Public news and announcements are brought to you by the Horry County Public Information Office.
Date: October 6, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Conway, South Carolina – South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has just issued an evacuation order for Horry and Georgetown counties to officially begin at noon (12 p.m.) Thursday, October 6, 2016. This evacuation order is for Horry County Zone A only and 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 Highway 501, but is prepared to implement the reversals if needed.
The Horry County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will move to OPCON 1 at noon today, as an evacuation has been issued.
To support the evacuation, American Red Cross shelters will open at 12 p.m. today 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, do not accept pets and are 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 the 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.
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.
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.
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
Re-Entry for Business Owners & Essential Employees
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.
For more information, call Horry County Emergency Management at 843-915-5150 or visit Horry County’s website at http://www.horrycounty.org. Horry County Emergency Management can also be followed on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/horrycountyemergencymanagementdepartment/?fref=ts and Twitter at https://twitter.com/HorryEMD.
HORRY COUNTY EVACUATION ROUTES
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 at http://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/EmergencyManagement.aspx .
AMERICAN RED CROSS SHELTERS IN HORRY COUNTY
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