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What will you do if an evacuation order is issued? Officials say now is the time to plan

HC Emergency Management:Right now folks need to make sure they're prepared, (WPDE/Sydney Glenn)

Wednesday, Gov. Henry McMaster issued a State of Emergency for South Carolina ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Food and supplies are going quickly, as people prepare for any potential impacts from the massive storm.

Right now is the time to be asking yourself: Am I prepared for a hurricane?

It's time to get a hurricane kit together, have a disaster plan and know what you would do if an evacuation order were to be issued.

Related: Don't panic, prepare: Planning ahead for potential Hurricane Irma impacts

First, you need to Know Your Zone.

Evacuation zones are based solely on storm surge potential.

As of Wednesday, no evacuation orders had been issued for the state of South Carolina.

Even if you are not in an evacuation zone, you should still consider leaving if you don't feel safe and an evacuation order were to be issued, Brooke Holden with Horry County Emergency Management said.

"We're talking strong winds, heavy rainfall with these type of storms so if you don't feel comfortable in the structure that you're in and you don't live in Zone A, B, or C it still may be applicable to you to evacuate," she said.

You will not be told where to evacuate, just what routes will be used. Lane reversals will also go into effect in some places.

Upon returning you will need proof of residency.

People in Horry and Georgetown Counties can be in evacuation zone A, B or C.

HORRY COUNTY ZONES:

Evacuation areas for ZONE A include:

  • All areas east of U.S. Business 17 up to the intersection with US 17
  • All areas east of U.S. 17 to the northern county line
  • Also includes all flood prone areas along the Waccamaw River and the Great and Little Pee Dee Rivers, as well as all mobile home residents within Horry County.

Evacuation areas for ZONE B include:

  • Areas South of Highway 707 and Longwood Drive
  • Areas in Longwood Plantation (Blackmoor) to the Waccamaw River
  • All areas east of US 17 Bypass to US 17

Evacuation areas for ZONE C include:

  • Areas between Hwy 701 and Hwy 544
  • South of Brown's Chapel Avenue and Hwy 814
  • All areas east of Highway 31 (Carolina Bays Parkway) to Hwy 90
  • All areas east of Highway 90 to US 7 to the northern county line

Click here for an interactive Know Your Zone map for Horry County.

GEORGETOWN COUNTY ZONES:

Evacuation areas for ZONE A include:

  • East of Highway 17 to the Atlantic Ocean from the South Santee River and North to the Horry County line, including Sandy Island
  • East of Dawhoo Lake and South of Walker Road and Powell Road to the South Santee River
  • All low-lying areas along the Waccamaw River, Great Pee Dee River, Black River, and Sampit River South of Highway 521 (17A), including Maryville
  • All mobile home residents in the county

Evacuation areas for ZONE B include:

  • East of Dawhoo Lake and South of Walker Road to Powell Road to the South Santee River
  • On the Atlantic Ocean side of Powell Road to Alt. US 17 to Highway 521 to Brick Chimney Road to State Highway 51 to Black River Road ending at the Black River
  • All low-lying areas along the Waccamaw River, Great Pee Dee River, and Black River, and all areas East of them to the coast
  • All mobile home residents in the county

Evacuation areas for ZONE C include:

  • East of Dawhoo Lake and South of Walker Road to Powell Road to the South Santee River
  • On the Atlantic Ocean side of Powell Road to Alt. US 17 to Highway 521 to Sawmill Road to Indian Hut Road to Carvers Bay Road (State Highway S-22-4) to Plantation Hill Road (State Highway 261) to Old Pee Dee Road to the Northern County Line
  • All mobile home residents in the county

Click here for a Know Your Zone map for Georgetown County.

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