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SC Emergency Management Division (SCEMD)
South Carolina is exposed to a number of natural perils, as is every state.  The principal concerns where we live are hurricanes, thunderstorms, severe winter weather, floods, and earthquakes (although there has not been a significant earthquake in South Carolina since 1913, they can occur, and the state experiences some 10-15 recordable earthquakes each year).

SCEMD does an outstanding job of publishing information that will help you prepare for natural disasters.  That agency spends several months each year developing and fine-tuning its Hurricane Guide, and that foldout, as well as a companion Earthquake Guide, provides concise checklists for everything you need to know and do.

SCEMD updates the South Carolina hurricane guide about June 1 of each year, the start of the Atlantic hurricane season.  The Myrtle Beach Sun News usually inserts the new guide in its June 1 edition. The most recent version available is at this link>>Hurricane Guide
DHEC, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, publishes an excellent checklist that every homeowner should examine and consider: DHEC Hurricane Preparedness Checklist.

The SCEMD website,, offers helpful information on preparing for other perils and disasters. 
Horry County "Know Your Zone" is an important publication that provides hurricane preparation tips, evacuation routes and tips, shelter information, the "Know Your Zone" map, and important phone number.  This publication is provided each year as an insert in the Myrtle Beach Sun News newspaper.  Look for it the first of June.
You can find everything from how emergency traffic is managed to the specific plan for emergency alerts and notification on the website of the Horry County Comprehensive Emergency Plan.
The National Hurricane Center of the National Weather Service posts the Hurricane Tracking and Prediction maps and charts of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  This site offers a wealth of advisory and educational information.

FEMA – “Get Ready Now”
In addition, the website of FEMA’s Ready campaign,, contains guidance and checklists for every type of catastrophe imaginable.  Small printed foldouts containing guidance and checklists are available from the Lifestyles Director, with the following  titles:
  • Preparing Makes Sense.
  • Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Special Needs.
  • Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies Makes Sense.
  • Preparing Makes Sense for Older Americans.

A few questions often asked by Seasons residents are the following:

How is my roof protected from high winds?
Roof trusses of the homes at Seasons are fitted with hurricane straps, as required by the South Carolina Building Code.  This construction, among other attributes, enables insurers to cover your property for wind and hail in homeowner’s policies.

Should I buy hurricane shutters?
Hurricane shutters are an investment that typically runs $1,500-$1,800 for homes at Seasons.  They do provide excellent protection from high winds, not only for glass breakage, but also against windborne objects in a hurricane.  You can find merchants who sell and install hurricane shutters in, under Seasons Recommends.  Insurance companies give a discount for hurricane shutters, typically between 4 and 10 percent of the premium, for that portion of the policy insuring against wind.  You might also consider garage braces.  The definitive word is a NOAA website dedicated to this topic:  Hurricane Shutters.

What is our evacuation route?
You will find a map of evacuation routes in the Horry County "Know Your Zone" publication.  We are in Horry County Zone B.  According to the authorities, we are to take US 17 south through Georgetown and then take US 521 to SC 261 to US 378 to Columbia.  Alternatively, we may take US 17 south to US 701 in Georgetown to SC 51 to US 378 at Kingsburg.
Mandatory evacuation is ordered only by the governor of South Carolina.  The timing is staged with an objective of full evacuation before the onset of tropical force (not hurricane) winds.
An important thing to know about mandatory evacuatiion is that once you begin travel on the evacuation route, there is no turning back.  You must continue until you are outside the evacuation zone and you will not be allowed to elect alternative routes.
Is the route the same for both mandatory evacuation and voluntary evacuation?
There is no such thing as voluntary evacuation.  If you decide to leave before the governor declares mandatory evacuation, you can take any route you want.  Either way, the objective of your trip is to reach a point - any point - that is outside the evacuation zone, as shown on the Horry County "Know Your Zone" map.

Should I buy flood insurance?
We do not live in a FEMA-designated floodplain, so flood insurance is not required to obtain a mortgage.  Nevertheless, many homeowners invest the approximately $400 annual premium for flood insurance.  We live in a low-lying area among many ponds and only a few miles from the ocean. 
An informative website is:
This web page has been approved by the Board of Directors of Seasons at Prince Creek West Community Association, Inc. (the HOA).  The web page is maintained for the HOA by the website manager, an unpaid homeowner-volunteer.