SOUTH CAROLINA (WTOC) - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has declared a state of emergency ahead of any potential impacts from Hurricane Dorian. He says residents in South Carolina should be preparing ahead of the possible storm.
The executive order allows state and local emergency management agencies to begin mobilizing assets and resources to be staged along the coast ahead of any potential impacts, according to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division.
“State assets are being mobilized now and Team South Carolina is working around the clock to be ready, if necessary. We encourage all South Carolinians who may be impacted by Hurricane Dorian to be vigilant and prepare now – there is no reason for delay,” Gov. McMaster said in a statement.
One Palmetto State resident spoke with WOTC, saying that the uncertainty of the storm is why her family prepares early. They have lived in Hilton Head for the last couple of hurricanes.
“I’ve been here for five years now and Hurricane Matthew was our first ever hurricane we ever had to deal with," said Katelynn Ruiz. "We’re from Ohio and we were scared.”
Ruiz says after Matthew, she and her family learned a lesson and have learned to plan way before these storms.
“We have plenty of water. Plenty of snacks we have plenty of ya know...the goods.”
Governor McMaster says while this storm is still so unpredictable, the state wants to prepare for any scenario that could happen.
He says the declaration in place also authorizes state and local emergency management agencies to begin mobilizing assets and resources to be staged along the coast ahead of any potential impact from Hurricane Dorian.
“Our emergency operation center is in full activation at noon tomorrow," said Bob Bromage with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. "All of our emergency services partners-that’ll be law enforcement State government, Beaufort county government, public utilities, fire EMS, and other governmental entities are all in the same room.”
McMaster says they encourage all South Carolinians who may be impacted by Hurricane Dorian to be vigilant and prepare now.
Ruiz says they are a step ahead of Dorian.
“Do not prepare at the last minute. Fill up your gas tanks now. get your water. Your bread, your eggs, I never knew what that meant but do it anyways. Get all of your belongings and everything you need. Get your cash ready to go and get a plan because you never know what’s gonna happen.”