Gov. Henry McMaster has issued an evacuation order for zone A of Georgetown County beginning at noon on Monday, Sept. 2. Residents who need help determining which zone they live in can find further information here. The county will open an emergency shelter at Pleasant Hill Elementary School (127 Schoolhouse Drive, Hemingway, SC 29554) at noon on Sept. 2. Shuttle service will be provided for those in need of a ride to a shelter.

Two shuttles will run on a circuit throughout the day until 7 p.m. as needed, with the first leaving from Murrells Inlet at noon. Pickup locations will be at:

Food Lion in Murrells Inlet, 760 Mink Ave. (Hwy. 707 and Hwy. 17)

Waccamaw Middle School, 247 Wildcat Way, Pawleys Island

Waccamaw Elementary School, 1364 Waverly Rd., Pawleys Island

St. Mary’s AME Church, 8833 Ocean Hwy., Pawleys Island

Tractor Supply Co., 1295 N. Fraser St., Georgetown

St. Cyprian’s Catholic Church, 1905 Front St., Georgetown

Food Lion in Maryville, 2234 S. Fraser St., Georgetown

The public is reminded that pets, firearms and alcohol are not allowed in public shelters. Individuals can find locations that accept pets at petfriendlytravel.com. Pets left behind are unlikely to be able to survive alone, and if by chance they do, it is unlikely they will be able to be located after a storm. Do NOT leave pets chained outdoors.

Those heading to an emergency shelter should be prepared to provide anything they will need, including bedding.

Items to bring to a shelter :

Any medications that will be needed

Blankets, pillows and/or sleeping bags

Eating utensils

One flashlight per person

Identification and valuable papers (such as tax bills, drivers licenses, utility bills)

Baby food and diapers, if necessary

Cards, games and books

Battery-operated radio

Extra Batteries

First aid kid

Non-perishable food

Toiletries

Georgetown County government shifted to Operating Condition (OPCON) 2 on September 1 in preparation for potential impacts related to Hurricane Dorian.

The county, along with the state, moved to a new, simplified three-level OPCON system earlier this year, phasing out the old five-level system. OPCON 2 indicates an “enhanced awareness” status in preparation for a likely threat. The county’s Emergency Operations Center is now partially activated. The county’s Emergency Management Division, in conjunction with S.C. Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, is monitoring the situation closely.

County residents and visitors are encouraged to check the county’s website and social media accounts for updates. The county website is www.gtcounty.org, and social media accounts are @GtCountySc and @GCEMD.

The latest forecasts put the entire South Carolina coast in the error cone for the storm. The area is already experiencing dangerous surf and marine conditions. Residents should remain calm and begin making preparations for their families, businesses and homes, including ensuring that your family has a hurricane plan in place and an emergency kit ready. If those are already in place, it is advisable to begin reviewing those plans with all family members and/or employees. Review evacuation routes and check emergency supply kits to make sure necessary items are included.

Emergency supply kits should contain:

Non-perishable food

Drinking water (two gallons per person per day)

Flashlights with extra batteries and bulbs

First aid kit

Non-electric can opener

Necessary medications and prescriptions

Needed supplies for any children

Needed supplies for any pets

Important documents (insurance policies, property deeds, photo ID, tax records, bank information, etc.)

Toiletries and other personal hygiene items

Cash and credit cards

Weather radio with extra batteries

For other planning resources, visit www.gtcounty.org or www.scemd.org. Residents are also encouraged to download the SCEMD app.

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Georgetown County Information Hotline (for the latest storm information):

(843) 545-3900, available 24 hours a day when the county's Emergency Operations Center is activated.

Georgetown County Emergency Management:

(843) 545-3273

S.C. Department of Transportation Information:

(888) 877-9151 Toll Free

Shelter Information:

(866) 246-0133 Toll Free

Radio:

Charleston - WIWF 96.9 FM

Charleston - WEZL 103.5 FM

Myrtle Beach - WYAV 104.1 FM

Myrtle Beach - WLFF 106.5 FM

Georgetown - WGTN 1400 AM