Horry County preps for winter storm

Horry County started planning early for the winter storm headed our way and preparing to take care of everything that may come along with this winter weather.

For the county, planning for any storm is all about communication.

"We start with allotted meetings. We have a lot of conference calls with the National Weather Service trying to get a good feel for the storm and what to expect," Horry County Spokesperson Lisa Bourcier said.

Issues that may come up during the storm are discussed during those calls.

Specifically for this storm, road conditions are the main concern. The county will be responsible for treating all county maintained roads using a sand-based treatment. That will begin Tuesday morning.

The emergency operations center for the county will open Tuesday at 8 a.m. at the M.L. Brown Public Safety Building. That will serve as the main headquarters for all essential personnel.

"We're bringing in certain functions of the EOC. Transportation, public works, the airport, mass care, communications, law enforcement, fire rescue. So we'll have various entities throughout county government there to troubleshoot any issues that come within the next 2 days," Bourcier said.

The county runs on an emergency operating scale (OPCON) from 1 to 5, with 5 meaning an emergency situation isn't likely. As of Monday night, the county was operating under a Level 3, but that will change Tuesday morning.

"We'll move our operating condition level to a 1, and we will maintain that as needed throughout the storm. So depending on how it goes, we could be open well into Wednesday as well," Bourcier said.

South Carolina may not see as many winter storm events as other parts of the country, but that doesn't mean they're not prepared.

"We're going to treat this event like we treat any other event, whether its a hurricane. We're going to all work together and pull resources in order to troubleshoot any issues that we have," Bourcier said.

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