Friday, July 4 2014 1:13 AM EDT2014-07-04 05:13:34 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF/RNN) – A tropical storm warning has been issued for Horry and Georgetown counties. The National Hurricane Center issued the alert Wednesday just before 5 p.m. Winds are currentlyMore >>
Arthur has made landfall near Cape Lookout, North Carolina. The storm steamed just east of the Cape Fear Region Thursday afternoon and evening. More >>
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach Red Cross officials are on standby, they're holding conference calls, and the trucks are packed and ready to go. All this is to prepare for whatever damage Tropical Storm Arthur may bring, but there's the lack of people to work it. WMBF News has been told if Arthur or another disaster hits our area this week, there is a shortage of volunteers to respond to the emergency.
Director of Public Support Nanci Conley says the organization is about 100 volunteers short of where they need to be to properly handle disaster response. This volunteer shortage can be all the difference in a mass emergency situation, especially since the Red Cross heavily depends on volunteers to function. Ninety-six percent of the workforce is made up of strictly people volunteering their time.
If there is extensive damage from Arthur or another natural disaster, then the Red Cross will have to rely on volunteers from other areas of the state to come in and help. Since it involves traveling to get here, the concern is that solution takes more time, and in a mass emergency, the responses in the first few hours are some of the most crucial.
Now that we're already dealing with our first named storm of the hurricane season, Red Cross officials are making calls to volunteers for help.
"We're doing call downs to see what volunteers are available," said Conley. "Just because we have almost 300 volunteers does not mean that everyone's available to work at this point and time. So we continually need to have people trained."
Getting volunteers to join the Red Cross is a lengthy process that doesn't happen overnight. The organization not only needs volunteers, it needs trained volunteers for an emergency, and that training can take up to 7 hours. It's an extensive process to make sure that a volunteer is ready to be one of the first respond during a mass disaster like a hurricane. Right now they need volunteers to help with the jobs that handle preliminary mass care, food and shelter, and mass feeding.
Conley says the timing is what matters now.
"Arthur is here," explained Conley. "The training needs to happen for volunteers before the events. So we're asking people now to continue to think about it."
The next scheduled training is for July 15th. If there is a group of six people of more that are interested, then the Red Cross will set up a special time for you and come to where you are.
Call 843-477-0020 for more information on how to volunteer, or go to this link:
Monday, September 15 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-09-16 03:14:40 GMT
CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) - The last 12 months have been especially active for Lorenzo Taliaferro. A year ago he was in the early stages of a senior season at Coastal Carolina that would end with him tying orMore >>
Two weeks in, former Coastal Carolina standout is getting used to a new life in a new league.
Monday, September 15 2014 10:04 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:04:04 GMT
ROBESON COUNTY, NC (WMBF) - A shooting suspect has escaped from the law enforcement center in Robeson County. Hakeem Andrea Johnson , 23, took off on foot Friday night after being questioned by authoritiesMore >>
A shooting suspect has escaped from the law enforcement center in Robeson County.
Hakeem Andrea Johnson , 23, took off on foot Friday night after being questioned by authorities for a crime that happened September 9, according to Major Anthony Thompson.More >>
Monday, September 15 2014 9:57 PM EDT2014-09-16 01:57:55 GMT
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A new store will open its door in the Coastal North Shopping Center of North Myrtle Beach. Versona, a division of Cato Corporation, will open its newest store on Thursday,More >>
Versona, a division of Cato Corporation, will open its newest store on Thursday, September 25, according to a news release issued by the company.More >>
Monday, September 15 2014 9:09 PM EDT2014-09-16 01:09:42 GMT
HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The Horry County Solicitor's Office has announced the retrial date, regarding the death of a Myrtle Beach police officer. The retrial of Luzenski Allen Cottrell, in the deathMore >>
Jurors are expected to be selected on Wednesday for the retrial of the man convicted of shooting a Myrtle Beach police officer to death.More >>
Monday, September 15 2014 7:46 PM EDT2014-09-15 23:46:40 GMT
DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - Two men wanted in connection with a murder were arrested in Darlington on Monday. Quentin Joshua Gibson, 23, and Antonio McCoy Gregg, 24, were captured by the Darlington City PoliceMore >>
Two men wanted in connection with a murder were arrested in Darlington on Monday.More >>
Monday, September 15 2014 7:34 PM EDT2014-09-15 23:34:32 GMT
Horry County, SC (WMBF) - Chris Davis has big ideas for this even bigger piece of land. Ever since Horry County announced earlier this year it was considering a gun range off International drive, theMore >>
Ever since Horry County announced earlier this year it was considering a gun range off International Drive, the gears in a former soldier's head have been turning.More >>
Monday, September 15 2014 7:22 PM EDT2014-09-15 23:22:05 GMT
ATLANTIC BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A man wanted in connection to drug possession has surrendered to authorities. Jamie Lamont Riggins, 32, of Longs turned himself in on September 9, according to Atlantic BeachMore >>
A man wanted in connection to drug possession has surrendered to authorities.More >>
Monday, September 15 2014 7:02 PM EDT2014-09-15 23:02:38 GMT
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Everyone should be able to get on the beach, but not everyone has access, especially those who are physically disabled. Improving our beaches has always been a focus inMore >>
Everyone should be able to get on the beach, but not everyone has access, especially those who are physically disabled. Improving our beaches has always been a focus in Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach. Now, grant money from the Department of Health and Environmental Control is allowing beach access to become more of a priority.More >>
Monday, September 15 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:20:13 GMT
GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A vote up for discussion tomorrow night could have local schools outsourcing substitute teachers. Local economists are seeing this trend continue as more industries transitionMore >>
A vote up for discussion Tuesday night could have local schools outsourcing substitute teachers in Georgetown County. Local economists are seeing the trend continue as more industries transition to temp agencies.More >>
Monday, September 15 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:00:43 GMT
More than 1 million Kidde smoke detectors have been recalled by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.The following models have been recalled:Model i12010SModel i12010SCOModel i12010SCO TheMore >>
More than 1 million Kidde smoke detectors have been recalled by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.More >>