COLUMBIA, S.C. (August 20, 2015, 9:30 a.m.) - The South Carolina Emergency Management Division will be conducting a telephone survey to better understand the needs of coastal residents who would need assistance during a large-scale emergency evacuation. SCEMD, along with the emergency managers in Horry, Georgetown, Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Colleton, Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper counties, has partnered with the United States Army Corps of Engineers to conduct this survey to determine:
- The number of functional needs citizens needing transportation during hurricane evacuations, such as low income, homebound, immobile, disabled, physically or mentally impaired, power-dependent, or any other vulnerable individuals who require special assistance during emergency evacuations.
- Locations of where these citizens live in relation to established evacuation routes.
- The type of transportation assistance required for emergency evacuation, such as ambulances, vehicles that accommodate wheelchairs, etc.
As part of this assessment, the USACE has contracted with a national professional services firm, NORS Surveys, Inc., to conduct phone interviews of citizens living in areas of the state that are most prone to the landfall of a major hurricane. This survey will assist the state’s disaster preparedness planners by identifying areas where additional effort is necessary to successfully and safely evacuate people in need of assistance.
The evacuation needs interviews will begin next Monday, August 24, via telephone. If you are contacted, please participate in this survey.