HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – If a disaster strikes, manmade or natural, your community will need funding to rebuild. Some grants are only available to participants with a mitigation plan.
Since many areas in Horry County do not have the resources to study and build an individual mitigation plan, the Horry County Emergency Management team updates one that everyone can use.
The Horry County Multijurisdictional All-Hazards Mitigation Plan is a 352 page document and encompasses all areas within the county lines.
"It is really a FEMA pushed project, that encourages a jurisdictions to look at the vulnerabilities and threats they face both natural and man-made and assess different critical facilities, the risk to individual homeowners, and promote the idea of being prepared and mitigate against those types of hazards," explained Ashley Carroll, the Mitigation & Operations Program Manager.
The plan points to obvious dangers for coastal cities, such as hurricanes and flooding. But it also digs into the chances of earthquakes, tsunamis, and cyber terrorism.
The team also looks at different critical facilities, such as airports, police stations and hospitals to determine if they could survive certain storms.
The emergency management division sorts through all of these factors every five years to update the mitigation plan.
"We get new and better technology and data. We certainly want to address hazards and make sure what we're putting out to the public is as accurate as it can possibly be," said Carroll.
It is not just town officials taking part in the plan. Water, telephone, and electric companies also participate with the county's plan, along with local schools so they can prepare for emergencies and also be able to apply for funding if a disaster strikes.
Carroll pointed out the cities of Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach operate with their own mitigation plan.
The mitigation plan will be sent to FEMA for a six month evaluation process before the county will officially adopt it.
Download and read the complete, 352-page Mitigation Plan here by clicking the link below.
WARNING: This is a VERY large, 91-megabyte PDF file: