South Carolina Hurricane Awareness Week
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Thursday, May 29, 2014) - Governor Nikki Haley has proclaimed June 1-7 to be 2014 South Carolina Hurricane Awareness Week. The S.C. Emergency Management Division, agencies of the State Emergency Response Team and county emergency managers will be engaged in many activities throughout the week to highlight disaster preparedness in South Carolina.
2014 will mark the 25th Anniversary of Hurricane Hugo’s landfall in South Carolina, which occurred the night of September 21, 1989. SCEMD estimates that a storm of similar intensity on the same path as Hugo would cause more than $16.6 billion in damages and destroy more than 21,000 homes statewide today. Throughout this hurricane season, SCEMD will be highlighting Hugo’s impacts and changes since that night in 1989 via social feeds using #HUGO25. We encourage everyone to join the conversation, share Hugo memories and safety tips via Facebook (facebook.com/SCEMD), Twitter (twitter.com/SCEMD) and any our our social feeds (scemd.org/pio/social-media).
SCEMD encourages everyone living near or visiting the coast to “Know Your Zone” in case a hurricane prompts an evacuation. Visit the “Know Your Zone” section at scemd.org to use an interactive map showing new, color-coded coastal evacuation zones, routes and links to county emergency management pages with detailed hurricane evacuation information.
Friday, May 30 - Governor’s Coastal Tour
Governor Haley and SCEMD Director Kim Stenson will join local public safety officials for hurricane preparedness meetings in Horry, Charleston and Beaufort Counties
Sunday, June 1
The Official 2014 South Carolina Hurricane Guide will be released via nine coastal newspapers and will be available at any Walgreens store statewide. The Guide will be available for download at here.
Tuesday, June 3
SCEMD, in conjunction with the Department of Public Safety and a number of other state and local agencies, will test hurricane evacuation plans. This will include lane reversal procedures for Interstate 26, U.S. 21, U.S. 278, U.S. 501 and S.C. 544 in the event of a coastal evacuation order. The exercise should not interfere with the flow of traffic. Intersections will not be blocked and motorists will be allowed to move freely. The Highway Patrol cautions motorists traveling in these areas to exercise caution and be aware that law enforcement officers and state personnel will be located on the shoulder of the highway and at exits. The exercise will last from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Please note that no traffic lanes will actually be reversed during this exercise.
Wednesday, June 4
The State Emergency Response Team will be exercising plans and procedures designed for actions after a hurricane makes landfall. Initial damage assessment, the reentry of residents to an affected area and beginning stages of the recovery effort will be tested during this critical phase of the exercise.
Georgetown, S.C., June 4-5
A mobile emergency operations center will be set up at the Georgetown County Airport, which will also be hard hit by the hypothetical storm. The S.C. Air National Guard will offer assistance by bringing in resources to support mobile communications and setting up a mobile air traffic control center. F-16 aircraft will be in the area for damage assessment, while a C-130 cargo plane will be brought in to airlift supplies to victims stranded on the Waccamaw Neck. Blackhawk helicopters will be used for search and rescue operations.
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