Dorchester County hosts hurricane response exercise

Dorchester County News

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) – Officials in Dorchester County participated in a tabletop exercise on Thursday in preparation for the upcoming hurricane season.

Emergency support staff from local and state agencies, the American Red Cross, the National Weather Service and elected officials reviewed a hurricane scenario and discussed how each group would respond during different parts of the storm (before, during and afterward).

The purpose was to show attendees how the county prepares for a storm and so that everyone involved understands the different parts of the emergency response process.

“We’re doing a discussion-based exercise so we can talk through issues, cross-coordinate and understand what everybody’s roles and responsibilities are when there’s an emergency,” said Mario Formisano, the emergency management director for Dorchester County.

County officials said that now is the time to get prepared for hurricane season before it begins on June 1. Residents can review their evacuation zone and learn how to create a disaster supply kit by visiting the Dorchester County website.

The county is also hosting a hurricane preparedness expo at the Lowe’s Home Improvement store at 9600 Dorchester Road in Summerville, on June 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. To learn more about it, visit the event page on the county website.

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