Georgetown County hosts final two hurricane preparedness workshops

cbyun@thesunnews.comJune 20, 2013 

The final two community hurricane preparedness workshops available this month are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, hosted by Georgetown County Emergency Management.

The workshops, which are free and open to the public, will give residents information on changes to evacuation zones and procedures and an overview of this year’s hurricane predictions, and will allow participants to ask questions. Hurricane guides and emergency planning information will also be available.

The two workshops were originally planned for earlier this month, but were canceled over concerns brought on by Tropical Storm Andrea.

The first workshop will be held Monday at North Santee Community Center, 1484 Mt. Zion Ave., Georgetown. The second is Tuesday at Plantersville Community Center, 1458 Exodus Dr., Georgetown. Both sessions begin at 6 p.m. and will last about an hour.

Georgetown County Emergency Management has participated in similar hurricane workshops on the Waccamaw Neck in past years. While most people focus on areas east of Highway 17 during hurricane season, storm surge could affect areas well into Georgetown and flooding could pose life-threatening danger even in the western reaches of the county. Flooding is one of the greatest threats in a hurricane or tropical storm.

For more information, visit Georgetown County’s website at www.gtcounty.org.

Contact CLAIRE BYUN at 626-0377.

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