Disaster preparedness exercises begin in Georgetown County

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – 'Operation Vigilant Guard' kicks off Friday in various locations across the state, including in Georgetown County, where multiple agencies are taking part in the emergency response and disaster preparedness training event.

Below is a full schedule of times and locations for viewing various training exercises through this weekend, from Georgetown County's official Facebook page:

Friday, March 6 – Sunday, March 8

• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Georgetown County Airport Terminal building — This location provides a long-distance view of the expansive operations and activities taking place across the runway. This is the only location from which operations at the airport may be viewed.

Saturday, March 7

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hobcaw Point Fishing and Observation Pier — The S.C. Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (SC-HART) will utilize a Blackhawk helicopter to practice rescues, pulling "victims" from the Waccamaw River. (Please note that only Hobcaw Point Fishing and Observation Pier — the east side of the pier — will be open to the public. Winyah Pier — the western half — will be closed for use by the military as part of the operation.

• 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Carroll A. Campbell Marine Complex — Ferrying operations on the Sampit River will involve construction of a temporary floating bridge to ferry equipment and supplies.

Sunday, March 8

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., western corner of Choppee Recreation Complex, Choppee Road — Various military and agency mass casualty search and rescue operations.

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