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Emergency Operations Center monitors Bikefest, tropical depression

Horry County staff stay alert of situations at Emergency Operations Center (Source: Amy Lipman) Horry County staff stay alert of situations at Emergency Operations Center (Source: Amy Lipman)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – The Horry County Emergency Operations Center, or EOC, has been running since Friday afternoon to monitor both Bikefest and the tropical depression.

County staff sit next to the projection of an interactive situational awareness map, which shows the locations of the calls emergency crews are responding to minute-by-minute around the county.

The map also allows emergency management staff to record significant events, such as fires and shootings, in the map’s database for later reference.

The EOC has projections on the other side of the room of South Carolina Department of Transportation Traffic cameras.

An adjacent backup 911 center is being used for the first time to communicate about calls with the EOC.

Also close to county staff are National Weather Service meteorologists from Wilmington who are watching conditions of the tropical depression and giving emergency management frequent updates.

The system’s effects on the area are likely to be minimal, but close communication remains key to community safety.

“With a tropical system, this is a very busy time at the office and it’s also a very busy time at the EOC,” said Carl Morgan, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Wilmington. “So trying to link up with each other can be problematic. Having us here on site removes any delay.”

The EOC will be open until 3 a.m. Monday.

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