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Horry County Moves to OPCON 4

Conway, South Carolina –Horry County has moved to Operating Condition Level 4 (OPCON 4) in preparation of wintry weather over the next couple of days. OPCON 4 puts Horry County on “Alert” status, which means county officials have begun discussions with South Carolina Emergency Management, the National Weather Service, local municipalities, and will continue to monitor the storm closely. Horry County is reviewing all operational plans and will keep everyone aware of any changes in the forecast and will take appropriate action when necessary.

 

Horry County Emergency Management Division urges everyone to continue proper precautions such as:

 

·         Citizens unaccustomed to dealing with life-threatening aspects of severe cold should remember to keep exposure to cold weather to a minimum. Frostbite is harmful and painful. Hypothermia, or low body temperature, can be lethal, and it is particularly hard on infants and the elderly. When the weather turns cold, don't go outdoors unless you have to. If you must go out, dress in layers and cover your ears, head and hands. Remember, high wind speeds dramatically increase the effects of cold temperatures by increasing the "wind chill factor."

·         Stock up on heating fuel and prepare emergency heating sources, such as fireplaces, wood stoves and space heaters. (WARNING: Never burn charcoal briquettes indoors.)

·         Remember the usual emergency supplies: a flashlight and batteries, a battery-powered radio, extra non-perishable food and water, extra medicines and baby items, and first-aid supplies.

·         Freezing temperatures can burst water pipes in homes that lack heat or proper insulation. Wrap exposed pipes or take other measure to insulate them from the cold.

·         Prepare a place indoors for pets. Move farm animals to shelters and have extra feed and water available.

·         Be aware of possible carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire if using alternative sources for electricity, heating or cooking.

·         Residents are encouraged to check on elderly and at-risk neighbors and relatives due to the increased potential for power outages and cold temperatures. 

·         Use caution when traveling on roads.  

 

 

For more information on winter weather safety tips for your family and pets, please log onto the American Red Cross website at http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm.


Horry County Government Weekly Update for January 27 - January 31, 2014

Click HERE for Horry County Government's Weekly Update for January 27 - January 31, 2014.


Local Clean Up Events Scheduled

Conway, South Carolina – The Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee will assist with the following community clean ups:

• January 25, 2014-The Chicora Indians of South Carolina will clean the Socastee Park and Boat Landing beginning at 11 a.m.
• February 1, 2014-The Chicora Indians of South Carolina will clean the Huggins Boat Landing (located on Pee Dee Road near Galivants Ferry) beginning at 10 a.m.

Volunteers are welcome. For more information, contact Nancy Tindall with Horry County Planning & Zoning at 843-915-5340.


Horry County to Host Operation Coastal Response 2014

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County Emergency Management will host a public safety exercise called Operation Coastal Response 2014 on Saturday, February 1, 2014. The exercise will take place in and around the Bucksport Marina in Horry County, Sandy Island and the Wacca Wache Marina in Georgetown County.

Operation Coastal Response 2014 is a full-scale exercise designed to train and assess Horry and Georgetown Counties’ 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: Myrtle Beach International Airport, 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, Horry County Public Works, Horry County Public Information and Horry County Communications, Georgetown County Emergency Management, Georgetown County Fire/EMS, Georgetown Sheriff’s Office, Georgetown County School District, Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire Department, Midway Fire/Rescue, U.S. Coast Guard, SC Army National Guard, SC Emergency Management, SC Department of Health & Environmental Control, the American Red Cross, Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, Conway Hospital, Georgetown Memorial Hospital, Waccamaw Community Hospital, McLeod Loris Hospital, and McLeod Seacoast Hospital.

Missions will mainly take place around the Bucksport Marina, Wacca Wache Marina, and the surrounding bodies of water. The public will see an influx of public safety and military vehicles and personnel in and around those marinas as well as military helicopters beginning on Friday, January 31, through Saturday, February 1. The exercise will not impact the public’s day-to-day operations and 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.

For more information regarding Operation Coastal Response 2014, please call Horry County Emergency Management at (843) 915-5150.


Pitts Landing Road, Punch Bowl Landing Road & Yauhannah Boat Landing Closed

Conway, South Carolina —Horry County Public Works has closed Pitts Landing Road and Punch Bowl Landing Road, both in the South Conway area of Horry County, until further notice due to flooding. In addition, the Yauhannah Boat Landing, located off Highway 701 in the South Conway area of Horry County is also closed due to flooding.

For more information, contact Horry County Public Works at 843-915-5410.



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