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Preparations Begin for Current Tropical Storm Erika – Apartment and Cottage Communication

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Apartment and Cottage Resident Communication 1: Tropical Storm Erika
Bishop Gadsden Initiates Plans for Tropical Storm Erika, As of August 27, 2015

As of Thursday afternoon, August 27, preliminary plans have begun for how Bishop Gadsden will prepare for what is currently now, Tropical Storm Erika.

Bishop Gadsden participated in a conference call today with the State of South Carolina Emergency Management Department (EMD). As a licensed care facility, Bishop Gadsden is obligated to follow EMD orders for evacuations and sheltering in place in case of an emergency.

Per that call, initial emergency preparation has begun for the coastline of South Carolina. While Bishop Gadsden will request to shelter in place should the storm be a less powerful one, we must be prepared to evacuate if we are required to do so. Therefore, at this time, please be aware of the following:

– All Apartment and Cottage Residents are encouraged to review your personal/family emergency plans. We want you to be safe and prepared should the storm come towards our coastline. Please let Kay Jenkins, Apartment and Cottage Social Services Coordinator, know if your evacuation plans or contact information has changed since June of 2015.

– If possible, residents are encouraged to begin doing any light clean-up around their patios/porches for items that could easily blow away. Should the storm begin to track closer to our coastline, Bishop Gadsden will put into place our Emergency Preparedness Plan where staff members will assist in securing larger patio/porch items.

– Residents are asked to put the Hurricane Hotline number into your cell phones or an accessible place – 1-855-STORMBG.

While Erika is far away at this point, we have to be as prepared as possible for dealing with this storm. We ask for your patience and flexibility in moving forward and certainly pray that Erika heads towards the East and far into the Atlantic.

Bishop Gadsden will have another conference call with EMD tomorrow, Friday, August 28 at 2:00 PM, whereupon another update will be released.
Contact Information:
Apartments & Cottages – 843.762.3300
Myers Hall and Arcadia Close: Jonna Cook – 843.406.6252
Read Cloister: Charge Nurse – 843.860.9101

For additional information, you can contact Bishop Gadsden at 843.762.3300 or Katie Jayne, Director of Community Life Services at 843.406.6300.

The Bishop Gadsden Hurricane Hotline is active. Updates are placed as they occur:
1-855-STORMBG

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