DuringDuring

Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be operational and able to provide information as long as the communications network remains operational.


Once Winds Reach 60 MPH

All public safety operations in the field will cease once the winds reach a sustained speed of 60 miles per hour. These conditions are too risky to the safety of law enforcement, fire, and EMS personnel. If you have a life threatening emergency, call 911; operators will be available to answer your call and to dispatch assistance as conditions permit. For non-life threatening emergencies and storm related information, however, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be operational and able to provide information as long as the communications network remains operational. Remember, waiting to leave may not only jeopardize your life but also the lives of others. Once the wind speed is below 60 miles per hour and conditions improve, public safety crews will once again respond to emergency calls.

If You Do Not Evacuate During A Hurricane

If you find yourself in a situation where you must endure the storm; below are some actions you may consider to ensure your safety.

  • Stay inside during the storm and away from windows and glass doors. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm passing over.
  • If flooding threatens your home, turn off electricity at the main breaker.
  • If you lose power, turn off major appliances such as the air conditioner and water heater to reduce damage.
  • Do not go outside to see "what the wind feels like." It is too easy to be hit by flying debris.
  • Stay tuned to your NOAA weather radio and local media outlets. Have your spare batteries close by.
  • Do not use electrical appliances, including your computer and avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies. Unplug appliances that are not necessary.
  • Stay calm, it may take several hours for the storm to pass and do not call 911 unless it is an emergency

If You Do Evacuate During A Hurricane

  • Make sure all family and friends know that you evacuated and where you evacuated too.
  • Continue to monitor television, Horry County EMD facebook/twitter and this website for updated re-entry information.
  • If you have children, talk to them about the safety of evacuating and what they see on television.

EMD - Important Phone Numbers

Important Phone Numbers

Horry County EMD
(843) 915-5150
American Red Cross (shelters)
(843) 477-0020
SCDOT
(888) 877-9151
Traffic & Road Conditions
Only activated when needed & Spanish interpreters available.
Re-entry Information
(866) 246-0133
This phone line is manned in Columbia and provides information on evacuation, shelters, damage assessments and re-entry. The number is activated once an evacuation is ordered.
SCDHEC
(843) 915-8804
Special Medical Needs Shelters

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