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
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
First aid kid
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:
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
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:
S.C. Department of Transportation Information:
(888) 877-9151 Toll Free
(866) 246-0133 Toll Free
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