Horry County Emergency Management officials held their first of three town hall meetings about hurricane preparedness Tuesday night in Little River.
With a crowd of nearly 100 people, Horry County Emergency Management Director Randy Webster presented the newest hurricane information to interested residents, including those who've been to these meetings in the past.
"If there's something new to know, I want to know it," said Longs resident Julie Berger.
This year, Webster wants Horry County residents to know that federal officials completed a study in 2012 that showed storm surge affects a larger portion of our area than previously thought, so people who weren't in an evacuation zone before, may now be.
"It looked at all the issues involving hurricane impact to us from storm surge to a behavioral study that tells us how people may react," Webster said.
Webster said this means it's extremely important for all residents to see if they're affected by the change and have a plan in case disaster strikes.
"People need to figure out where they're going to go as plan A, then what's plan B if that shelter's full, where's my next option, it could be in Marion County, Dillon County, Florence County," Webster said.
He was pleased with the outcome of the first meeting and hopes the rest go just as well.
"I'm really excited about coming to do the town halls, because people do ask questions and they have the opportunity to interact, and that will usually make someone else ask a question. We really kind of get to the nuts and bolts of things when that happens," Webster said.
There are still two more town hall meetings you can attend:
August 6th at 7 p.m. at the South Strand Recreation Center on Scipio Lane in Myrtle Beach.
August 13 at 6 p.m. at the James R. Frazier Community Center on Bucksport Road in Conway.
Click here for a link to the zone map and information about the changes.