HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Emergency Management prepares the county to brace for another winter season.
"We get winter storms. We get ice storms. Just because we've seen them recently, doesn't mean it will be another ten years it could happen again this year," Randy Webster said.
Reflecting back on the two ice storms and bitter cold of 2014, Horry County Director of Emergency Management Randall Webster says his team learned what IT needed to respond to these conditions.
Webster wants others to reflect back on those lessons too.
"Take what you learned from the lessons from the last winter storm we had. See what your short falls were, see what your gaps were that you need to fill, and yes prepare accordingly," Webster explained.
This year, Webster says the findings are pointing in one direction.
"All indications are wetter, it's just what will wet be? And we just won't know until it happens. Could be another flood, we've had them before in the winter so it could be ice, could be snow, could be flood, it could be whatever," Webster said.
Emergency Management knows Horry County doesn't have the equipment to handle winter weather. SCDOT says it's ready to erase county and district lines, and send crews wherever ice and snow need to be cleared. With more than 55 thousand tons of salt available in the state, SCDOT says there will be extra emphasis on pre-treating roads too. SCDOT, Highway Patrol, Public Safety and Emergency Management are stressing open lines of communication.
"People want to know what they need to do, what's expected of them, and how we can all work together to get through this as quickly as possible," Webster explained.
Webster suggests for people to have their disaster kit ready, complete with blankets and other items to keep people and their pets. With the recent flooding and damage it left behind, he urges everyone to check on their heating units.
"If you're going to have auxiliary heat sources, and now's the time to have them maintenanced, so if you do have to use one it will be working properly for you," Webster suggested.
Webster says it's important to remember even a small winter weather event could cause a lot of problems in our area. He recommends people have a plan ready, and to share it with their family and neighbors. He also recommends for people to make sure to stay connected with Emergency Management and right here with WMBF News online and through social media for alerts.