The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season started Sunday, and officials in South Carolina are now enlisting the help of the public in gauging storm damage.
The Department of Health and Environmental Control has developed programs allowing people to provide photos and other information about both storm damage and unusually high tides from their smartphones, tablets or computers.
The original intent was to develop a program for municipal officials and coastal regulators. But collecting information from the public allows more eyes on the coast.
“The more we started thinking about it, we wanted to design something that enabled the general public to provide us with valuable information,” said Dan Burger, the director of DHEC’s Coastal Services Division.
So MyCoast with two programs, Storm Witness and King Tides, is available by going to http://mycoast.org/sc.
A look at the programs:
Why Use the Programs?
More Technical Stuff
Will the Programs be Used?