Horry and Georgetown County leaders move to OPCON 4 for Tropical Storm Erika

HORRY and GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW)- Horry and Georgetown County leaders announced moves to OPCON 4 as they continue to watch Tropical Storm Erika.

OPCON 4 indicates an “alert” status in preparation for a possible threat.

In a release, Horry County spokeswoman Lisa Borucier said, since our area is in the 5-day error cone, Horry County moved to Operating Condition Level 4 (OPCON 4) for precautionary measures due to Tropical Storm Erika.

OPCON 4 puts Horry County on “Alert” status, which means county officials have begun discussions with key local and state agencies.

The Horry County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is NOT active at this time, however Horry County Emergency Management will continue to monitor changes in the forecast and take appropriate as necessary.

In Georgetown County, as of noon Friday, the county’s Emergency Management Division staff says it will continue to monitor Tropical Storm Erika. The county’s Emergency Operations Center will have limited activation during this time.

The county’s Emergency Management Division, in conjunction with S.C. Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, will provide updates on the storm as needed.

Both agencies do encourage residents to review what and emergency supply kit should contain:

• Non-perishable food
• Drinking water (two gallons per person per day)
• Flashlights with extra batteries and bulbs
• First aid kit
• Non-electrical can opener
• Necessary medications and prescriptions
• Needed supplies for any children
• Needed supplies for any pets
• Important documents (insurance policies, photo ID, tax records, bank information, etc.)
• Toiletries and other personal hygiene items
• Cash and credit cards
• Weather radio with extra batteries

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