Wednesday, October 28, 2015

SWAT Team to visit the MUSC Children's Hospital Dressed as Superheroes

 
 
 
 
 
What:   SWAT Team Rappelling as Superheroes
Where: MUSC Children's Hospital
When:  October 29, 2015 at 2:30pm
 
The Mount Pleasant Police Department's SWAT Team will rappel down the atrium of the MUSC Children's Hospital dressed as superheroes tomorrow at 2:30pm. This will be the second year the SWAT team has organized this event.
 



Halloween Safety Tips



With Halloween coming up Saturday we wanted to give you a few tips to help keep you and
your children safe while trick or treating:

Walk Safely
*Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
*Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
*Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
*Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
*Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
*Trick or treat with an adult.
*Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe
*Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light 
colors.
*Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a 
child’s vision.
*Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
*When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween
*Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods.
*Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
*Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
*Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
*Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your 
surroundings.
*Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the
 day to spot children from greater distances.
*Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids 
during those hours.

Thank you to SafeKids for these tips! www.safekids.org

Can You Help Us Identify this Shoplifting Suspect? -UPDATED-



October 29, 2015 - This person has now been identified.



The Mount Pleasant Police Department is seeking the public's help to identify a man suspected of shoplifting from Egan Spirits located at 1909 Highway 17 North.

Anyone with information on this suspect is asked to call Pfc. Reash at 843-884-4176 or email him at GReash@tompsc.com. Those who wish to remain anonymous may submit a tip through our blog at http://www.mppdnews.blogspot.com/p/submit-tip.html or through our smartphone application 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Town of Mount Pleasant Wins Communications Award









This is a video put out by the Municipal Association of South Carolina regarding our 2015 award for the Reading Patrol Program.

Started in 1987, the program provides local government officials and employees the opportunity to receive deserved recognition for superior and innovative efforts in local government. The program also provides a forum for sharing the best public service ideas in South Carolina.

You can see all of the awards here: http://www.masc.sc/resources/achievement-awards

Friday, October 23, 2015

Fall 2015 Fitness Challenge

Fitness Competition Fall 2015





This morning we held our Fall Fitness Competition at the track next to Town Hall. Here are our winners:


Female 21-29
Hillary Stringer representing the MPFD Station 4

Male 21-29
Thad Morgan representing MPPD Team 4

Male 30-39
Bryce Gregory representing MPPD Crime Prevention

Male 40-49
Mike Johnson representing MPPD Team 4

Monday, October 19, 2015

Cops and Snacks Event

Cops and Snacks 2015


On October 16th, 2015 we collected snacks outside of Target to help stock the James B. Edwards Elementary School snack program. Today we able to deliver what we collected to the school. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and contributed to the enormous success of this snack drive!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Body Recovered


Mount Pleasant, SC – On October 14, 2015 around 8:30am officers from the Mount Pleasant Police Department responded to the Remleys Point boat landing regarding the recovery of a body. The body was located between Remleys Point and the Wando Terminal. Investigators from the Mount Pleasant Police Department are looking into the circumstances surrounding the death.

National Bullying Prevention Month



October is National Bullying Prevention Month so we want to take this opportunity to help teens resolve their differences before they escalate. Below are some tips from NetSmartz that can help teens manage their emotions and make good decisions.


STEP AWAY TO CALM DOWN.
Pick an activity that makes you feel better like taking a walk, reading a book, or listening to music.

TALK THINGS OUT WITH A FRIEND.
Call, text, or get online with someone you trust. Choose a friend who will be supportive and calm you down


PUT ON THE OTHER PERSON'S SHOES.
It can be hard to tell what people mean online. A comment you see as an insult may have been meant as a joke.


THINK ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES.
Some teens have gotten detention, been suspended, and in a few cases even been arrested for things they said online.


ASK TRUSTED ADULTS FOR HELP.
They may be able to give you good advice about how to deal with your feelings and help you talk calmly with the other person.


We will be featuring videos from NetSmartz this month to help get the conversation started about bullying/cyberbullying. Stay tuned!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Strong Armed Robbery




 

Mount Pleasant, SC – On October 9, 2015 at 9:21pm a white female entered the CVS Drug Store at 1676 Highway 17 North and demanded medication in a note passed to an employee. She is described as being in her twenties, having a pointy nose and wearing a black hoodie.

If you have any information about this suspect please call 843-884-4176 and ask for Det. P. Wilson. You can also send an anonymous tip through our blog at www.mppdnews.blogspot.com.

 

Reading Patrol - Halloween Edition

 
 
 
 
 
 
When: October 17, 2015
            11:00am to 12:00pm
 
Where: 1716 Towne Centre Way
              Barnes and Noble
 
What: Reading Patrol
 
This Saturday we will be reading "A Halloween Scare in Charleston" by Eric James and "Happy Halloween, Biscuit!" by Alyssa S. Capucilli. Kids can get their Buddy Cards signed and participate in arts and crafts. Please stop in and meet our officers and staff!

 


Friday, October 9, 2015

Senior Resource Summit

 
 
 
 
 
What: Resource Summit
 
When: October 24, 2015
            10:00am - 2:00pm
 
Where: The Mount Pleasant Senior Center
              840 Von Kolnitz Road
 
Why: Help seniors, families and caregivers plan for the future
 
 
 
10:00am - 2:00pm: Educational/Informational Exhibits
Affordable Housing
Senior Center
Home Repair/Transitions
Home Care
Hospice
Area Agency on Aging
Senior Employment/Volunteer Opportunities
Transportation Services
Insurance/Legal/Financial Services
VA Medical Center Services
Funeral Services
SMART 911
Health Screenings - Blood pressure, Cholesterol, and Gait Analysis
 
12:30pm - 2:30pm Expert Panel to Answer Questions
Geriatric Physician
Elder Law Attorney
Social Security Office
VA Medical Center
Family Services
Conservatorship
Medicaid Representative
Senior Citizen Victim Advocate
Hospital Case Worker
Trident Area Agency on Aging
Hospice Education
Funeral  Services/ Pre-planning
Lt. Governor's Office on Aging
 
 
This event is brought to you by: The Mount Pleasant Police Department, All About Seniors Resource Directory, McAlister-Smith Funeral and Cremation, Greater Charleston Chapter of National Aging in Place Council, Charleston County Probate Court and the East Cooper Community Outreach.
 
 


Traffic Alert for Sunday October 11th







SCE&G will arrive on site at 6 am with 16 lineman and 5 bucket trucks on Sunday, Oct 11th at the intersection of Coleman / Ben Sawyer and Chuck Dawley.  At 6:30am, once two police cars block Coleman Blvd in each direction, SCE&G will block the yield turn lane from Chuck Dawley onto Coleman.  Once all traffic has stopped, SGE&G will cut down the span of wire that crosses Coleman Blvd, near Ace Hardware.

Immediately after that, SCE&G will cut down the span that crosses Russell Drive. This should take no longer than 30 minutes.

Cops and Snacks Event



What: Cops and Snacks Event

When: October 16, 2015
            10:00am to 3:00pm

Where: 1300 Long Grove Drive - Target

Why: To benefit the James B. Edwards Elementary School Snack Program


We will be taking snack donations to help James B. Edwards with their school snack program. Stop by and drop off any unopened snacks to help children enrolled in this program. The school currently goes through about 600 snacks a month and can use your help!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

SITUATIONAL AWARENESS SYMPOSIUM FOR HOUSES OF WORSHIP


David A. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in South Carolina, advises on October 12, 2015, the Columbia Field Office will hold a Situational Awareness symposium at Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, Charleston, South Carolina from 7pm to 9pm.
In the wake of the recent tragedy in Charleston the FBI began hosting these symposiums specifically for houses of worship throughout South Carolina. The FBI has conducted similar symposiums in Aiken, Greenville, Columbia, and Conway.

The FBI encourages all clergy and layperson leadership from houses of worship in Charleston and surrounding communities to attend this event. The FBI will provide the latest information and share lessons learned in an effort to assist houses of worship and hopefully mitigate these potential emergencies.

Topics to be covered include: who is an active shooter and pre-incident behavioral indicators; dealing with the national news; supporting victims, including families and the officers involved; crisis management; and use of IEDs by active shooters.
Inquiries about attendance should be directed to Ms. Denise M. Taiste, Public Affairs Specialist, Community Relations Unit, at 803.551.4352 or by email at denise.taiste@ic.fbi.gov.

SC Emergency Management Division Press Release


South Carolina Storm Survivors Urged To Register For Disaster Assistance

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the recent flooding in South Carolina can now register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster assistance.

 The presidential disaster declaration makes federal assistance available to eligible individuals and business owners in Berkeley, Charleston, Clarendon, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter and Williamsburg counties.

Survivors in the designated South Carolina counties can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov. Applicants may also call 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. If you use Video Relay Services, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 24 hours a day until further notice. Multilingual operators are available.

Assistance can include money for temporary housing and essential home repairs, and for other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses or funeral and burial costs. Low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration may also be available to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance.

 South Carolina survivors should register with FEMA even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but under-insured applicants may receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.

 For questions about flood insurance, National Flood Insurance Program policyholders can call 800-621-3362, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice.

Registering with FEMA is required for federal aid, even if a survivor has registered with another disaster-relief organization. FEMA registrants must use the name that appears on their Social Security card.

 
Applicants will be asked for the following information:

  •  Social Security number
  • Address of the damaged home or apartment
  • Description of the damage
  • Information about insurance coverage
  • A current contact telephone number
  • An address where they can receive mail
  • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds

 

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

 

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

 

FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Operations Update

 
 
  •  We received 24 inches of rain.
  •  Please stay inside if you don't have to travel.
  •  Storm water systems in Mount Pleasant held up so flooding is minimal.
  •  Mount Pleasant government has moved from response to damage assessment.
  •  Expect government offices to be open tomorrow.
  • We will be collecting trash and garbage today.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Press Release from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division

DHEC warning concerning floodwater dangers

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Saturday, October 3, 2015, 4:30 p.m.) – South Carolinas are cautioned about wading or playing in floodwaters resulting from the heavy rainfall in the state.

“We strongly warn residents to stay away from floodwaters and, to reduce the risk of infections and traumatic injuries including drowning, don’t swim, play or boat in the water,” said Jamie Blair, deputy director of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Office of Public Health Preparedness. “Water from flooding can carry viruses, bacteria, chemicals and other physical items picked up as it moves through storm water systems, across industrial sites, yards, roads and parking lots. These threats can cause serious illness and injury and should be avoided if at all possible.”
Blair offered specific tips for preventing illness and injury resulting from flooding, including:
  • Prevent children from playing in flooded areas. Rapidly rushing floodwaters pose a high risk for drowning.
  • Keep children from playing with toys that have been contaminated by floodwater until the toys can be cleaned/disinfected.
  • Wash children's hands frequently and always before meals.
  • Take care to protect open wounds from floodwaters.

Blair says flooding can also create situations in which animals, reptiles and insects can be more likely to come in contact with humans, resulting in bites and stings. If you have a reason that you must enter the floodwaters, be alert and try to avoid coming into contact.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Press Release


Mount Pleasant, SC – On October 1, 2015 at 3:59pm the Mount Pleasant Police Department responded to a three car collision on Coleman Boulevard at Mill Street. A vehicle was heading south on Coleman Blvd. when it struck a vehicle waiting to turn left onto Mill St.  The same vehicle that struck the first car then continued through the intersection and struck another vehicle head on that was heading north on Coleman Blvd. One person was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

If anyone was a witness to this collision or has any information about what happened you are asked to call Sgt. Kim Herring at 843-884-4176. This collision is still under investigation.