Upstate agencies gearing up for possible hurricane impact - FOX Carolina 21

Upstate agencies gearing up for possible hurricane impact

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SC Emergency Management (Sep. 6, 2017/FOX Carolina) SC Emergency Management (Sep. 6, 2017/FOX Carolina)

Upstate emergency management officials are preparing for possible impacts from Hurricane Irma, which could make landfall in the Carolinas according to some forecast models.

Ahead of the hurricane's contact with the East Coast, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency out of precaution in case it were to hit the state.

After the announcement, Pickens County Emergency Management shared photos of its crews preparing for the storm.

SLIDESHOW: Upstate agencies begin hurricane preparations

Greenville County Emergency Management also said they are prepared for local inclement weather including flooding, high winds and possible tornadoes. Officials with GCEM are ready to assist in coastal counties as well, although they have not yet been asked.

Anderson County Emergency Management stated they are prepared for heavy winds and rain. ACEM has prepared the fire department to be able to conduct search and rescue missions in case of flooding. They said their main concern is power outages and debris. During the storm, they will remain in contact with energy companies in order to get the most up to date information on power outages out to the public. ACEM has also prepared a debris management team. 

Oconee County Emergency Management said they have been working with their partners to make sure all responders and vehicles are ready for the storm. OCEM also stated that they have extra water and staff in preparation for Irma. They stated that they also have specialty teams prepared, including water teams and tree cutting teams. OCEM is prepared to help within the county or to deploy their resources if they are needed elsewhere in the state. 

The South Carolina Department of Transportation activated a Hurricane Irma page on its website with resources for citizens if the storm impacts the state. Click here for more information.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control also posted on its website a plan to help families prepare for a disaster and build an emergency kit. The kit should include a week's supply of water, a four-week supply of prescription medications, a list of medical equipment, a first aid kit and insect repellent.

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