Horry county agencies prepare for Tropical Storm Erika

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW)- Horry County leaders will keep their eye on Tropical Storm Erika but will remain prepared because of the uncertainty of the storm’s path.

The local chapter of the American Red Cross spent Thursday calling in volunteers so they are prepared and ready if needed. Red Cross leaders say they already have 50 volunteers who are available and ready.

Coordinators say they will hold training sessions on shelter operations and disaster assessment Friday and Saturday.

“We have been asked to be prepared to open the 18 shelters in Horry County should the governor decided to do a hurricane evacuation. So we are taking those steps here locally to ensure our volunteer base is ready,” Disaster Manager Lou Palm said.

The Red Cross will also send volunteers to Columbia this weekend to help state leaders assess the storm.

“What we do there is try to make an assessment of how wide any disaster is. You know our scope of the disaster and we work with our local governments and partners so that we can get people the help they need,” Volunteer, Sylvia Conant said.

Horry County Emergency leaders also watch the storm. They encourage residents to have supplies ready and to know your zone.

“We are doing are part to make sure that we’re prepared. We’re always preparing for the unexpected but whenever the citizens are also kept in the loop and kind of preparing before it just makes it almost a seamless transition.” Communication Specialist Brooke Holden said.

For more information about how to determine what zone you’re in, click here.

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