As of 1:00pm on Friday, September 8th, the City of Aiken Emergency Operations can provide the following updates:
- All Public Safety personnel have been put on recall notice beginning on Sunday at 6:00pm.
- Aiken Department of Public Safety and the City of Aiken do not monitor social media for emergencies. If you experience an emergency or need assistance during the storm, please dial 911. Non-emergency and general questions and issues can be directed to 211. For other non-emergency issues, dial the ADPS dispatch center at 803-642-7620.
- Emergency personnel are awaiting more refined forecasts over the coming 48-hour period as Irma nears a predicted Florida landfall
- Current projections indicate hurricane-force winds will be confined below Interstate 26, and the Aiken area may experience tropical storm-force winds beginning between 8:00pm Sunday and 8:00am Monday.
- Aiken County is not presently on the list for primary shelters for coastal evacuation. Officials presently plan on leaving area shelters, when opened, for area citizens. Announcements on shelter openings will be forthcoming in the next 24 hours.
- Shelter opening announcement expected early Saturday with South Aiken High School being the primary area shelter.
- Bring bedding to shelters. Shelter will have facilities for pets.
- Current forecast: Expected rainfall totals remain 4″ to 7″, localized flooding. Power outages are still considered a very real possibility for the area.
- For those who need assistance with animals: http://acgis-agol.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=63f7flc35fdb447e972fc4adc4c1fc3e
This page will be updated if and when developments are announced.