The Horry County Council held an emergency meeting Friday and declared a localized state of emergency to adopt emergency ordinances and meet public emergencies affecting life and the safety of property ahead of Hurricane Isaias.
The declaration will remain in effect for 60 days unless sooner terminated by resolution by County Council.
Also, the Horry County Emergency Management Department has moved to OPCON 2 meaning the county is now operating in a heightened state of awareness with emergency plans beginning to be implemented.
County officials have begun discussions with South Carolina Emergency Management, coastal communities including local municipalities, and will continue to monitor the situation closely.
The Horry County Emergency Operations Center is not currently activated, however, county officials will continue to keep the public aware of changes in the forecast and appropriate action will be taken as necessary.
Should the Emergency Operations Center activate, the Emergency Phone Bank will also activate at that time.
Residents should begin preparation now by:
- Surveying your property to mitigate potential flooding, such as making sure storm drains and gutters are clear of debris.
- Having family hurricane plans in place.
- Ensuring family emergency/hurricane kits are ready; including items like water, batteries, flashlights, etc.
- Continually monitoring reputable weather information sources such as local media or the National Hurricane Center for the most up to date hurricane information.
- Keeping vehicles fueled up and serviced.
- Being sure that you Know Your Zone! Go to Horry County’s website at http://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/EmergencyManagement/Hurricanes/KnowYourZone to find your zone.
- Knowing where you will evacuate if asked to.
- Making plans for pets.
Additional hurricane information can be found on Horry County’s website at www.horrycounty.org.