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Governor Haley prepares for 2014 SC Hurricane Awareness Week

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

In the Lowcountry, Governor Nikki Haley is declaring the first week of June as the 2014 South Carolina Hurricane Awareness Week.

Haley is spreading that awareness message this week, visiting several areas along the South Carolina coast.

This hurricane season is especially important given that it marks the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo. Starting next week, state and local leaders will be undergoing several exercises to prepare for hurricane season.

At a news conference in Charleston on Friday, Haley said they've focused a lot on the counties this past year, trying to see what other resources they need.

With the recent winter storms in our area, she said all of the agencies coordinated together well but they weren't prepared to see so much debris on the inland areas.

Although the state and the counties promise to do their part for hurricane season, Haley says they need the public to do their part and do it in advance.

"So it's not will it happen, it can happen and we have seen it firsthand so to make sure we have enough shelters to make sure we have the right resources, to make sure we are doing what we need to do, we certainly hope and pray every day that we don't have a hurricane but it is up to us that we don't wait for that to happen to know whether we know everything we're supposed to do," she said.

Once again, emergency officials stress having that plan in place, whether it's emergency documents or knowing which evacuation zone and car you will be traveling in, will make all the difference.

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