Horry Co. goes over 2013 hurricane outlook

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County's Local Emergency Planning Committee is learning more on how to be prepare themselves and the community in the event of a hurricane for the 2013 season.

Randy Webster is the Director of Horry County's Emergency Management he spoke to the crowd about 30 county emergency personnel.

"While it's important to understand it maybe a busy year we've had several busy years. My message is to everyone let's get ready for the storm that does impact us. Whatever year it is because we have the same risk every single year," explains Webster to the group.

Webster is taking into account the hurricane forecast expert Dr. Gray put together. Dr. Gray is predicting 18 named storms, nine hurricanes, and four major storms this season.

Webster said according to the forecast it could be similar to 2004 and 1996 with hurricanes Bertha, Fran and Charlie.

The county will be continuing the "know your zone" campaign, which aims to get people familiar with their new evacuation zones.

Sonia Shariff lives in Conway and she admits to feeling uneasy about the unsettled weather this past year, "I don't know my zone, but I know the route I take to evacuate if I need to. I never have, thankfully I haven't had to do that."

Also new this year emergency leaders won't just be focusing on labeling the category of a storm, but the surge after it hits.

The Horry County Emergency Management has also vowed to work more closely with the business community in light of a disaster.

"Part of our goal is to stabilize the disaster and get the economic engine moving again. To do that the business community has to be involved and has to be able to support everyone once reentry has started. That's another focus we are working toward in order to expedite to be efficient about recovery process and get the community back up and running as quickly as possible," said Webster.

Chuck Heinzman from Conway who has lived in the area for 20 years said he isn't worried, "I stay here through all of them haven't left yet."

Hurricane season officially begins June 1.

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