COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) On Tuesday and Wednesday, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division is hosting their statewide disaster exercise and practicing the procedures enacted when a hurricane makes landfall on the Palmetto State.
In cooperation with county emergency managers, the South Carolina Emergency Response Team will test their ability to respond and recover in the aftermath of hurricane.
This training event is held each year practicing updated procedures, and the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) will be fully activated for the duration of the exercise.
The exercise events are scheduled as follows (from the SCEMD):
Tuesday, June 5
SCEMD, in conjunction with the Department of Public Safety and a number of other state and local agencies, will test hurricane evacuation plans. This will include lane reversal procedures for Interstate 26, US 21, US 278, US 501 and SC 544 in the event of a mandatory coastal evacuation order. The exercise should not interfere with the flow of traffic.
Intersections will not be blocked, and motorists will be allowed to move freely. However, the Highway Patrol cautions motorists traveling in these areas to exercise caution and be aware that law enforcement officers and state personnel will be located on the shoulder of the highway and at exits. The exercise will last from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note that no traffic lanes will actually be reversed during this exercise.
Wednesday, June 6
The SERT will be exercising plans and procedures designed for actions after a hurricane makes landfall. Initial damage assessment, the reentry of residents to an affected area and the beginning stages of the disaster recovery effort will be examined and tested during this critical phase of the exercise.
Hurricane season began on June 1 and lasts through November 30.