CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard along with the members from the Charleston and local partner agencies will be holding a press briefing for Hurricane Florence preparations at the Charleston Emergency Operation Center, according to officials.
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The news release states that Mariners and those living and working near waterways must be prepared, stay informed and heed storm warnings. A significant impact could also affect port operations.
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All boaters and beachgoers should monitor the progress and strength of the storm through local television, radio and internet as the hurricane approaches, officials added. Boaters can monitor its progress and be apprised of small craft advisories and warnings by monitoring VHF marine radio channel 16.
Chief Burgess stated during the press conference that they are in areas prone to flooding cleaning drains and carefully monitoring flood levels.
The United States Coast Guard stated during the conference that they will be bringing in units from around the country to assist after the storm. Do not use social media to communicate distress, use 911 or radio. Remove personal locator beacons from vessels to avoid false distress alerts, officials added.
Jim Lake, the Director of the Consolidated 911 Center in Charleston County reminds residents not to call 911 for power outages or flooding.
Adverse weather effects generated by a tropical storm or hurricane can cover an area hundreds of miles wide. Recreational boaters and commercial vessels outside of the direct path of the storm are advised to be aware of weather conditions and to take appropriate precautions to stay safe, according ot the news release.
People in distress should use 911 to request assistance whenever possible. Social media should not be used to report life-threatening distress due to limited resources to monitor the dozens of social media platforms during a hurricane or large-scale rescue event.