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Horry County Emergency Management Co-Sponsors Area Business Disaster Symposium

Conway, South Carolina-Horry County Emergency Management along with the City of Myrtle Beach and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring the Third Annual Area Business Disaster Recovery Symposium January 29, 2016, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Sheraton Myrtle Beacy Convention Center Hotel.  Speakers include WPDE Chief Meterologist Ed Piotrowski, Myrtle Beach International Airport, Santee Cooper, Coastal Carolina University, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Kevin Sur and much more.  Pre-registration is $25 per person and includes lunch and breaks or $30 at the door.  Pre-registration deadline is January 25, 2016.  Click HERE for the registration form.



Mobile Disaster Recovery Center Comes to Conway

Conway, South Carolina – A mobile FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) has begun operations in the parking lot of the Horry County Government & Justice Center located at 1301 Second Avenue in Conway.  The unit will be in place seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. to assist individuals in the Conway area who have sustained a loss (major or minor) from the flash floods as well as the ongoing flooding issues. FEMA is urging people who have not already registered for assistance to call 800-621-3362 and FEMA field inspectors will be sent to those properties to do a damage assessment within 2-10 days. FEMA officials want everyone to know that they don’t have to wait for an inspector to begin clean up. FEMA field inspectors will carry proper credentials (IDs) so they can be easily identified. Any questions relating to the authenticity of a FEMA representative, can call Horry County Emergency Management for verification at (843) 915-5150.

The other two FEMA DRC locations are still in operation in the following locations:

  • North Strand Recreation Center, 120 Highway 57 South, Little River
  • South Strand Recreation Center, 9650 Scipio Lane, Myrtle Beach

These DRCs are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. and are staffed by personnel able to assist Horry County citizens with: answers to questions, referrals to agencies that may be able to provide further assistance, housing assistance and rental information, crisis counseling, disaster related legal services, disaster related unemployment, assistance through the Small Business Administration, status of applications being processed by FEMA, and other valuable services. FEMA also encourages people to document, document and document. The more photos and information you can provide, the better. Also keep a record of your receipts if you have to go out and buy supplies for cleaning or repairs.

Some disaster survivors affected by the severe storms and flooding in South Carolina may receive a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) saying they are ineligible for disaster assistance.

If that happens, do not be alarmed or discouraged. It may mean that FEMA does not have all the information needed to make a decision regarding an applicant’s disaster assistance.

Several reasons exist for why flood survivors receive ineligibility determination letters and yet may be eligible for assistance. For example, the applicant may still need to:

  • Return insurance information;
  • Provide information to prove occupancy or ownership of the damaged property;
  • Fill out all necessary paperwork; or
  • Complete and return the U.S. Small Business Administration loan application.    

Applicants with insurance should contact their insurance company and ask for a settlement letter detailing exactly what is covered under their claim. They should mail insurance settlement information to FEMA – Individuals & Households Program, National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055. 

Flood survivors have up to 12 months from the date they registered with FEMA to submit insurance information for review. FEMA cannot provide money to individuals or households for losses already covered by insurance. 

FEMA reminds applicants to return the completed SBA loan application even if they choose to decline the loan. Completing the loan application is a necessary step if applicants are to be considered for some other forms of disaster assistance.

Applicants who wish to appeal a decision may do so in writing within 60 days from the date the ineligibility letter was received. Guidelines for appeals can be found in the Applicant’s Handbook sent to everyone who registered with FEMA. 

Ineligibility Letters

Flood survivors who need to update their application information or have any questions about disaster assistance can call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.  Phone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern time, seven days a week until further notice. Individuals with hearing difficulties can use the TTY number, 800-462-7585. Applicants may also register online at with any computer, smartphone or tablet at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Follow the link to “apply online for federal assistance.” Survivors may also choose to visit a Horry County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC).




Horry County Emergency Management Holds Business Disaster Preparation Workshop

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County Emergency Management has partnered with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) to hold a business disaster preparation workshop titled, Keeping Our Businesses Strong: Strategies for Business Continuity in the Face of Disaster on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Horry County Government & Justice Center located at 1301 Second Avenue in Conway.  The free workshop will educate and encourage area businesses to better prepare for disasters by developing a business continuity plan and utilizing tools to assist them in determining their needs after a disaster.  

The workshop is free, however space is limited.  Interested participants click HERE to register.  If you would like to meet with a business continuity specialist at the event, please indicate your interest on the registration form. 

For more information or questions, please contact Vickie Burkett with Horry County Emergency Management at 843-915-5150.



Horry County Moves to OPCON 1 for Second Winter Storm

February 13, 2014   12 p.m.


Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has moved to Operating Condition Level 1(OPCON 1), which puts the county at “Disaster Operations” stage. Horry County has activated its emergency operational plans and is being managed by Horry County Emergency Management’s Command Staff. Horry County has NOT opened its Emergency Operations Center (EOC), but county officials will be monitoring conditions throughout the cleanup process.

Issues throughout the county continue to be downed tree limbs, causing roads to be blocked and downed power lines. Some of the hardest hit locations are Conway, Aynor, Loris and Green Sea. Sporadic power outages continue and residents should contact their local power provider to report any outages. Drivers are urged to use caution due to tree debris and downed power lines.

The county’s priority will remain clearing roads of debris for vehicle access, stabilizing the county road network, and removing vegetative debris from the county-maintained public right-of-ways.

Residents in the unincorporated areas of Horry County who need to dispose of their yard debris due to the winter storm, can take it to one of the 24 recycling centers and a link to the locations of the centers can be viewed at http://www.solidwasteauthority.org/recyclingcenters.html. Horry County does not provide curbside trash pick-up services, as the unincorporated millage pays for the 24 recycling centers located throughout Horry County. The Horry County Solid Waste Authority is prepared to handle the large volume of vegetative debris that is expected to be disposed of at the centers.

Due to warmer weather conditions expected this weekend, homeowners are urged to use extreme caution when burning vegetative debris that has fallen from the winter storm.
• Before doing any burning, establish wide control lines down to bare mineral soil at least five-feet wide around any burn barrels and even wider around brush piles and other piled debris tobe burned. The larger the debris pile, the wider the control line that is needed to ensure that burning materials won’t be blown or roll off the pile into vegetation outside the line.
• Stay with all outdoor fires, until they are completely out.
• Keep water and hand tools ready in case your fire should attempt to spread.
• Homeowners are responsible for the control of their outdoor fires.



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