The American Red Cross prepares to open shelters

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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The American Red Cross and Horry County both say they’re ready to deal with any potential impacts from Hurricane Florence. The Emergency Operation Center was activated on Sunday, and law enforcement, fire officials and EMS gathered at M.L. Brown to discuss their plans.

“We want folks to know we’re taking this storm seriously and they should too,” said Horry County spokesperson Kelly Moore.

“The EOC has been activated. We’ve got most of the folks there. Everything is in place and we’re making sure everything is ready,” said emergency management spokesperson Gina Vasselli.

American Red Cross volunteers are preparing to open 16 shelters throughout Horry County. Disaster manager, Lou Palm, says the American Red Cross was given disaster relief numbers to purchase supplies and staff the shelters throughout the county.

There will be enough shelters in the county to hold 12,000 people. “The shelters hold up to 1200 people, some hold as little as 500,” he said.

“People need to start preparing now. “Think back to last week if anyone watched the Darlington Race, that’s close to the winds that this storm is bringing to our coast,” he said.

The American Red Cross wants to remind you that no animals are allowed at the shelters, and to make plans for your pets now.

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