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“It’s built to be self-contained, self-sufficient, for three to five days if anything goes around us,” Webster said. “And [it would] still be able to operate and handle hurricane related issues.
When the building is not serving as a hurricane hub, it will be the new headquarters for County Emergency Management and 911 offices. The County Police Department and Horry County Fire-Rescue will not move out of their existing facilities, and space that had been occupied by emergency management and 911 personnel will be used for training.
Fortunately, Webster said the location change won’t require a lot of relocation as much of the equipment will be new.
With hurricane season already here, county and state officials are also urging residents to prepare.
“The price of living in paradise the way we do is that we have to conform to what nature sends us,” Governor Henry McMaster said during a visit to Conway on Friday.
McMaster met with county emergency management personnel and other local and state leaders to discuss the 2022 hurricane season.
Statewide preparations in Palmetto State began in February, SC Highway Patrol Lt. Col. Travis Manley said. Officials across the state have held numerous meetings and held table discussions over the past three months.
Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season.
While NOAA’s forecast was released three months after South Carolina officials began their preparations, SC Emergency Management Division Director Kim Stenson said preparedness procedures are n hadn’t changed.
“We have to prepare with everything the weather service tells us. We just have to do this,” Stinson said.
South Carolinians are no strangers to hurricanes affecting their homes, though the state was spared last year. Yet officials hope for the best and prepare for the worst.