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Horry County Sheriff's Office to Co-Host Shred Event

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Sheriff’s Office, along with AARP South Carolina and Shred Alert, is hosting a shred event on Friday, May 19, 2017, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. To help fight back against identity theft, the public is encouraged to bring up to three bags or boxes of your old personal information (staples & paperclips do not have to be removed) to a mobile shredding truck that will be located at the Horry County Government & Justice Center, 1301 2nd Avenue in Conway and at the Shred Alert office located at 4727 Northgate Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. The goal this year is to shred 18,000 lbs. of paper!

Identity theft and identity fraud are terms used to refer to all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person’s personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain. Identity theft has become one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States.

One of the biggest ways to protect you against identity theft is to shred personal information. You can also adopt a “need to know” approach to your personal data. For example, the more information you put on your checks like social security number and home phone number, the more chances that information could land in the hands of a criminal.

If you are traveling, have your mail held at your local post office or ask a trusting neighbor to collect your mail while you are away. Also, check your financial information regularly, and look for what should be there and what shouldn’t.

For more information about identity theft and how to protect yourself, go to the United States Department of Justice website. For more information on the upcoming shred event, contact AARP South Carolina at 866.389.5655.

Horry County Offices to Close for Good Friday

Conway, South Carolina – All Horry County offices, other than public safety operations, will close Friday, April 14, 2017, in observance of Good Friday.  Regular courts may be in operation in the Horry County Government & Justice Center and all jurors, witnesses, etc. will be required to be present.

In addition to the above, all branches of the Horry County Memorial Library will be closed Friday, April 14, 2017, through Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Horry County Returns to OPCON 5

April 6, 2017 

8 a.m. 

Severe Weather Update: 

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County returns to Operating Condition (OPCON) 5, normal operating condition, as of this morning. At this time, no significant issues were reported overnight. 

Horry County Moves to OPCON 4

April 5, 2017

3 p.m.

Severe Weather Update:

Conway, South Carolina – At 3:00 p.m., Horry County will move to Operating Condition Level 4 (OPCON 4) due to the potential threat of severe weather conditions this evening and overnight. OPCON 4 puts Horry County on “Alert” status, which means that county officials have begun discussions with South Carolina Emergency Management, the National Weather Service, and other coastal communities.  Horry County will continue to monitor the storm closely and review all operational plans.  The Horry County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is NOT active at this time, however Horry County Emergency Management will continue to keep the public aware of changes in the forecast and appropriate action will be taken as necessary.

Citizens should stay tuned to local media for updates.  It is also a good time to review family emergency plans, including items that may be needed during power outages such as water, batteries, flashlights, etc. Residents should also survey their property and secure any objects that could become airborne during high winds.

For more information on wind safety, please visit the National Weather Service.

High Wind Safety Tips

  • If you are caught outside during high winds:
  • Take cover next to a building or under a secure shelter.
  • Stand clear of roadways as a gust may blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
  • Watch for flying debris. Tree limbs may break and street signs may come loose during strong winds.

In the event of a downed power line:

  • Report downed lines to your local utility company and 911.
  • Avoid anything that may be touching downed lines, including vehicles or tree branches.
  • If a line falls on your car, stay inside the vehicle. Take care not to touch any part of the metal frame of your vehicle.

If you are driving:

  • Keep both hands on the wheel and slow down.
  • Watch for objects blowing across the roadway and into your path.
  • Keep a safe distance from cars in adjacent lanes, as strong gusts could push a car outside its lane of travel.
  • Take extra care in a high-profile vehicle such as trucks, vans, SUVs, or when towing a trailer, as these are more prone to being pushed or flipped by high wind gusts.
  • If winds are severe enough to prevent safe driving, safely pull over onto the shoulder of the road and stop, making sure you are away from trees or other tall objects that could fall onto your vehicle. 

CDBG Public Meeting Postponed

Conway, South Carolina - The public hearing to review the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) & Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Annual Action Plan, scheduled for April 6, 2017, has been postponed.

Horry County Annual Action Plan affects the program and funding for housing and community development projects from 2017 to 2018. The purpose of the meeting is to receive public comment on the proposed Annual Action Plan and budget.   Horry County has not received funding information from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban development related to its annual allocation to Horry County as an entitlement community.  The Annual Action plan process will resume when notification is received from HUD about the program.