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Horry County News and Announcements


Horry County Moves to OPCON 2


Horry County Government has lowered the operational condition level following impacts to our area from Hurricane Dorian. At this time, the Emergency Operations Center remains activated. Shelters will close tomorrow, Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. Horry County disaster assessment teams are actively surveying damage to our area. There are currently approximately 17,600 power outages in Horry County. Residents are encouraged to continue to be cautious as they travel as there may be downed power lines and ponding on roadways.

Horry County operates on new OPCON levels

OPCON THREE - Normal Daily Operations

Agencies plan, train, coordinate and exercise as needed. Incidents are monitored by the county warning point and county emergency management.

OPCON TWO - Enhanced Awareness

A disaster or emergency is likely to affect the county. Emergency operations plans are implemented. The County Emergency Operations Center is partially activated if necessary.

OPCON ONE - Full Alert

A disaster or emergency is imminent or occurring. The County Emergency Operations Center is fully activated. Emergency response personnel are activated.

Horry County Government Initiates Curfew and Transfers Disaster Reserve Fund


In response to Hurricane Dorian and for the protection of lives and property, Horry County Council has instituted a curfew for the unincorporated areas of the county from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. effective immediately and ending at 7 a.m. September 6, 2019. 

Transit during the curfew will be prohibited, with the exception of emergencies. Please stay off the roads until conditions are safe. For more information regarding the curfew, contact the Horry County Emergency Operations Center Phone Bank at 843-915-5150.

In addition, Horry County Council approved the transfer of disaster reserve fund balance from Fiscal Year 2019 to provide immediate resources for recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

Horry County Government Weekly Update for September 9-13, 2019

Click HERE for Horry County Government's meetings and agendas for the week of September 9-13, 2019.

Horry County Press Briefing Today at 3 PM


Horry County Press Briefing Today at 3:00 p.m.

Horry County Government emergency officials will hold a press briefing today at 3:00 p.m in the Emergency Operations Center located at the M.L. Brown Public Safety building (2560 Main Street, Conway, SC).

Media partners: Our media staging area at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is in the front hallway of M.L. Brown. Please stage there ahead of the press briefing at 3:00 p.m. today.

The Horry County Emergency Management Department has activated the County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as of 10 a.m. on September 2, 2019 and has moved to OPCON 1. The Phone Bank is operational (843-915-5150) to assist residents and visitors with questions.

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

Horry County to Close Offices Thursday and Friday


Horry County Government's offices, and all circuit/family and magistrates courts will be closed Thursday, September 5, 2019, and Friday, September 6, 2019. At this time, Horry County Government offices will remain open on a normal operating schedule Wednesday, September 4, 2019. However, staffing may be lighter than usual and we encourage members of the public to call before they travel to the Government and Justice Center to ensure the office they are visiting is open. 

In addition, the Public Safety Committee meeting scheduled to take place next week on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 has been cancelled. 

Between 60 to 70 percent of Horry County’s workforce are deemed “essential” employees and will be working to support the Horry County Emergency Operations Center, the ongoing evacuation of Horry County Zone A and the needs of our citizens and local businesses. 

Other items of interest:

  • The Myrtle Beach International Airport will remain open. People are encouraged to check with their airlines on flight status throughout the rest of the week and this weekend.
  • The Horry County Museum and Living History Farm has cancelled all programming through Saturday, September 7, including The Museum Matinee, Cooking Demonstrations at the Farm, Jr. Farmers, Farm Harvest Day, and Lee Brockington: Women of the Waccamaw.
  • The Horry County Phone Bank is operational and can be reached with questions at: 843-915-5150.