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Horry County Fire Rescue Improves ISO Rating

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County Fire Rescue has improved its ISO rating after the completion of their recent Public Protection Classification (PPC) survey. ISO completed its analysis of the structural fire suppression delivery system provided in our county and moved the ISO rating from a Class 5 to a Class 3. The survey evaluates all aspects of the department’s fire rescue services, as well as the water supply services provided by the county, on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the highest.

Effective November 1, 2016, Horry County Fire/Rescue will be reclassified to the improved ISO Class 3 status.

“Thanks to the cooperation and leadership of Chief Tanner and his staff and Administrator Chris Eldridge for assisting in this lengthy, but critical process by the PPC,” stated County Councilman and Chairman of the Public Safety Committee Al Allen. “This improved classification is a direct result of achieving a much better and secure fire service for our county and providing a first-rate public safety response as we continue to prepare for the future growth needs of our county.”

“This improved classification is incredible news for our citizens,” stated Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus. “Our council has been committed to fire protection services in our community and have invested local tax dollars over the years to replace aging fire apparatus, build or replace fire stations, and provide a safe working environment for our many brave men and women in our fire department. We should all be proud.”

ISO’s Public Protection Classification Program (PPC) plays an important role in the underwriting process at insurance companies. In fact, most U.S. insurers use PPC information as part of their decision-making when deciding what business to write, coverages to offer or prices to change for personal or commercial property insurance. By achieving a lower ISO classification, residents and business owners could see a saving on their insurance.

The last ISO reclassification was done in Fiscal Year 2009, when Horry County Fire Rescue was rated a 5. 

Preliminary Flood Maps for Horry County Ready for Public Viewing

Conway, South Carolina – The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) newly revised, digital flood insurance rate maps for Horry County, SC, will be available for residents to review at two public open houses. Flood maps show the extent to which areas are at risk for flooding, and are used to help determine flood insurance and building requirements.

The open houses will provide residents of Horry County and its municipalities the opportunity to see the preliminary maps, learn about their risk of flooding, and ask questions about what the new maps will mean for their property. Residents can meet one-on-one with a variety of specialists who will be available to talk about flood insurance, engineering, building permits and more. 

Flood Risk Open House

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

4 – 7 p.m.

Horry County Government & Justice Center

1301 2nd Avenue in Conway, SC


Thursday, March 3, 2016

4 – 7 p.m.

Landmark Resort

1501 S. Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, SC


Over 65,000 postcards were mailed to those property owners who are currently in a flood zone, may be added to a flood zone, or deleted from a flood zone. The new preliminary maps were produced by FEMA and are more precise than older maps because better flood hazard and risk data make the maps more accurate. The ultimate goal is protecting property owners and the community from the risks associated with flooding. Over time, flood risks change due to construction and development, environmental changes, floodplain widening or shifting, and other factors. Flood maps are updated periodically to reflect these changes.

Home and business owners, renters, realtors, mortgage lenders, surveyors and insurance agents are encouraged to attend the open house. All who attend can meet with specialists to ask questions and learn more about flood risk and hazard mitigation within their communities. 

Horry County’s preliminary maps have not yet been officially adopted and will become effective after a public comment period. This period allows the public to submit comments and appeals if they can show that any part of the maps is in error. Once all comments are received and addressed, Horry County may adopt the maps.  The preliminary flood zone maps can be viewed at Property owners will be able to compare these maps with the current flood zone maps to see if they will be impacted by the changes.

By law, federally regulated or insured mortgage lenders require flood insurance on properties that are located in areas at high risk of flooding. Standard homeowners’, business owners’, and renters’ insurance policies typically don’t cover flood damage, so flood insurance is an important consideration for everyone. Flood insurance policies can be purchased from any state licensed property and casualty insurance agent. Visit for more information about flood insurance and to locate a local agent.