Bluffton prepares for hurricane season

(Source: WTOC)
(Source: WTOC)

BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) - June 1st marks the official start of this year's hurricane season, and the Town of Bluffton wants to make sure people are prepared for what could possibly come by holding a couple of hurricane preparedness classes for residents.

This makes the third year the Town of Bluffton's Emergency Management Department has offered these hurricane preparedness classes. For about an hour, residents will receive key information on how they need to prepare for the upcoming season. Emergency officials will discuss the importance of having safety kits and insurance coverage, as well as details about evacuation routes.

Community Relations Manager for the Bluffton Police Department, Joy Nelson, says the Town of Bluffton changes each hurricane season. She says more neighborhoods are popping up, which means the department's strategy plan changes to accommodate those new developments. She says it's important that people prepare now so that they're not scrambling to get stuff done at the last minute.

"We always like to provide these classes close to the beginning of hurricane season, so it's top of mind. We want people to come to these classes, learn what they should be doing right now before a hurricane hits so they can go home and the next day put their kit together, get a list of medications, touch base with their pharmacy," says Nelson.

The classes will be offered on the following dates/times:

  • Monday, May 14, 6 p.m. at the Bluffton Police Department - 101 Progressive St.
  • Wednesday, May 23, 6 p.m. at the Bluffton Police Department - 101 Progressive St.

Nelson says the May 14th class is almost completely filled, so you may want to plan to take the 23rd class instead.

Those interested in attending are asked to email Joy Nelson at

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