Notices

Mayor on Flooding Relief

April 2, 2018

Dear Fellow City of Hanahan Residents:

As your Mayor, I have deep concerns for your safety and well-being.  I hear and share your concerns about flooding and disaster-related losses in our community.  In the couple of years our residents have experienced severe losses associated with hurricanes Matthew and Irma and other flooding events.  Consequently, we at the City of Hanahan have been taking steps to help all of us reduce losses associated with flood events and to obtain discounts in flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System.   We will be providing information to you, our residents, throughout the year, as to steps you and your family should take to reduce the potential for flood and other hazard event-related losses and in the event of emergencies. Follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CityOfHanahan/ for instant access to information on hazard preparations, emergency procedures, and environmental protection.  We have a reverse 911 system that will call you on your landline, if you have one, with emergency instructions when applicable.  Please also register your e-mail address and/or cell phone number at https://cityofhanahan.com/subscribe/ for our emergency alert system, if you have not already done so, to receive important information from us to help you protect your family and property and to save money on your flood insurance.

There are several steps I urge you to take immediately to help you be better prepared for all types of disasters.  First, determine if your property is in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) by contacting your local government City of Hanahan Building and Codes Department at 843-576-5259 or on line at http://msc.fema.gov.

Also, purchase or maintain flood insurance regardless of your flood zone, as flooding can occur anywhere.  Your homeowners’ policy most likely does not cover flood losses, but flood insurance is available in Hanahan through your property insurance agent.  Contact your insurance agent today if you do not have flood insurance, as there is typically a 30-day waiting period for flood insurance to take effect, and we could have another flood event any time, and you will not be covered if you do not have flood insurance!

Obtain permits before you build. Permits are required even when the property owner does his/her own work regardless of the monetary amount.  Please comply with our community’s building code and floodplain ordinance to reduce future flood losses and protect yourselves from unintended consequences.  Please contact our Building and Codes Department (843)576-5259, if you have any questions about permit or code requirements, or need a site visit to provide technical assistance with a flooding problem. This office also maintains flood elevation certificates on properties in Hanahan for review by interested parties. We have set up an online, searchable database for elevation certificates that we have on-file. Please visit https://www.massivecert.com/hanahan-archive to see if you can locate an elevation certificate for the property first. Have a new elevation certificate? Please drop off a copy at the office and we will maintain it online for you.

Preserve wetlands, as these protect against flooding, clean the water, and provide a habitat for wildlife.  Keep ditches free of trash and yard debris preventing clogging and flooding.  Our stream dumping ordinance prohibits dumping items in the drainage system. Report drainage problems or illegal dumping in the drainage system to Berkeley County (843-719-4195) or the S.C. Department of Transportation (843-740-1655).  Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed.

Create an emergency kit with a large flashlight, battery powered radio, spare batteries and more. Go to https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1390846764394-dc08e309debe561d866b05ac84daf1ee/checklist_2014.pdf or  https://simplyflood.com/flood-publications for more details.  Listen to the media regarding hurricane season and proper preparations.  If flooding has occurred, be alert for washed-out roads and bridges.  Do not drive into flooded areas or roads.

I encourage you to take these important steps to protect yourselves, your family and your property.  The City of Hanahan is here to help you.  Please help us by making sure you receive our informational messages by providing us with contact information and following us on social media.  Thank you.

 

Sincerely,

Minnie Newman, Mayor

 

CC: John Cribb, Administrator

Larry Sturdivant, Building Official

Spring Yard Work

The Building and Codes Department wants to remind everyone about some important information as we are now in the Spring season. When performing yard work, please remember to keep ditches free of trash and yard debris. Also please make sure that trash, debris, or yard waste is not dumped or blown into a storm drain, but rather disposed of in a proper container. These measures will not only help protect the water quality, but will also help prevent storm drains and ditches from clogging and causing unnecessary flooding.

Business License Renewal 2018

 

This business license renewal notice is to all businesses located or doing business in The City of Hanahan.

When?

Business license renewal applications will be mailed by the last week of March 2018.   Business owners have until April 30, 2018 to submit payment without penalty to the Hanahan Building & Codes Department.

 Penalties

Beginning June 1, 2018, the business owner will be assessed a minimum penalty of 15 percent or 5 percent per month for each month unpaid to a maximum of 50 percent for failure to pay the license within the time herein prescribed.

Renewals postmarked June 1, 2018 or later will be assessed a penalty.

Note:  Failure to receive a renewal application Does Not relieve you

of the responsibility of paying the license fee.

Questions

If you have any questions, please contact the Hanahan Building & Codes Office at 843-576-5259 and/or visit us at 1255 Yeamans Hall Road Hanahan, SC 29410

 

Visit us online at www.cityofhanahan.com

Protecting yourself from Mosquitoes

Protecting Yourself from Mosquitoes

The Building and Codes Department wants to remind all our residents important information regarding mosquitoes as Spring will be here soon.

Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Areas

Mosquitoes breed in standing water. So, the first most important step in controlling them is to find all the places where water can accumulate on your property. You can help reduce the mosquito population around your home since some mosquitoes, such as the Asian tiger mosquito or the Southern house mosquito, typically fly only a few hundred feet from their breeding areas.

Get rid of and prevent standing water:

  • Get rid of places where adult mosquitoes can find cool, dark, and damp areas to rest by mowing the lawn, trimming shrubbery, and cutting down weeds and vines, such as ivy, in the yard and next to the house.
  • Clear out weeds, leaves, dirt, and other debris from pipes, especially those under a driveway. Make sure that water does not stand inside or near the ends of the pipe.
  • Clean out rain gutters and downspouts regularly. Clogged gutters are one of the most overlooked breeding sites for mosquitoes around homes.
  • Empty and turn over containers that hold water such as cans, jars, drums, bottles, flower pots, buckets, children’s toys, wheel barrows, old appliances, plastic sheeting or tarps used to cover objects like grills or swimming pools, etc.
  • Drain or fill any low places, such as potholes, on your property where water collects and stands for more than 5 to 7 days.
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