The state’s emergency response team is standing by in the Emergency Operations Center, which was activated Wednesday. While the South Carolina coast has dodged a direct hit, officials say as long as there is a hurricane watch activated, the “nerve center” of the state’s safety and recovery network will be too.
“Since this is such a wide storm and the National Weather Service is predicting wind gusts up to 60 miles an hour, that can create some hazardous conditions on our coastline. There’s a tropical storm watch in effect for much of the beach from Edisto Beach up to the North Carolina line,” Becker explains.
The state’s emergency response team, made up of officials from various state agencies, are ready to send relief or resources to affected areas in South Carolina, or other states. But the aid has to be requested, says Becker. Emergency response is left up to local leaders first.
Gov. Nikki Haley says she is in contact with North Carolina officials to see how the state can help.