Emergency planning pays off for Georgetown and Horry counties

  • Friday, February 14, 2014

Plane crash. Ice storm. Power outage. Search and rescue — or recovery of bodies.

All those things and more could dramatically affect our communities.

Knowing how to deal with emergencies pays off. If you have a break in the hose going to a water line, it’s a good idea to know where the valve is to cut the water off.

If your kids is too excited with playing to notice that he’s gone a little too far, you want to know who his friends are and where they live.

Suppose a bad guy tries to break into your house. Do you want that to be the first time the deputy sheriff gets a call out to your neighborhood?

What if you let a pot cook dry on the stove, it overheats and your cabinets burst into flames? If the cops and the firefighters have never practiced how to handle those situations, how will they know what to do?

The answer is, they won’t.

Being prepared is something that Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts learn as they enter their youth programs. It’s no less important for law enforcement, other emergency services and military personnel to know what to do, how to do it, and to perform in tough situations when normal procedures don’t apply.

We applaud a joint exercise recently when Georgetown and Horry counties worked together with the South Carolina National Guard and a host of other local, state and some federal agencies.

They dealt with a mock plane crash where a jetliner went down in the Waccamaw River. It was an exercise, and mannequins and actors played the “victims” of the tragedy. We hope you saw the sampling of photos we printed in our papers and ran online on our Web site and Facebook pages.

No doubt, some wires got crossed, some people or equipment wasn’t at the right place at the right time ­— but that’s why you practice.

We’re grateful for the service the men and women in blue and camo render on a day-in, day-out basis. We’re even more grateful when an emergency arises. And we’re happy that they held these training exercises on a cold, wet weekend so they’ll “Be Prepared” when a real emergency arises.

Thank you.


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