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Wednesday, emergency responders practice for a hurricane in Dorchester County.

The scenario will involve pre-landfall activities in preparation for a major hurricane which will be projected to make landfall near the Charleston peninsula. 

The primary objective for this exercise is to test the alternate emergency operations center and the staff's ability to effectively manage information and coordinate resources.  Also,  the center's management team will be working through a new process to develop an action plan for the next day.

"As hurricane season is underway, it is important that we test our capabilities in the emergency operations center and identify our areas for improvement as a means for developing corrective actions to turn these areas into strengths," a spokesman for the county said. 

This year's emergency exercise will be conducted at the Alternate Emergency Operations Center in St. George County Council Chambers. 

Exercises run from  9:00AM to  3:00PM. 

 

Charleston County's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) staff will also participate in the annual, full-scale exercise. The drill scenario is a pre-landfall hurricane, so the focus will be preparing for an evacuation and storm damage. There will be a "power outage" at some point so staff will have to utilize non-electronic means of communication.

 

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