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Horry County Emergency Operations Center Closes, County Returns to OPCON 3

HURRICANE DORIAN UPDATE

As of 6:00 p.m. on September 6, 2019, the Horry County Emergency Operations Center will close following Hurricane Dorian and the county will return to OPCON 3, normal daily operations. The phone bank will close at 6:00 p.m. today as well.

Other items of interest:

  • The Governor’s evacuation order for Zone A has been lifted and reentry is underway.
  • Shelters will close at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2019.
  • Horry County Government will resume normal operations on Saturday, September 7, 2019.
  • Coast RTA will resume normal operations beginning Saturday, September 7, 2019.

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



Governor Lifts Evacuation Order in Horry County

HURRICANE DORIAN UPDATE: 

Governor Henry McMaster has lifted the evacuation order for all residents in Zone A in Horry County effective at 10:00 a.m. today, Friday, September 6.

While the weather conditions have improved in Horry County, motorists should be cautious of fallen trees, downed power lines, and standing water in and around roadways. Limited power outages continue to affect the area, and returning citizens may experience outages.



Horry County Government Resumes Normal Operations Tomorrow

HURRICANE DORIAN UPDATE

The Horry County Memorial Libraries, Horry County Parks and Recreation Centers, and the Horry County Museum and Living History Farm will resume normal operations on Saturday, September 7. Horry County Government's offices, and all circuit/family and magistrates courts will be open on a normal operating schedule on Monday, September 9, 2019.

The Public Safety Committee meeting and the Infrastructure and Regulation Committee meeting scheduled to take place next week on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 have been cancelled. 

The Horry County Phone Bank is currently operational and can be reached at 843-915-5150.



Horry County Moves to OPCON 2

HURRICANE DORIAN UPDATE

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

HURRICANE DORIAN UPDATE

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.



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