Georgetown County Emergency Management will host five hurricane preparedness workshops in June, open and free to all residents.
Those who attend the events “will learn about the things that every person who lives on the coast, and near the coast, needs to know,” said Jackie Broach, public information officer for Georgetown County.
“They’ll learn what they can do ahead of time to prepare for a hurricane, since you can never prepare too early.”
Many locals already have plans in place for their families, businesses and civic clubs in the event of a disaster, but man’s best friend frequently gets forgotten. The workshop will provide tips and tricks for taking care of pets in case disaster strikes.
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“People remember to plan for their family members, but not for their pets,” Broach said. “That’s a big thing.”
Unlike past years, the workshop has been spread all over the Waccamaw Neck to allow for more people to attend – especially residents who live slightly off the coast.
“We decided we would do something different than the past because it’s not just the people on the oceanfront that need to worry about hurricanes and flooding.,” Broach said. “If we have a major hurricane make landfall, life does not get back to normal the next day. That’s why people really need to take this seriously.”
Frank Johnson, chief meteorologist at WBTW in Myrtle Beach, will present information at the Murrells Inlet location.
The workshops are all from 6-7 p.m. on the following days and locations:
• June 3 at Beck Recreation Center, 302 Gilman Road, Pawleys Island.
• June 4 at the Murrells Inlet Community center, 4450 Murrells Inlet Road, Murrells Inlet.
• June 5 at the Waccamaw Regional Recreation Center, Parkersville Park, Pawleys Island.
• June 6 at the N. Santee Community Center, 1484 Mt. Zion Ave., Georgetown.
• June 7 at the Plantersville Community Center, 1458 Exodus Drive, Georgetown.
Birds bounce up spring activities
Locals and tourists can enjoy the colorful nature of special Painted Bunting Walks this week, presented by the Center for Birds of Prey. The walk includes daylong admission to the bird center, a view of the wading bird rookery with nesting ibis, egrets, herons, anhingas and wood storks, along with a glimpse at spring hatching of various species.
Bunting walks are every Saturday in May and begin at 8 a.m. The tours are $20 and open to the public.
On May 11, celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with special activities and the unveiling of what’s billed as the nation’s first radar-enhanced raptor viewing observation deck. Sidney A. Gauthreaux Jr., professor emeritus at Clemson University, will premiere the new deck, a component of the S.C. Coastal Hawk Migration Survey.
The center is located at 4872 Seewee Road, Awendaw, 35 miles south of Georgetown. It’s open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, with guided tours at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Admission is $12 adults, $10 ages 6-18. Save a spot for the bunting tour by calling 971-7474 and get more information at www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org.