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CURRENT EMERGENCY ALERTS and UPDATES

OCT. 11, 3 p.m.: Georgetown County moves to OPCON 5

Georgetown County government will return to Operating Condition (OPCON 5) at 3 p.m. today. Additionally, the Disaster Call Center will be deactivated at that time.

OPCON 5 indicates normal, day-to-day operations.

OCT. 9, 12 p.m.: Georgetown County moves to OPCON 4

Georgetown County government moved to Operating Condition (OPCON) 4 at noon today in preparation for potential impacts related to Hurricane Michael. OPCON 4 indicates an “alert” status in preparation for a possible threat. The county’s Emergency Management Division, in conjunction with S.C. Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, is monitoring the situation closely.

Currently a strong Category 2 hurricane, Michael is expected to intensify into a Category 3 before making landfall along the Florida Panhandle sometime on Wednesday, Oct. 10.  Michael will then rapidly lose strength as it passes over land, becoming a Tropical Storm by the time any impacts are felt in our area.

The Georgetown County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has not been activated, but key staff are in place, reviewing operational plans and making preparations. Staff will keep the public updated as the situation evolves via its website, www.gtcounty.org, and social media accounts (@GtCountySc and @GCEMD).

OCT. 5, 4 p.m.: Georgetown County moves to OPCON 5

Georgetown County government has moved to Operating Condition (OPCON) 5 as of 4 p.m. today.

OPCON 5 indicates normal, day-to-day operations.  The County's Emergency Operations Center is no longer activated, but will be staffed during normal business hours.

 

RECEIVE EMERGENCY ALERTS

Georgetown County residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up to receive emergency information (such as boil water notifications and other vital information for their area) through the CodeRED notification system. Choose to receive information via phone, text message or e-mail.

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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

 

Websites:

Other Important Web Sites:

The information provided in the following web sites may be useful, although not all of the listed sites are official government sites and may not be completely up-to-date or accurate.

HURRICANE WATCHES AND WARNINGS

TROPICAL STORM WATCH:

An announcement that tropical storm conditions with sustained winds of 39-73 mph are possible within the specified area within 48 hours.

TROPICAL STORM WARNING:

An announcement that tropical storm conditions with sustained winds of 39-73 mph are expected somewhere within the specified area within 36 hours.

HURRICANE WATCH:

An announcement that hurricane conditions with sustained winds of 74 mph or higher are possible within the specified area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds.

HURRICANE WARNING:

An announcement that hurricane conditions with sustained winds of 74 mph or higher are expected somewhere within the specified area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds.

COMMON TERMS:

  • EVACUATION - Is mandated by the Governor for requiring evacuation of everyone within a certain evacuation zone.
  • TROPICAL DEPRESSION - Is a tropical cyclone in which the maximum sustained surface wind speed is 38 mph or less.
  • TROPICAL STORM - Is a tropical cyclone in which the maximum sustained surface wind speed ranges from 39-73 mph.
  • HURRICANE - Is a tropical cyclone in which the maximum sustained surface wind speed is 74 mph or higher.
  • STORM SURGE - An abnormal rise in sea level accompanying a hurricane or other intense storm, and whose height is the difference between the observed level of the sea surface and the level that would have occurred in the absence of the cyclone. Storm surge is usually estimated by subtracting the normal or astronomic high tide from the observed storm tide.