State officials offer safety tips for residents to take if they didn't evacuate

Interview with Horry County Emergency Management Director

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Horry County Emergency Management Director Randy Webster said Thursday that evacuation compliance is between 75 and 80 percent.

For those who weren't able to evacuate or have chosen to ride out the storm, the South Caroline Emergency Management Division has a number of tips they should follow.

  • Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors
  • Close all interior doors and secure and brace external doors
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm. Winds will pick up again.
  • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway.
  • Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object
  • Be alert. Tornadoes are frequently spawned during hurricanes

According to the SCEMD, residents should be prepared for catastrophic flooding throughout much of the state.

  • Be aware of potential flash flooding. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move to higher ground. Do not wait to be told to move.
  • If time allows, prepare your home for a flood by moving essential items to an upper floor, bring in outdoor furniture, disconnect electrical appliances and be prepared to turn off the gas, electricity and water.
  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle could be quickly swept away.

For more information from the SCEMD, click here.

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