South Carolina emergency officials are looking back at their actions during Hurricane Florence to improve services during future disasters.
“So far we’ve not unearthed any systemic failures in our emergency management system we have in South Carolina,” state Emergency Management Division Director Kim Stenson said. “But any time you go through an emergency operation you find things that probably need to be at least worked on a little bit and improved for next time.”
Stenson said lessons learned during the Florence response in September can be used any time. One of the big issues SCEMD faced during response to hurricanes Florence and Michael this year was how to manage all the information it received during the event.
“We get so much information and data out in the field,” he said. “Whether it’s social media, whether it’s local intelligence from the local county level or the municipal level and then certainly state agencies, so trying to assimilate all that information, put it all together, making it actionable (is) what we think our next steps are going to be.” [Read more…]