MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The South Carolina Emergency Management Division is monitoring the development of Tropical Storm Erika, and preparing resources to respond if the storm does turn into a hurricane and head toward the Palmetto State.
"South Carolina residents and visitors in potentially vulnerable areas should review their plans and consider actions they would need to take if the storm threatens the state," a news release from the SCEMD states. "Everyone should monitor the storm via local news media and follow updates from the National Hurricane Center, especially people in low-lying areas along the South Carolina coast."
Local and state agencies have been notified by SCEMD to be ready to respond if the need arises.
"We're watching Tropical Storm Erika very closely. There's still a lot of uncertainty in the forecasts," SCEMD Director Kim Stenson said "If it looks like this storm is going to affect South Carolina we want everyone to be ready. Now would be the time to review your emergency plans just in case."
The SCEMD's 2015 S.C. Hurricane Guide is available at South Carolina Welcome Centers, Walgreen's stores statewide, and online at scemd.org.
Follow SCEMD for the latest updates on emergency response to Tropical Storm Erika: