Hurricane Florence: Local And State Information (Updated List)

Here is local and state information that you may need to know in regards to Hurricane Florence.

PREPARATIONS:
If you have not made any preparations, it is critical that you do so now. You should be able to sustain you and your family for three days. Pick up necessary supplies now.

FREE SAND:
The City of Dillon has free sand available for individuals at the city shop on First Avenue. Dillon County has free sand available for individuals at the old prison farm on Highway 9 East at Hopkins Road. Residents must bring their own bags and own shovels and load sand themselves. You may not take truckloads of sand. This is for individuals who may need a few bags of sand for the hurricane/storm.

PUBLIC SCHOOL:
All Dillon County Public Schools will be closed from Tuesday until further notice. The Dillon District Four School Board meeting on Monday, September 17 has been canceled.

MUNICIPALITIES:
CITY OF DILLON—There will be no trash pick-up on Thursday as city workers prepare for the storm. The City of Dillon will announce any curfews via Facebook® if they feel that a curfew is needed. Residents are urged to check their catch basins and drains and if covered, please uncover. Residents are also urged to make plans for their animals. Also, sightseeing is discouraged as this posed a huge public safety problem during Hurricane Matthew. Mayor Todd Davis said do not try to take your vehicle where boats should be and also please do not go out in your big truck and create waves that go into businesses, etc.
CITY OF DILLON CURFEW
The City of Dillon will be under a curfew beginning Friday night, September 14th from 8:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning and Saturday night, September 15th from 8:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. Sunday morning.
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TOWN OF LATTA—A State of Emergency has been declared in the Town of Latta. When the power goes out, the Town of Latta has a 7:00 p.m. curfew until further notice.
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TOWN OF LAKE VIEW—When the power goes out, the Town of Lake View has a 7:00 p.m. curfew until further notice. Also, if you have an emergency in the Town of Lake View, call 9-1-1, not the police department or the town hall.

COUNTY
Dillon County declared a state of emergency on Wednesday at an emergency meeting. Due to Hurricane Florence’s nearing approach to our area, Dillon County Government plans to be closed Thursday and Friday, September 13th & 14th. Re-opening will depend upon the storm and its aftermath.

SHELTERS:
DILLON—A shelter opened at Dillon Middle School at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday. No cots. Bring your own supplies.
LAKE VIEW—A shelter opens at Lake View High School at 8:00 a.m. Thursday. No cots. Bring your own supplies.
LATTA—A shelter opens in Latta at the Old Latimer school at 8:00 a.m. Thursday. Latta’s shelter is open to Latta and the surrounding communities or those who need shelter.

DISASTER DISTRESS HELPLINE:
A disaster or tragedy is unexpected and often brings out strong emotions. The Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 can provide immediate counseling to anyone who is seeking help in coping with the mental or emotional effects caused by Hurricane Florence in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. The helpline can also be accessed at http://disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/. The Helpline is a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week resource that responds to people who need crisis counseling after experiencing a natural or human-caused disaster or tragedy.

SOUTH CAROLINA EMERGENCY HELPLINE
South Carolina’s emergency helpline is now active around the clock. Anyone with questions related to Hurricane Florence should call the Public Information Phone System at 1-866-246-0133.

BURNING BAN
With the approach of Hurricane Florence, the South Carolina Forestry Commission will issue a State Forester’s Burning Ban for all counties, effective at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12. A State Forester’s Burning Ban prohibits all outdoor burning, including yard debris burning, campfires and burning for forestry, wildlife or agricultural purposes in unincorporated areas. While open-fire cooking is not included in the ban, the Forestry Commission strongly advises all citizens to be extremely vigilant until the ban is lifted.

PRICE GOUGING
Report price gouging. Report instances of price gouging to the police and the Office of the Attorney General by emailing reports to [email protected], or calling (803) 737-3953.

DAM AND RESERVOIR OWNERS
–Owners and operators of reservoirs statewide should check their dams and take appropriate steps to safely lower the water levels Sept. 10 and through the next several days in preparation for potential problems caused by heavy rainfall from Hurricane Florence, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. If problems develop such that failure of the dam might be imminent, the owner or operator of the dam should contact local public safety officials, downstream property owners and DHEC Dam Safety Program staff at 803-898-1939.

OTHER CLOSURES, DELAYS
-FMU will be closed Tuesday, Sept. 11, through the passage of Hurricane Florence. All University events, including home and away athletic events, have been postponed during that period.
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The chicken bog and bake sale to benefit Renata Williamson, a breast cancer patient, scheduled for September 14th has been rescheduled for September 28th from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at the Dillon County Fire Department due to the impending bad weather. Tickets will be honored on September 28th. The event is being held by Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Continue to monitor The Dillon Herald’s website, www.thedillonherald.com or The Dillon Herald’s page on Facebook® and Twitter for updated information. In addition, please monitor local city Facebook® pages and pages of local public officials for further instruction.

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