Haley talks hurricane preparedness
Fri, 08 Jun 2012 13:50:00 GMT —
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley stopped in Horry County Friday to talk about two big changes in hurricane preparation for the 2012 Hurricane Season.
Governor Haley specifically promoted the "Know Your Zone" campaign.
She said you need to know what evacuation zone you're in, since new maps draw-in a much larger area and more people than ever before.
And, with evacuations no longer being voluntary, people need to understand that when it's time to go, it's really time to go.
"I think that people in South Carolina are smart enough to know that if we're saying it's a mandatory evacuation, you need to get up and get your family out and go. This is not a time to be superman, it's a time to make sure you're taking care of your family," said Governor Haley.
Haley said she would work closely with local officials before ordering an evacuation, since making that call would cost millions in lost tourist revenue.
Myrtle Beach leaders said their hands are tied when tourists cancel reservations based on forecasts for a hurricane that may end up having little impact.
"We have to make sure that we stay on top of getting information out when people call in. Other than that, we really don't have any way to do anything about the loss of revenue," said Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes.
Emergency management officials said they have to walk a fine line between considering the economic impact of a storm on tourism and the safety needs of residents.
In the end, it comes down to credibility.
"If we make poor choices, poor decisions on our end this storm, that's going to impact the next storm in a negative way. So, we understand that and we just push forward, each and every storm as it presents itself and give the best possible recommendations that we can," said Horry County Emergency Management Director Randy Webster.
The governor says it's also about personal responsibility. If she makes the call for an evacuation, people should know it's for a good reason.
And people here on the coast need to take it seriously.
To see the new evacuation zone maps, click here.
We'll have everything you need to know about hurricane season in a special that will air June 28th at 7 p.m.