.php

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