Governor Nikki Haley, along with state and local leaders, met Friday to remind the public how important it is to be prepared for any kind of natural disaster, but especially during hurricane season which starts June 1.
Federal forecasters are expecting this hurricane season to be slow. They're predicting eight to 13 named tropical storms and three to six hurricanes, but emergency officials say everyone along the coast must still be prepared.
On Friday Governor Nikki Haley addressed the fact that this September will be the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo. Gov. Haley says if history repeats itself, disaster kits need to be ready to go.
"Horry County is ready and the state and all of our agencies are ready, we need the people to be ready," said Gov. Haley.
Governor Haley says being prepared for a hurricane means not only having a first aid kit, but a disaster plan as well.
"Do you have your important papers in a box where you can grab it easily? Do you have a family plan? Do you know which car you're going to take? Do you know what your evacuation route is, know your zone?" Gov. Haley asked.
Horry County Emergency Management Director, Randy Webster, said citizens need to be prepared every year, regardless of the forecast.
"We know we've had hurricanes, and we will have hurricanes, we don't know when," said Webster.
People need to know which zone they reside in A, B, or C, which is furthest inland
, as well as which route to take during an evacuation.
Webster says the main highways to escape on are "always numbered: (Hwy) 9, 22, 501, 544, or 17 south to Georgetown."
Evacuating can take up to 20 hours to complete, so having the car filled with gas, extra batteries, plastic containers for food, and pet and baby care items is important.
Hurricane season begins on Sunday and last through November.
Click here for more evacuation information, or call 843-915-5150.