Staff and budget cuts worry SC emergency managers

Charleston, SC - CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Staff and budget cuts are a concern for South Carolina emergency managers as the height of another hurricane season approaches.

Derrec Becker of the State Emergency Management Division says state budget cuts means the agency will have to do a lot more with a lot less money and fewer people this hurricane season.

He says within the last 18 months, the agency has lost a third of its staff and now has only 61 employees. And he says in the worst case, there could be more cuts.

The cuts come at an inopportune time.

Forecasters predict very active hurricane season in the Atlantic this year. It's been 21 years since the state took a major hit from a storm - Hurricane Hugo in 1989.

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