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Horry County Council Chairman Announces Welcome Back Committee

At a press briefing this afternoon, Horry County Council Chairman Johnny Gardner announced the formation of a working “Welcome Back” committee to address economic recovery following the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in our area.

The Committee will be chaired by Horry County Councilman Orton Bellamy. At this time members include:

Richard Carroll

John Cassidy

Rick Elliott

Johnny Gardner

Wayne Gray

Tyler Servant

Lance Thompson

Members of Horry County staff represented on the committee include Police Chief Joe Hill, Fire Rescue Chief Joseph Tanner, Assistant County Administrator for Public Safety Randy Webster, Assistant County Administrator for Administration Barry Spivey and County Administrator Steve Gosnell. In addition, representatives from each municipality will be invited to attend. Other members may be appointed.

Chairman Gardner said, “Horry County is one of the hardest hit areas in our state economically and we are going to have to work together and take action to ensure our businesses recover and are ready to welcome our residents and visitors. I’m certain that we have the right team in place to tackle this challenge and help us come back stronger than ever.”

The Committee is planning to hold its first meeting in the near-term future and specific details will be provided at horrycounty.org.  



Hurricane Matthew Recovery Update from the South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office

The South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office is re-opening the Hurricane Matthew Recovery Program to repair or reconstruct single family homes for low-to-moderate income residents with Hurricane Matthew related damage in Marion or Horry County. Click to complete the online application.

Call 844-410-8560 or visit www.scdr.sc.gov for further assistance and information.



Damage Assessment Begins This Week

County officials are assessing the damage to both residential and commercial structures to determine the impact of recent flooding in our area. This evaluation plays a critical role in acquiring state and federal financial assistance to assist the region’s disaster recovery efforts.

To ensure planning efforts are based on comprehensive data regarding storm and flood impacts, Horry County officials are requesting that citizens report their property damage information from the current flood event.

The Property Damage Self-Reporting Tool, located at https://www.horrycounty.org/, allows owners and renters to inform the County of the location, owner, extent of damage, and status of the affected property. The data and photos reported through this website will help the county to assess the comprehensive impact of recent flooding, and to determine the best long-term recovery strategies for affected communities.

In addition, community members should be aware that additional County crews including damage assessment teams will be in affected areas this week.



Hurricane Florence Damage Assessment Underway

As rising waters continue to impact our region, County officials are assessing the damage to both residential and commercial structures to determine the impact of Hurricane Florence in our area. This evaluation plays a critical role in acquiring the federal financial assistance to assist the region’s disaster recovery efforts.

Reaching all of the impacted areas, however, becomes more difficult as flooding continues. To ensure planning efforts are based on a comprehensive data regarding storm and flood impacts,Horry County officials are requesting that citizens report their property damage information from Hurricane Florence and the current flood event.

A new Property Damage Self-Reporting Tool, located at https://www.horrycounty.org/, allows owners and renters to inform the County of the location, owner, extent of damage, and status of the affected property. The data and photos reported through this website will help the county to assess the comprehensive impact of Hurricane Florence, and to determine the best long-term recovery strategies for affected communities.

Homeowners who have experienced property damage are encouraged to contact FEMA directly to determine if they are eligible for financial assistance. Please visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ to apply for funding. Alternatively, citizens may call the registration phone number at 1 (800) 621-3362. Individuals with a speech disability or hearing loss may use TTY by calling 1 (800) 462-7585. Individuals utilizing 711 or video relay service (VRS) may call 1 (800) 621-3362.

The road to recovery is just beginning. The input of our residents is critical to ensure that recovery plans are based on a comprehensive picture of the storm impacts.



Storm Recovery Tips from Horry County Emergency Management

Conway, South Carolina – Following Tropical Storm Hermine or any tropical system, there are steps you can take to keep you and your family safe. Feel better prepared with these safety and recovery tips from Horry County Emergency Management.

Check on family and neighbors

Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.

Turn Around, Don’t Drown

Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

Drive only when necessary. Roads may have weakened and can collapse under the weight of a car.

Document damage

Separate damaged and undamaged belongings. Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.

Stay away from downed power lines

If you see power, cable or phone lines that are down in your yard or in the street, always treat them as if they were energized and dangerous. Never touch them! Stay at least 20 feet away. Call an energy provider to report the location so repairs can be made as soon as possible.
 
Post-storm debris can hide power lines that have fallen. Trees may also contain lines that have fallen. A metal fence, pond or standing water could be energized by lines touching them elsewhere. Even the ground can be energized near fallen lines. Approach these items with caution, keeping in mind that the real danger might be hidden.

Remove standing water – Tip & Toss!
Residents are urged to remove standing water to prevent mosquitoes from living and breeding. Tips & Toss!
Horry County believes the best way residents can protect themselves is by reducing breeding sources. Breeding sources for mosquito-borne illnesses are 
primarily water-filled containers left around homes and businesses. Tipping and tossing water-filled containers once a week can significantly reduce mosquito populations.
Keep mosquitoes from laying eggs inside and outside of your home. Items in and around people’s homes can collect water. Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out containers that hold water, such as

·         Vases
·         pet water bowls
·         flowerpot saucers
·         discarded tires
·         buckets
·         pool covers
·         birdbaths
·         trash cans
·         rain barrels

These actions can help reduce the number of mosquitoes around areas where people live.

Follow safe water storage tips

If water must be stored, tightly cover storage containers to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside and laying eggs.

Click HERE for dditional information on Horry County's mosquito control program. 
 



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