COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) - The South Carolina Emergency Management Division is still preparing for the impact Hurricane Florence will have on the East Coast.
According to SCEMD, the operations center is online and staffed 24 hours a day with emergency personnel from various emergency agencies.
As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, SCEMD has made the following preparations:
- The South Carolina National Guard has more than 2,100 soldiers and airmen on duty and 50 members of the State Guard
- DOT and DPS have reversed 100 miles of I-26 and 20 miles of US 501
- DOT has more than 3000 team members assigned to the event.
- Today, there are 450 State Law Enforcement Division officers on duty
- The Department of Public Safety has 666 oficers on duty
- Ordered 125 buses to be staged in Orangeburg to deploy if needed
- There are currently were 35 emergency shelters open throughout the state with over 1,800 occupants (find current openings here)
- The Air Operations Branch has seven aircraft staged to provide aerial reconnaissance over designated evacuation routes
- FEMA Incident Management Assistance Team is on site
- Provided items such as sandbags and generators to counties as requested
- Beginning at 11 a.m. state law enforcement officers began enforcing lane reversals from the coast
- Clemson Livestock Poultry Health has activated Memorandums of Agreement with the ASPCA and National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition to deploy emergency pet shelter staff, animal search and rescue and animal related damage assessment teams as needed
- At 9 a.m. SC Department of Natural Resources began river sweeps.
- Activated “Emergency Mode” on scemd.org and SC Emergency Manager mobile app.
- The Public Information Phone System has been activated. Citizens can call 1-866-246-0133 for emergency information.
SCEMD urges residents and visitors in potentially vulnerable areas to monitor official forecasts for Hurricane Florence from the National Hurricane Center.
Residents should also take these safety precautions:
- Have a plan for where you will go if conditions become too unsafe to remain in your home.
- Know your evacuation zone by going to scemd.org or downloading the SC Emergency Manager mobile app.
- Prepare your home by boarding up windows and securing any items you have in your yard by taking them indoors.
- Make sure your car has fuel.
- Make sure you have some cash in case of power outages.
- Keep all of your important papers in a watertight bag.
- Check with your pharmacy to make sure all important medications are filled.
- Make plans for your pets that include extra food, collar, leash and a pet carrier.
- Refer to the preparedness checklists in the 2018 S.C. Hurricane Guide.
The path of the storm is still uncertain, so residents still need to monitor local media and verified social media accounts from public safety agencies for information.