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Horry County Moves to OPCON 1 for Second Winter Storm

February 13, 2014   12 p.m.


Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has moved to Operating Condition Level 1(OPCON 1), which puts the county at “Disaster Operations” stage. Horry County has activated its emergency operational plans and is being managed by Horry County Emergency Management’s Command Staff. Horry County has NOT opened its Emergency Operations Center (EOC), but county officials will be monitoring conditions throughout the cleanup process.

Issues throughout the county continue to be downed tree limbs, causing roads to be blocked and downed power lines. Some of the hardest hit locations are Conway, Aynor, Loris and Green Sea. Sporadic power outages continue and residents should contact their local power provider to report any outages. Drivers are urged to use caution due to tree debris and downed power lines.

The county’s priority will remain clearing roads of debris for vehicle access, stabilizing the county road network, and removing vegetative debris from the county-maintained public right-of-ways.

Residents in the unincorporated areas of Horry County who need to dispose of their yard debris due to the winter storm, can take it to one of the 24 recycling centers and a link to the locations of the centers can be viewed at http://www.solidwasteauthority.org/recyclingcenters.html. Horry County does not provide curbside trash pick-up services, as the unincorporated millage pays for the 24 recycling centers located throughout Horry County. The Horry County Solid Waste Authority is prepared to handle the large volume of vegetative debris that is expected to be disposed of at the centers.

Due to warmer weather conditions expected this weekend, homeowners are urged to use extreme caution when burning vegetative debris that has fallen from the winter storm.
• Before doing any burning, establish wide control lines down to bare mineral soil at least five-feet wide around any burn barrels and even wider around brush piles and other piled debris tobe burned. The larger the debris pile, the wider the control line that is needed to ensure that burning materials won’t be blown or roll off the pile into vegetation outside the line.
• Stay with all outdoor fires, until they are completely out.
• Keep water and hand tools ready in case your fire should attempt to spread.
• Homeowners are responsible for the control of their outdoor fires.



Horry County Moves to OPCON 4 for Second Winter Storm

February 11, 2014  10:00 a.m.


Conway, South Carolina –Horry County has moved to Operating Condition Level 4 (OPCON 4) in preparation of wintry weather over the next couple of days. OPCON 4 puts Horry County on “Alert” status, which means county officials have begun discussions with South Carolina Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, and will continue to monitor the storm closely. Horry County is reviewing all operational plans and will keep everyone aware of any changes in the forecast and will take appropriate action when necessary.

Horry County Emergency Management Division urges everyone to continue proper precautions such as:

• Remember the usual emergency supplies: a flashlight and batteries, a battery-powered radio, extra non-perishable food and water, extra medicines and baby items, and first-aid supplies.
• Freezing temperatures can burst water pipes in homes that lack heat or proper insulation. Wrap exposed pipes or take other measure to insulate them from the cold.
• Prepare a place indoors for pets. Move farm animals to shelters and have extra feed and water available.
• Residents are encouraged to check on elderly and at-risk neighbors and relatives due to the increased potential for power outages and cold temperatures.
• Use caution when traveling on roads.
• Use caution when walking in parking lots and on sidewalks.
• Check with airlines as flights may be delayed or canceled.

For more information on winter weather safety tips for your family and pets, please log onto the American Red Cross website



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