HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Do you know your Zone - your hurricane evacuation zone, that is? Starting this week, Horry County Emergency Management is hosting several town hall meetings to make sure everyone knows how to get away from the coast if tropical weather hits.
According to the WMBF First Alert Weather Team, we are nearly at the peak of hurricane season, and while a storm hasn't made landfall in our area in the last decade, Horry County Emergency Management says this isn't the time to get complacent. In fact, they encourage everyone to know their evacuation zone, have a plan, and be prepared.
"Our main goal is to make sure before leaving the town hall meeting, each and every person knows which zone they are located in, and with the map we have been able to show them the evacuation zones, zones A, zone B, zone C," said Brooke Holden, an Horry County Emergency Management representative.
For 2016, Horry County Emergency Management launched the "Know Your Zone' a hurricane preparedness campaign, with a series of town hall meetings to remind those who live in Horry County, and even those who visit the area, to have an evacuation plan.
So far this season, Horry County hasn't seen a significant impact from tropical weather, but that could quickly change as we move closer to the peak of the season. Holden stated, "Right now, this is the prime opportunity to reiterate the information, and let folks know, we're staying on top of it , Horry County is staying on top of it, and we want you to also plan and prepare."
With the 'Know Your Zone' campaign, the county has also added new social media platforms to keep the public information, during an emergency.
"So this year we have our Facebook and twitter social media pages, and these accounts can keep the help people get information 24/7 on their phone or online, and it's just keeps the information constantly flowing," explained Holden.
The town hall meetings scheduled throughout Horry County will provide residents and visitors with detailed information about what evacuation zone they live in, and what that means to them during an emergency situation. "As a resident you know which zone you are located in, and so that matters when there is a mandatory evacuation," said Holden.
Emergency management officials will go over the county's map that highlights the specific evacuation zones, and also help you come up a hurricane plan to help keep you and your family safe.
In addition to the evacuation zones and maps, officials also plan to discuss hurricane preparation tips, shelter information, emergency supply kit info, and important phone numbers to have.
Holden said, "At least by having a local map handy, and mapped out you will be better prepared in knowing where you are going or at least which direction."