Emergency Information

FOR A PERSONAL EMERGENCY, CALL 911

2015 FLOOD INFO:

If you were impacted by the recent flood, apply for aid at   or 800-621-3362 & have this information ready:

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Correct and timely information is critical during a community-wide state of emergency. It is wise to plan ahead of these situations and have multiple means to receive information including television, radio, internet, and wireless mobile device. It is strongly advised that local residents subscribe and follow the local government Facebook pages because it may be the only way for us to communicate when there may be an outage with electricity, internet or cable.  It will also be easier for us to post remotely. And with regional event, Georgetown may not receive sufficient attention from the Charleston and/or Myrtle Beach media. This should include all local agency social media feeds listed below. 

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City of Georgetown Facebook

Georgetown City Police Department Facebook

Georgetown City Fire Department Facebook

Georgetown Times/ South Strand News Facebook

Georgetown County, S.C. (Official Page) Facebook

Georgetown County Emergency Management Facebook

South Carolina Emergency Management Division Facebook

 

RECEIVE EMERGENCY ALERTS

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Georgetown residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up to receive emergency information (such as boil water notifications and other vital information for their area) through the CodeRED notification system. Choose to receive information via phone, text message or e-mail.

Sign up for emergency alerts through CodeRED

 

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Georgetown County Information Hotline:  (843) 545-3900 (for the latest storm information*)

Georgetown County Emergency Management: (843) 545-3273
Georgetown County Emergency Management is the official liaison between the State Emergency Management Division and other state agencies during emergencies and disasters. When a local state of emergency occurs, the County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is mobilized to coordinate local law enforcement, EMS, fire departments and others for planning, response, recovery and mitigation activities. Additionally, Georgetown County Emergency Management coordinates services with volunteer groups such as the American Red Cross and Salvation Army to care for the citizens and visitors in Georgetown County. This will include being the lead local agency with Federal resources (i.e. FEMA) during Presidential declarations.

S.C. Department of Transportation Information: (888) 877-9151 Toll Free

Shelter Information: (866) 246-0133 Toll Free

 *available 24 hours a day when the county's Emergency Operations Center is activated

RADIO:

Georgetown – WGEO-FM 105.7  (Georgetown Emergency Operations Radio managed by City Fire Department)

Georgetown – WGTN 1400 AM

Charleston – WIWF 96.9 FM

Charleston – WEZL 103.5 FM

Myrtle Beach – WYAV 104.1 FM

Myrtle Beach – WLFF 106.5 FM

 

WEBSITES:

City Hurricane Evacuation Routes, Shelters & Info

Georgetown County

FEMA

FEMA (Spanish)

Georgetown County Hurricane Evacuation Zones

Planning for Pets (SCEMD)

 

OTHER IMPORTANT WEB SITES:

The information provided in the following web sites may be useful, although not all of the listed sites are official government sites and may not be completely up-to-date or accurate.

S.C. Emergency Management Division – Situation reports and news releases
SC Department of Public Safety  – Traffic information
SC Department of Transportation (SCDOT) –  Evacuation Routes  & Traffic cameras
National Weather Service
National Hurricane Center
S.C. Educational TVPublic television
S.C. Insurance News Service

 

HURRICANE WATCHES AND WARNINGS

TROPICAL STORM WATCH:
An announcement that tropical storm conditions with sustained winds of 39-73 mph are possible within the specified area within 48 hours.

TROPICAL STORM WARNING:
An announcement that tropical storm conditions with sustained winds of 39-73 mph are expected somewhere within the specified area within 36 hours.

HURRICANE WATCH:
An announcement that hurricane conditions with sustained winds of 74 mph or higher are possible within the specified area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds.

HURRICANE WARNING:
An announcement that hurricane conditions with sustained winds of 74 mph or higher are expected somewhere within the specified area. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds.

COMMON TERMS:

EVACUATION – Is mandated by the Governor for requiring evacuation of everyone within a certain evacuation zone.

TROPICAL DEPRESSION – Is a tropical cyclone in which the maximum sustained surface wind speed is 38 mph or less.

TROPICAL STORM – Is a tropical cyclone in which the maximum sustained surface wind speed ranges from 39-73 mph.

HURRICANE – Is a tropical cyclone in which the maximum sustained surface wind speed is 74 mph or higher.

STORM SURGE – An abnormal rise in sea level accompanying a hurricane or other intense storm, and whose height is the difference between the observed level of the sea surface and the level that would have occurred in the absence of the cyclone. Storm surge is usually estimated by subtracting the normal or astronomic high tide from the observed storm tide.