MONCKS CORNER, S.C.- (WCBD) The Berkeley County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will move to OPCON 2 at 12 p.m. Monday, September 10, 2018.
OPCON 2 means a disaster or emergency situation is in effect, and the County is operating at a maximum preparedness level, according to officials.
Berkeley County Council will meet this evening to further discuss County preparations ahead of the storm, according to Public Information Officer Hannah Moldenhauer .
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency Saturday afternoon. The latest track from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is attached. South Carolina residents are encouraged to prepare for the storm now.
The news release states that the Berkeley County leaders have been meeting and discussing preparations for any potential impacts Hurricane Florence could have on South Carolina. While the path of the storm is still uncertain, it may pose a threat to Berkeley County.
The County is closely monitoring the storm and will be coordinating a response if necessary. Berkeley County leaders are encouraging citizens to prepare and be proactive.
Berkeley County opened a citizens’ information line at 8 a.m. Saturday. By calling 843-719-4800, residents can get updated information from the County’s Emergency Preparedness Department. Additionally, citizens can report issues the County should be made aware of.
Berkeley County distributed sandbags to the following locations this morning, Moncks Corner Fire Department, Pine Ridge (Myers Rd Station), Lake Moultrie, Hanahan Fire Department (by town hall), Whitesville (Sunview Station). Residents are responsible to fill the bags, and the sand is available on a first come, first serve basis.
Berkeley Animal Center temporarily stopped accepting animals on Monday, September 10.