Hurricane Journal and Resources

Another year, another hurricane season. Those of us that have lived here a while have become well acquainted with the season and everything that comes with the news. For newcomers and those looking for new resources, I’ve put together a hurricane journal of my personal experience, most recently with Hurricane Florence and information you might find useful this year and into the next.

Emily’s Hurricane Florence Journal

Sunday, September 9
It’s the first Carolina Panthers game of the year! We go to a friend’s kick off party, take a walk to the marsh during halftime, and chat about how we’re likely not leaving for the storm they’re warning about, unless it’s a category 4 or higher.

Monday, September 10
Our friends are coming to visit from out of town this week, so we’re preparing for their visit, doing laundry, and working a regular schedule, when all of a sudden, phones start blaring. The governor has called for a mandatory evacuation order beginning tomorrow at noon. Work gets put on hold to start preparing the home for the hurricane; bring everything inside from outside, put the trash bin, recycle bin, and wheelbarrow in the garage. Call contractor about boarding up windows with the hurricane shutters (re: plywood). Put together and send a list of resources (below) to clients. Finally, take a video of the interior of our home and all our belongings, for insurance purposes.

Tuesday, September 11
Hit the road early with my son and dog, before the interstate reversal. The song “How Bizarre” starts playing on the radio and I think, yes indeed. Leave my husband, a 30 year Lowcountry resident, behind to finish up items around the house and coordinate with his mom and grandfather, a Hurricane Katrina survivor, to get them on the road with us to my dad’s house in Asheville, NC. Made sure to leave a key with our new neighbors that moved in last week, since they say they’re sticking around. “Hi, nice to meet you. Here’s a key to my home.” Contractor shows up to put up plywood after we’ve all left, so I luckily have an app on my phone to open the garage door for access to hurricane shutters. Begin to receive texts from friends with concern, as many of them have been through hurricanes themselves.

Wednesday, September 12
Wake up with the entire family safe and sound in Asheville. Eat some pancakes, make some phone calls. Supposed to have home inspection today that has been rescheduled to next Tuesday. Will there be a house to inspect next Tuesday?

Thursday, September 13
Bagels instead of pancakes today. My son and dog are thriving, as I’m starting to get a little cabin fever and feeling the uncertainty of the storm’s challenges. My client calls me from New Jersey that has a home closing on Johns Island next week. “Everything ok?”. I call the builder and he’s prepared to protect the home. Will the closing happen?

Friday, September 14
Finally decide to check in on the news and make some decisions about a return home, as the storm doesn’t look as bad for Charleston as it did originally. So incredibly thankful. If the worst of the storm is coming on Saturday in Charleston and Sunday in Asheville, do I go ahead and drive home today to make it for my final walk through for Monday, so we can close on the home on Tuesday?

Saturday, September 15
Decided to stay a little longer and hedge my bets on leaving late night on Sunday. We previously had plans to visit my hometown the following weekend, so my husband decides to stay in Asheville with our son for the week and work remotely, until I’m able to make it back after work. I continue to check on friends and clients that stayed around, as they report minimal rain and a few branches on the ground. My friends even FaceTime me to drive by our old neighborhood and check on one of our homes.

Sunday, September 16
The time has come. Asheville is getting the rain this evening, so my mother-in-law and her father hit the road back to Charleston to get him settled in his home. Time to message the contractor to remove the hurricane shutters. I wait to put my son to bed in Asheville and brave two out of four hours of nighttime rain as I come down the mountain from North Carolina to South Carolina with my dog in tow. We arrive tired, but happy to be in our home, almost as we left it.

Monday, September 17
Wake up early, unable to sleep and begin to put the house back together and everything back outside. The city feels calm as I drive to the final walk through of the new home closing tomorrow and prepare for another home inspection. You can still see the hurricane shutters on some windows and feel the relief of those you encounter throughout the day that we didn’t get the worst of it- this time.

Our family in Asheville, NC in 2018 for Hurricane Florence (L to R: My husband, Trevor, his grandfather, Richard, my mother-in-law Phyllis, my dad Barry and his wife Pam, my son Grant)

Our family in Asheville, NC in 2018 for Hurricane Florence (L to R: My husband, Trevor, his grandfather, Richard, my mother-in-law Phyllis, my dad Barry and his wife Pam, my son Grant)

Tracking the Storm & Other Resources:
SC Emergency App
SC Hurricane Guide
Enki Research
Evacuation Zone/ Plan
Waze App
Disaster Supply Kit Checklist
Emergency Communication Plan
AirBnB Open Homes
Post Storm Resources

Packing List (a slight parody)
Wedding vows
Photo albums
Pet records
Waterproof map
Flood policy declaration page
Insurance info contact
Extra chargers
Water in growlers


I think it’s important to remember that those of us that leave with an impending storm and those of us that stay, all have ours reasons. Maybe your grandfather stays in an assisted living home that closes with the mandatory evacuation, so you have to find new housing or your grandfather isn’t able to travel in the car for long periods of time, so you stay behind. Maybe the cost of evacuating is too much of a financial struggle. Think about the cost of gas, lodging, and missed work. Luckily, our state does provide resources in those times of need. Small businesses suffer as our community flees away from town. Luckily, Explore Charleston and Lowcountry Local First worked diligently on social media to share what businesses were open during the storm and shortly after. Any way you look at it, we all have our reasoning and personal experience to build on from storms past and present. I don’t think it’s fair to assume people are being cavalier. Critical thinking is key.

Stay safe, Lowcountry friends!

Our family in Asheville, NC in 2016 for Hurricane Matthew (I gave birth to my son, Grant, 3 days later).

Our family in Asheville, NC in 2016 for Hurricane Matthew (I gave birth to my son, Grant, 3 days later).

Lowcountry Job Hunting

Whether you're a Charleston native, looking for a change in workplace scenery or new to town and looking for a job opportunity, this post is for you. This overview of job hunting in the Lowcountry is a pathway to a fresh start.

Overall tips:

Charleston is ultimately still a small town. Networking can get you far in finding connections to jobs that might interest you. It never hurts to meet new people or connect with people you maybe haven't seen in the years since you were in your previous workplace role. The new, every day Charleston newsletter, Chs Today, sends out daily networking suggestions, like the Lowcountry Local First Mixer or East Cooper Networking. We'd even suggest joining a social sports league, Meet-Up, or volunteering around town.

Even in the age of email, texts, and networking, Resumes and Cover Letters are relevant. Some tips and tricks here. 

This summer, National Career Fairs is hosting a Charleston Career Fair, free for job seekers. You could also set up a Google alert to be notified when a new search with the words "Charleston job fair" or "Charleston career fair" become available. 

If you're on Instagram, they now allow you to follow hashtags. Check out #chsjobs and #charlestonjobs for a start.

Photo via @chstoday

Some of our largest and most known local employers and links to their career sites:
Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
Roper St. Francis Hospital
East Cooper Medical Center
Charleston County School District
Charleston County Parks & Recreation
Charleston County Public Library
City of North Charleston
Town of Mt. Pleasant
Berkeley County Government
College of Charleston
Trident Technical College
The Citadel
South Carolina State Ports Authority

Local and national employment sites:
Lowcountry Classifieds
Digital Corridor
Simply Hired
Glass Door
Facebook (yes, they've even jumped on board!)

Contract work:

Non-profit specific job listings:
Together SC

(the use of home computers, telephones, etc, to enable a person to work from home or in a shared office space while maintaining contact with colleagues, customers, or a central office)
Local Works
Work Nest

This post has been a long time coming, packed full of useful information, but we would love to hear your feedback, as well. What did you find as your best resource when you were job hunting in the Lowcountry? Do we need to expand on any details of continuing the search?

Ultimately, we hope you find something fulfilling, challenging, and FUN and we believe there are plenty of opportunities for that in Charleston.

Updated 3/7/18:
Center for Women, Ready 4 Work program

Buy Local Block Party 2016- Meet the Vendors

It's hard for us to believe that it's been a year since we hosted the Buy Local Block Party with Lowcountry Local First. This year, their amazing staff and planning volunteers have curated the vendors on their own and have given us a sneak peak into what's to come. See below for all the important details:

The Buy Local Block Party brings community members and local merchants together for a one-of-a-kind fundraiser and social event that highlights locally-owned, independent businesses with live music, local artists, indie retailers, farm stand, kids activities, and of course LOCAL food, beverages and beer garden. Just in time for all your holiday shopping, we're curating 40+ vendors featuring local makers, artists, and craftspeople, celebrating the great things that are made, produced and grown in the Lowcountry.

Buy Local Block Party
Saturday, November 12
1630 Meeting Street, 29405
Photos from last year's fun


  • Bring Cash – Just in case. Many of the vendors accept cards, but sometimes the wi-fi connection runs slow. 
  • Come Hungry – LLF will have plenty of food and drink available from various local vendors along with a local farm stand hosted by LLF's Growing New Farmers program and Lowcountry Street Grocery
  • Pace Yourself – Shop for yourself, or pick up some great gifts for the holidays, with items unique to Charleston that are truly one-of-a-kind finds.
  • Take a Business Card – Most of the vendors have shops online, so be sure to grab their business cards in case you would like a different item, size, shape, color, etc. They may have additional goods online or be open to custom orders.
  • Tickets- Buy ahead of time or pick up day of for $10. Kids 12 and under are free.
  • RSVP- Check out the Facebook event page to stay up-to-date on all the details.


Breton Trading Co.
Ansley Elizabeth Designs
Fiber Art Workshop
Laura Jane Louise Designs
Nostalgic Graphic Tees
LeBon Designs
A Frock To Remember Vintage
Supermassive Textiles
Queenly Artistry
Sawdust Wood Co.
Inspired by Stephanie Rose
So Twisted Up
Surcee Jewelry
SheSells Candles
Hemming Birds
Red Rose Vintage
Mad Made Metals
Charleston Map Jewelry
The Spice and The Spoon
Moon Bath Botanicals
pH reclaimed
Origin Acres
The Contents Co.
Alison Brynn Ross Illustration & Design
Hunter Brookes
Bulls Bay Saltworks
Sea+Stone Jewelry
On A Wire Handmade Jewelry
J. Stark
Olinda Olives and Olive Oil
Pure Fluff Co.
Burnt and Salty
Brooke Wilder Atelier
JoJo Rings
The Vinyl Countdown
Mantras in Bloom
Miss Maddies
8 Petals Design


(L to R): Ansley Elizabeth Designs, Fiber Art Workshop, Laura Jane Louise Designs, Nostalgic Graphic Tees, Tremundo, LeBon Designs, A Frock To Remember Vintage, Supermassive Textiles, circa1910


(L to R): Queenly Artistry, Sawdust Wood Co., Inspired by Stephanie Rose, So Twisted Up, Surcee Jewelry, SheSells Candles, Hemming Birds, Red Rose Vintage, Mad Made Metals


(L to R): bareforms, Charleston Map Jewelry, The Spice and The Spoon, Moon Bath Botanicals, pH reclaimed, The Contents Co., Alison Brynn Ross Illustration & Design, JUST WATCH ME, Hunter Brookes


(L to R): Bulls Bay Saltworks, Sea+Stone Jewelry, On A Wire Handmade Jewelry, J. Stark, Olinda Olives and Olive Oil, Pure Fluff Co., Burnt and Salty, Brooke Wilder Atelier, JoJo Rings

(L to R): The Vinyl Countdown, Miss Maddies, 8 Petals Design

(L to R): The Vinyl Countdown, Miss Maddies, 8 Petals Design

What vendor are you most looking forward to? How do you like to Buy Local in Charleston?

Buy Local Block Party- Meet the Vendors

We are excited to host the vendors for Lowcountry Local First's (LLF) Buy Local Block Party on Saturday, November 21. In preparation for this exciting event,  we're here to share a few tips that we've learned from many markets past and introduce a few of our vendors.


  • Bring Cash – This is a “just in case” tip. Many of the vendors accept cards, but sometimes the internet may run slow. Bring a little cash, so you don’t have to leave your one-of-a-kind at the market.
  • Come Hungry – LLF has lined up a number of food trucks along with several sweet treats! Roadside Seafood, Roti Rolls, Dashi, Crave Kitchen’s Mac Daddy Food Truck, Zombie Bob’s, Platia, Dulce, and King of Pops just to name a few!
  • Pace Yourself – Shop for yourself, or pick up some great gifts for the holidays, with items unique to Charleston that are truly one-of-a-kind finds.
  • Take a Business Card – Most of the vendors have shops online, so be sure to grab their business cards in case you would like a different item, size, shape, color, etc. They may have additional goods online or be open to custom orders.
  • NEW THIS YEAR: an all local farm market stand!
    The stand will feature produce grown by the Lowcountry’s next generation of farmers and food system leaders. Participants of our Growing New Farmers Sustainable Agriculture Certificate Program have been working hard to produce a variety of products and will be at the Block Party selling the (literal) fruits of their labor. It will showcase a variety of fall crops grown at our Dirt Works Incubator Farm on Johns Island, including Rooting Down FarmsCompost in My Shoe, and Spade and Clover Gardens! Spread the word and come ready to support your local farmers!

Since we are teaming up with LLF on this one, there will be an admission fee. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased here or $15 at the gate.

Now a sneak peek into our fabulous lineup of vendors! Start making your list. Here are a few of the vendors that will be showing on November 21st!

8 Petals Designs
Alison Brynn Ross Illustration & Design
Art Board Co.
Austin Grace Smith
be More Heart
Breton Trading Co.
Brinko Ties
Bulls Bay Saltworks
The Cake Farmer
Charleston Crafts Cooperative
Charleston Fish Company
Fiber Art Workshop
Fisher Recycling
Hemming Birds Boutique
Hermosa Jewelry
Ink Meets Paper
Itinerant Literate Books
J. Stark- Starkmade
Kendal Leonard Designs
KLO Apparel
Knotty Cards
The Artwork of Kristen Solecki
Lauren Amos Designs
Laura Jane Louise Designs
Modern South Design
MoonBath Botanicals
Old Whaling Company
pH Reclaimed
Plum Hill Paddles
Pure Fluff Co.
Seersucker Appreciation Club
SheSells Candles
So Twisted Up
Southern Smoke Cigars
Stephanie Rose Designs

A favorite of ours... Kristen Solecki's portrait of Emily's house! 

A favorite of ours... Kristen Solecki's portrait of Emily's house! 

We know you're looking forward to November 21st as much as we are, now! 

Buy Local Block Party
w/ Vendors curated by The Lowcountry Artist Market
1630 Meeting Street, 29405
Saturday, November 21 from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
RSVP on Facebook


The Lowcountry Artist Market

Approximately five years ago our friend, Kristen Gastaldo, started something amazing in the Lowcountry. At the time, she was General Manager at the Music Farm which on a Thursday night might have been rocking with Trombone Shorty, but Sunday hosted St. Andrews City Church. So, why couldn't Saturday afternoon host a local market for artisans? Kristen's idea was realized with the Lowcountry Artist Market and went on to produce 13 markets at the Music Farm since 2010.

With Kristen now living in the UK, she decided to hand the Lowcountry Artist Market over to us to help continue the great resource she started for local artisans and crafters.  For our first endeavor, we've teamed up with Lowcountry Local First for the Buy Local Block Party to be held on Saturday, November 21. We'll share another post closer to the market date, but we wanted to shout it from the rooftops that the Lowcountry Artist Market is back and ready to fulfill your local shopping needs just before the holidays! We look forward to more dates in 2016 and continuing to support the 'Buy Local' movement.

Vendors interested in applying to share their craft at the Buy Local Party can apply here. All goods must be handmade or vintage. 

Contact LAM:

Past market finds and photos: