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Horry County to Host MYR 2016 Full Scale Exercise

Conway, South Carolina – The Myrtle Beach International Airport will host a public safety exercise called MYR 2016 Full Scale Exercise on Saturday, December 3, 2016, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. The exercise will take place in and around the airport property as well as the Myrtle Beach General Aviation Terminal.
 
The MYR 2016 Full Scale Exercise is a full-scale exercise designed to train and assess the airport’s ability to respond to a mass casualty/fatality incident and to coordinate and integrate multi-agency and multi-discipline assets from local, state and federal agencies that would likely provide support and assistance in a large scale incident. Participating agencies include the following: Horry County Department of Airports, Horry County Emergency Management, Horry County Police, Horry County Fire/Rescue, Horry County E911 Dispatch, Horry County Sheriff’s Office, Horry County Coroner’s Office, Myrtle Beach Fire Department, and Myrtle Beach Police Department. 
 
The public will see an influx of public safety vehicles and personnel in and around the airport.  The exercise will not impact the public’s day-to-day operations at the airport or access in those locations. 
 
The scenario for the exercise is a commercial airliner crashing on approach to Myrtle Beach International Airport. There will be numerous casualties and fatalities. The debris field will be contained entirely within the security fence at the Myrtle Beach International Airport. The exercise will take place in the first 24-hours after the crash.   The community should be advised there is no need for concern.
 
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires all FAR Part 139 airports to conduct a full-scale emergency exercise every three-years and tabletop exercise every year to maintain the response effectiveness of each agency involved. This exercise will satisfy the triennial requirement.  
 
For more information regarding MYR 2016 Full Scale Exercise, please call the Horry County Department of Airports at (843) 353-1431.
 



Horry County MYR 2016 Full Scale Exercise Cancelled

Conway, South Carolina – The Myrtle Beach International Airport public safety exercise (MYR 2016 Full Scale Exercise) scheduled for Saturday, October 8, 2016, has been cancelled due to the Hurricane Matthew.  The exercise will be rescheduled at a later date yet to be determined. 
 
For more information, please contact the Horry County Department of Airports at (843) 448-1580.
 



Horry County to Host MYR 2016 Full Scale Exercise

Conway, South Carolina – The Myrtle Beach International Airport will host a public safety exercise called MYR 2016 Full Scale Exercise on Saturday, October 8 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The exercise will take place in and around the airport property as well as the Myrtle Beach General Aviation Terminal.

MYR 2016 Full Scale Exercise is a full-scale exercise designed to train and assess the airport’s ability to respond to a mass casualty/ fatality incident and to coordinate and integrate multi-agency and multi-discipline assets from local, state and federal agencies that would likely provide support and assistance in a large scale incident. Participating agencies include the following: Horry County Department of Airports, Horry County Emergency Management, Horry County Police, Horry County Fire/Rescue, Horry County E911 Dispatch, Horry County Sheriff’s Office, Horry County Coroner’s Office, Myrtle Beach Fire Department, and Myrtle Beach Police Department.

The public will see an influx of public safety vehicles and personnel in and around the airport.  The exercise will not impact the public’s day-to-day operations at the airport or access in those locations.

The scenario for the exercise is a commercial airliner crashing on approach to Myrtle Beach International Airport. There will be numerous casualties and fatalities. The debris field encompasses an area in both Horry and Georgetown Counties. The exercise will take place in the first 24-hours after the crash.   The community should be advised there is no need for concern.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires all FAR Part 139 airports to conduct a full-scale emergency exercise every three-years and tabletop exercise every other year to maintain the response effectiveness of each agency involved. This exercise will satisfy the triennial requirement. 

For more information regarding MYR 2016 Full Scale Exercise, please call the Horry County Department of Airports at (843) 448-1580.



Myrtle Beach International Airport TSA Pre✓® Local Enrollment Event

The Event:                  Myrtle Beach International Airport 

Date:                           September 12, 2016 through September 16, 2016        

                                    Monday through Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Thursday through Friday 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location:                     Pre-security, Business Center, lower level behind the Boardwalk Café.            

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - Myrtle Beach International Airport invites passengers to enroll in the popular TSA Pre✓® expedited screening program, Monday, September 12, 2016 through Friday, September 16, 2016.

TSA Pre✓® is an expedited screening program that enables identified low-risk air travelers to enjoy a smart and more efficient screening experience. For TSA Pre✓® travelers, there is no need to remove shoes, 3-1-1 liquids, laptops, light outerwear or belts. Today, TSA Pre✓® has more than 450 lanes at 167 U.S. airports. Participating airlines can be located at TSA.gov.

Applying for the TSA Pre✓® through this local enrollment event is easy.  First, we encourage applicants to pre-enroll ahead of time by simply clicking here.  Select “Pre-Enroll”. Then select “Apply Now” and fill out steps 1 through 7. Once you arrive at step 8, type in your location “Myrtle Beach” and then be sure to choose  ”Myrtle Beach International Airport.” Choose Next, at the bottom of the screen. Step 9 is where you can select an appointment time (the first available shows, but you can use the drop down to choose a different date and/or time).

IMPORTANT! To complete the application process, you will need to bring proof of identity and U.S. citizen documentation (such as a U.S. Passport or a birth certificate and a driver license). If you have a valid U.S. passport, that is all you need for ID! Please visit TSA.gov for a complete list of required documents. 

The application process is completed on site where we capture fingerprints for a background check and collect the $85 application for five years of service.  The fee can be paid by credit card, money order, company check, or certified/cashier's check. Cash and personal checks are not accepted.

Enroll in TSA Pre✔® today and begin to enjoy the fewer travel hassles of an expedited security screening program that helps take the stress out of travel. 



Airport Director Apone Resigns to Take Position in Kentucky

Conway, South Carolina— After serving as director of the Horry County Department of Airports since February 8, 2014, Director Pat Apone has chosen to take a position with the Louisville Regional Airport Authority.  Prior to being director, Ms. Apone was made the assistant director in September of 2011 and began her career with Horry County in the Finance Department in November of 1997.

“Though I understand what a great opportunity this is for Pat professionally, I hate to see her leave,” stated Chris Eldridge, Horry County Administrator.  “A lot was accomplished during Pat’s tenure with the Horry County Department of Airports; from the completion of the new terminal to resurfacing the airport’s lone runway.  Pat Apone always tackled her job with pride and professionalism.  I wish her well in this new challenge.”
 
Current Assistant Airport Director Scott VanMoppes will act as Interim Airport Director.  Horry County will initiate the recruitment process for a new airport director immediately.
 



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