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Hurricane Irma Update: Horry County Continues to Monitor Hurricane Irma

Date: 8 September 2017

Time: 4 p.m.

Conway, South Carolina – Even though Hurricane Irma’s track has shifted, Horry County Government will closely monitor the storm over the weekend and is in continuous conversations with the National Weather Service and state officials. Horry County remains at OPCON 4 which means that Hurricane Irma still poses a potential threat to Horry County. The Horry County Emergency Operations Center is NOT open at this time.

With its current track, Horry County can expect to see up to five inches of rain, minor coastal flooding and rough surf with possible rip currents. There is also an elevated chance of tornadoes late Sunday into early Monday morning. Low lying and flood prone areas could be in jeopardy of seeing some level of overflow.

In anticipation of possible effects on Horry County from the tropical system, the National Weather Service has issued warnings of high rip current risk along Horry County’s beaches. This means that the surf is dangerous to all levels of swimmers. All beach goers are urged to heed the advice of lifeguards. Additional safety tips include:

  • Never swim alone.
  • If in doubt, don’t go out!
  • If caught in a rip current, stay calm. Don’t try to swim against the current! You can escape it by swimming in a direction following the shoreline or towards breaking waves, then at an angle towards the beach. 

Additional swimming safety information can be found on the National Weather Service website.

Residents of Horry County should plan to have all hurricane preparation completed by midday Saturday in the event that this tropical system’s track changes. Citizens should stay tuned to local media or the National Hurricane Center for the most up to date hurricane location information.

Additional hurricane information can be found on Horry County’s website

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Hurricane Irma Update: Horry County To Remain At OPCON 4

Date: 8 September 2017

Time: 7:30 a.m.

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County remains at Operating Condition 4 (OPCON) this morning however, county staff will continue conversations with state officials. OPCON 4 means that Hurricane Irma still poses a potential threat to Horry County.

Hurricane Irma’s track is still uncertain however citizens should continue to monitor this dangerous system. Citizens should be finishing up preparations today and tomorrow should the storm change track. The following are steps to take to prepare:

  • Survey the property to mitigate any potential for flooding such as making sure storm drains and gutters are clear of debris.
  • Have their family hurricane plans in place.
  • Have family emergency/hurricane kit ready; including items like water, batteries, flashlights, etc.
  • Monitor reputable weather information such as local media or the National Hurricane Center for the most up to date hurricane information.
  • Be sure vehicles are fueled up and serviced.
  • Know your zone! Go to Horry County’s website to find your zone.
  • If you are in an evacuation zone, know where you will go.
  • Don’t forget to make plans for your pets.

Additional hurricane information can be found on Horry County’s website at www.horrycounty.org.

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Horry County Operating Condition (OPCON) Levels

OPCON 5: Normal day to day operations

OPCON 4: Storm poses possible threat: The possibility of an emergency or disaster situation that may require activation of the Emergency Operation Center (EOC).

OPCON 3: Storm poses significant threat: A disaster or emergency situation is likely. Most likely the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) has been or will be activated (either partially or fully based on the severity of the event).

OPCON 2: Evacuation order imminent: A disaster or emergency situation is imminent or in effect.

OPCON 1: Evacuation order issued: A major disaster or emergency is in effect. This is the highest state of emergency situation and the Emergency Operations Center is fully activated.  This also applies to post disaster operations.

 



Know Your Zone Indicator Signs

 

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Emergency Management Department will enhance its Know Your Zone campaign initiative by adding evacuation zone signs throughout respective areas of the County.

The signs will be added to existing Horry County street signs in evacuation zone areas, located within unincorporated areas of Horry County.

The signs indicate evacuation zones A, B and C by color with red representing Zone A, the color yellow representing Zone B and the color orange representing Zone C. The indicators measure approximately 9 inches by 9 inches.

The multi-year project will involve distribution of the evacuation zone signs in phases. The first phase will focus on transition sections between evacuation zone areas.

Following Hurricane Matthew, Horry County residents requested clarification of evacuation zone areas. The fixed signage will indicate evacuation zone areas for citizens who reside and work in the respective sections.

Evacuation Zone A: All areas east of U.S. Business 17 (Kings Highway), up to U.S. 17 intersection and all areas east of U.S. 17 to the Northern county line.

Evacuation Zone B: All areas south of Highway 707 and Longwood Drive, including all areas in Longwood Plantation (Blackmoor) to the Waccamaw River and all areas between Highway 17 and Highway 17 Business.

Evacuation Zone C: All areas between Highway 701 and Highway 544, south of Browns Chapel Avenue and Highway 814, plus all areas east of Highway 31 (Carolina Bays Parkway) to Highway 90 and all areas east of Highway 90 to the county line.

Know Your Zone is a public education campaign to inform the citizens and visitors of Horry County of the hurricane evacuation zones and the vulnerability to storm surge.

The Know Your Zone campaign was developed as a result of the information contained in the South Carolina Hurricane Evacuation Study (HES) for the Northern Conglomerate that was released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in 2012. The campaign also reflects the National Hurricane Center’s (NHC) decision to separate the association of storm surge inundation from the category of storm.

For information on evacuation, reentry, storm preparation and more, visit Horry County Emergency Management online.

For more information on the Know Your Zone campaign initiative, click HERE.

 

 



Hurricane Matthew Update: County Prepares for Possible Coastal Evacuation

Date: October 4, 2016

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Conway, South Carolina – South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley urged coastal counties to prepare for a possible evacuation to include Horry County.  This evacuation order could go into effect Wednesday, October 5, 2016, and would include Horry County Zone A only. Zone A includes all areas east of U.S. Business 17 (Kings Hwy), up to the intersection with U.S. 17 (Kings Hwy) and all areas east of US 17 (Kings Hwy) to the Northern county line.  In addition, evacuations include all low-lying areas, mobile homes, and campground sites.

Horry County does not anticipate the need for lane reversals on Hwy. 501, but is prepared to implement the reversals if needed.

The Horry County Emergency Operations Center will open at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, to support the possible evacuation.

American Red Cross shelters are prepared to open tomorrow for individuals who must evacuate.  Please see the shelter list and evacuation route list below.  Individuals are reminded to secure their property BEFORE they evacuate.  Shelters should be considered as a place of last resort to ride out the storm, shelters may be crowded, they do not accept pets and not designed for comfort.  When going to a shelter, citizens will need to take their own supplies such as batteries, bedding, identification, toiletries, clothing, etc…Shelters do not accept guns, alcohol or animals.

Once the Governor rescinds an evacuation order, Horry County Emergency Management will activate the Re-Entry Plan.  Re-entry will occur in phases beginning with Level 1 access into the impacted areas.  Municipalities may enforce their own identification procedures at checkpoints if deemed necessary.

Level 1

All public officials and personnel having key roles in life safety and the restoration of critical services after a disaster will be permitted to access the impacted area.  All Level 1 personnel will be required to present and wear in full view an authorized employee identification badge.  No personal vehicles will be permitted to enter impacted areas during Level 1 access, except governmental personal reporting for official business.

Level 2

This allows for reentry of critical support groups, relief workers, South Carolina Law Enforcement certified security officers, healthcare personnel, business owners/essential staff, insurance adjusters and any other person(s) authorized by the jurisdiction to provide services or reduce economic loss.  All Level 2 personnel will be required to present and wear an authorized employee identification badge at checkpoints.

Level 3

Residents and business operators will have access to areas that have been deemed safe by the authority having jurisdiction.  When possible, every effort should be made to safely assist these persons to their property if access is limited.  All residents and business operations must show proper identification to enter an impacted area.  Residents with special needs will be assisted back into their dwellings once sufficient support services are available to assist.

Re-Entry for Residents & Property Owners

  • Residents should have proper identification to gain admittance.  Identification may include a valid government issued photo ID card showing the location of the property.  Out of state property owners with residential or commercial properties within the affected area(s) must show a valid government issued photo identification and current documentation to verify the need for re-entry such as a utility bill, deed, property tax notice, etc…

Re-Entry for Business Owners & Essential Employees

  • Business owners/operators will need proper identification to gain admittance to impacted areas such as a current business license, company photo ID card, lease documents or other official documents showing the location of the property and a valid government issued ID card.
  • Essential staff/employees will also need proper identification such as a valid business or government issued ID card and an essential employee authorization letter on official company letterhead provided by the business.  This letter should include a request for admittance, the employees’ name and be signed by the business owner/operator.

The forecast for Hurricane Matthew may change as the storm gets closer to the coast, residents are strongly urged to monitor local news for the most up-to-date information.  In addition, citizens should survey their property to make sure outside objects are secured. It is also recommended that you review your hurricane plans now.

Additional hurricane information can be found on Horry County’s website. This link contains information on how to prepare for an emergency, evacuation routes and maps, re-entry information, shelters, etc.  Horry County Emergency Management can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

HORRY COUNTY EVACUATION ROUTES

 

  • North Myrtle Beach and northward: Evacuees from north of Briarcliffe Acres will take SC 9 north to I-95 and beyond.
  • Briarcliffe Acres south to Myrtle Beach 10th Avenue North: Evacuees in Briarcliffe Acres south to 10th Avenue North will take SC 22 (Conway Bypass) to US 501 to Marion.  In Marion, they may then take US 76 to Florence to access I-95 southbound or they may stay on US 501 to SC 38 to access I-95 northbound.
  • Myrtle Beach, from 10th Avenue North south to the Myrtle Beach International Airport: Evacuees from the Myrtle Beach area south of 10th Avenue North and north of the Myrtle Beach International Airport will take US 501 to Conway.  They may then take US 378 to Columbia or continue on US 501 to Marion.  In Marion they may then take US 76 to Florence to access I-95 southbound or they may stay on US 501 to SC 38 to access I-95 northbound.
  • Myrtle Beach International Airport southward through Surfside Beach: Evacuees from the Myrtle Beach International Airport south through Surfside Beach will take SC 544 to US 501 to Conway.  They may then take US 378 to Columbia or continue on US 501 to Marion.  In Marion they may then take US 76 to Florence to access I-95 southbound or they may stay on US 501 to SC 38 to access I-95 northbound.
  • Garden City Beach south to Winyah Bay: Evacuees from Garden City Beach south to Winyah Bay will take US 17 south through Georgetown.  They will then take US 521 to SC 261 to US 378 to Columbia.  Alternatively, they may take US 17 south to US 701 in Georgetown to SC 51 to US 378 at Kingsburg.

Residents that live in Evacuation Zone C should utilize the closest available evacuation route to safely evacuate the area.

When evacuating, it is important to take a road map.  Motorists should be aware that law enforcement and the South Carolina National Guard may be posted along evacuation routes to provide assistance.  Evacuation routes and maps are available on Horry County’s offical website.

 

AMERICAN RED CROSS SHELTERS IN HORRY COUNTY

  1. Aynor Elementary-516 Jordanville Road, Aynor
  2. Aynor High-201 Jordanville Road, Aynor
  3. Aynor Middle School, 400 Frye Road, Galivants Ferry
  4. Blackwater Middle School, 900 East Cox Ferry Road, Conway
  5. Conway High School, 2301 Church Street, Conway
  6. Green Sea Floyds Elementary,5000 Tulip Road, Green Sea
  7. Green Sea Floyds High,5265 Highway 9, Green Sea
  8. Loris Elementary, 901 Highway 9 East, Loris
  9. Loris High-301 Loris Lions Road, Loris
  10. Loris Middle School, 5209 Highway 66, Loris
  11. North Myrtle Beach High School, 3750 Sea Mountain Highway, Little River
  12. Palmetto Bays Elementary, 8900 Highway 544, Myrtle Beach
  13. Pee Dee Elementary, 6555 Highway 134, Conway
  14. Whittemore Park Middle-1808 Rhue Street

 



Hurricane Matthew Update: Horry County Moves to OPCON 3

Date: October 4, 2016
Time: 12 p.m.
 
Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has moved to OPCON 3 (Level 3 Operating Condition) in preparation of Hurricane Matthew. OPCON 3 means the storm poses a significant threat to Horry County.  County officials are in continual discussions with South Carolina Emergency Management, coastal communities including local municipalities, the Governor’s office and will continue to monitor the situation closely.  The Horry County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is NOT fully activated at this time however it is prepared to fully activate if the Governor issues a mandatory evacuation order.
 
Should mandatory evacuation order be issued, it is important that residents are familiar with the evacuation zones as follows: 

  • Zone A: All areas east of U.S. Business 17 (Kings Hwy), up to intersection with U.S. 17 (Kings Hwy) and then all areas east of US 17 (Kings Hwy) to the Northern county line.
  • Zone B: All areas south of Hwy 707 and Longwood Drive, including all areas in Longwood Plantation (Blackmoor) to the Waccamaw River and all areas east of U.S. 17 Bypass (Mark Garner Hwy) to U.S. 17 (North Kings Hwy) and all areas east of U.S. 17 (North Kings Hwy) to the northern county line.                                                
  • Zone C: All areas between Hwy 701 and Hwy 544, south of Brown's Chapel Avenue and Hwy 814, plus all areas east of Highway 31 (Carolina Bays Parkway) to Highway 90 and all areas east of Highway 90 to U.S. 17 to the northern county line. 
  • Mobile homes, campers and those in flood prone areas are asked to evacuate for all storms.
  • Horry County evacuates for storm surge and not for wind. 

Prior to any evacuation orders, it is important that residents are familiar with the evacuation route that they will take: 

  • North Myrtle Beach and northward: Evacuees from north of Briarcliffe Acres will take SC 9 north to I-95 and beyond.
  • Briarcliffe Acres south to Myrtle Beach 10th Avenue North: Evacuees in Briarcliffe Acres south to 10th Avenue North will take SC 22 (Conway Bypass) to US 501 to Marion.  In Marion, they may then take US 76 to Florence to access I-95 southbound or they may stay on US 501 to SC 38 to access I-95 northbound.
  • Myrtle Beach, from 10th Avenue North south to the Myrtle Beach International Airport: Evacuees from the Myrtle Beach area south of 10th Avenue North and north of the Myrtle Beach International Airport will take US 501 to Conway.  They may then take US 378 to Columbia or continue on US 501 to Marion.  In Marion they may then take US 76 to Florence to access I-95 southbound or they may stay on US 501 to SC 38 to access I-95 northbound.
  • Myrtle Beach International Airport southward through Surfside Beach: Evacuees from the Myrtle Beach International Airport south through Surfside Beach will take SC 544 to US 501 to Conway.  They may then take US 378 to Columbia or continue on US 501 to Marion.  In Marion they may then take US 76 to Florence to access I-95 southbound or they may stay on US 501 to SC 38 to access I-95 northbound.
  • Garden City Beach south to Winyah Bay: Evacuees from Garden City Beach south to Winyah Bay will take US 17 south through Georgetown.  They will then take US 521 to SC 261 to US 378 to Columbia.  Alternatively, they may take US 17 south to US 701 in Georgetown to SC 51 to US 378 at Kingsburg.

Residents that live in Evacuation Zone C should utilize the closest available evacuation route to safely evacuate the area.
 
When evacuating, it is important to take a road map.  Motorists should be aware that law enforcement and the South Carolina National Guard may be posted along evacuation routes to provide assistance.  Evacuation routes and maps are available on Horry County’s office website.
 
Whether required to evacuate or not, citizens should:

  • Have all necessary medications (prescription and over the counter). 
  • Have a supply of nonperishable food and water for each family member including pets.
  • Survey property to mitigate the potential of flooding such as making sure storm drains and gutters are clear of debris.  
  • Have family hurricane plans in place; including items that may be needed like water, batteries, flashlights, etc.  
  • Anticipate potential power outages that could extend for several days.

If an evacuation order is given, 16-area schools will be opened as American Red Cross Shelters.  Shelters should be considered as a place of last resort to ride out the storm, shelters may be crowded, they do not accept pets and not designed for comfort.  When going to a shelter, citizens will need to take their own supplies such as batteries, bedding, identification, toiletries, clothing, etc…Shelters do not accept guns, alcohol or animals. To easily locate a shelter, download the American Red Cross’ Shelter Finder application on the Apple iTunes Store or Google Play.
 
Additional hurricane information can be found on Horry County’s website. This link contains information on how to prepare for an emergency, evacuation routes and maps, re-entry information, shelters, etc.
 

 



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