Post Hurricane Re-Entry Procedures, Debris Removal & Safety Tips
Posted by Century 21 Thomas Blogger | Sunday, October 9, 2016


Horry County has a re-entry process and debris removal guide for after a hurricane or other disaster strikes.

Below is a detailed break-down of the countys re-entry process, from the countys Emergency Management Department disaster guide:
The Horry County Hurricane Re-Entry process is designed to promote and facilitate the timely re-entry of its residents.

Re-Entry will only be allowed after public officials determine that a certain level of safety has been achieved. Keep in mind that there may be isolated areas within the County which may remain closed for safety precautions.

Residents (Owners/Tenants) and Business (Essential Personnel)

Residents and business owners will be allowed Immediate access Into the area once It is DEEMED SAFE. Law enforcement officers may establish checkpoints during re-entry. Returning residents, essential employees and business owners will be required to show proper identification, Including driver's license, company ID cards, or documents showing ownership/rental of business.
If your business is in an evacuation zone you can start planning now for the re-entry of essential employees by reviewing the Horry County Re-Entry Plan at

In cases where an address on a driver's license does not correspond to the area being entered, other documents such as utility bills, mortgage deeds, property tax documents, and car registrations will be accepted at established checkpoints.

Remember, re-entry could be a slow process and people are asked to remain patient and to use caution when returning to the area.

Debris Removal

Horry County does not provide daily curbside pickup, however, after a major debris generating hurricane, the County may consider curbside pickup of residential debris. Should curbside pickup be initiated, the above graphic illustrates the proper way in which to sort debris.
After a hurricane. residents can remove storm related debris themselves by taking it to any of the Horry County Solid Waste Authority's Recycling Convenience Centers.
Residents who live within the limits of an incorporated municipality (such as Myrtle Beach, should contact their local Public Works Department for debris removal procedures.
For recycling center locations or more Information, please contact the Horry County Solid Waste Authority at 843-347-1651 or their website at
Safety after a hurricane

Below are tips for staying safe after turning home, from the Horry County EMD:
Do not touch fallen or low-hanging electrical wires:
  • Avoid puddles with wires in or near them
  • Do not touch trees, cars or other objects in contact with power lines
  • Be especially cautious in the dark

Avoid flooded areas:
  • Low lying areas, canals, ditches and streams
  • Do not attempt to drive in flooded areas - the depth of the water and the condition of the road is not always obvious
  • Moving water is especially dangerous
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers
  • Do not operate charcoal grills, propane camping stoves or generators indoors
  • Do not confront looters and persons with guns and other weapons call the appropriate authorities
  • If you discover bodies - do not touch or move them - call the appropriate authorities
  • Wash your hands often using clean water and soap
  • Check your home

More tips from the Horry County EMD on what to do when you return home:
  • Look for cracks in roof, foundation, walls, etc.
  • Check for loose or slippery boards
  • Thoroughly check for broken gas lines before turning on gas service
  • Thoroughly check for broken or exposed electrical wiring before switching on electrical service
  • Check with professional heating/AC company before switching on central air conditioning.
  • Flood water (especially salt water) is corrosive to the compressor/heat pump (outside unit).
  • Contact your home owners insurance agent - take pictures for insurance purposes
  • Throw out moldy items that are porous (rotten wood, carpet padding, fabric furniture, etc)

Water safety
This information comes from the Horry County EMD:

Drinking water:
  • Boil and purify water thoroughly if you suspect it may be contaminated
  • Check with local authorities before using tap water
  • Use bottled water if possible

Help after a hurricane
These tips also from the Horry County EMD:
  • Emotional recovery (physical and emotional) is very important:
  • Shock, fear and disbelief are frequent emotions right after a disaster
  • Anger, moodiness, and depression are normal reactions in the days, weeks and months after a disaster
  • Children are especially vulnerable to emotional reactions
  • Seek assistance from family, friends and professionals
  • Contact professional contractors for repairing homes check references (not everyone offering repair services is qualified or licensed)
Check with local authorities (and radio & TV stations) for disaster recovery assistance services:
  • Professional and volunteer agencies
  • Financial
  • Grants
  • Loans
  • Legal
  • Temporary housing
  • Job loss

More details on the Re-Entry Procedures
Once the Governor rescinds the mandatory evacuation order; the Emergency Management Director will activate the Re-Entry Plan. Re-entry will be conducted in phases beginning with allowing those with Level I access into the impacted areas to restore essential services and infrastructure. Municipalities may enforce their own identification procedures at jurisdictional access checkpoints if they deem it necessary.

Level I Access
All public officials and personnel having key roles in life safety and the restoration of critical services after a disaster will be allowed to enter the impacted area. All Level I personnel will be required to present and wear in full view an authorized employee identification badge. No personal vehicles will be allowed to enter impacted areas during Level I access, except governmental personnel reporting for official business.

Level II Access
This allows for re-entry of critical support groups, relief workers, State certified (SLED) security officers, healthcare personnel, business owners/essential staff, insurance adjusters and any other person(s) authorized by the jurisdiction to provide services or reduce economic loss. All Level II personnel will be required to present and wear an authorized employee identification badge at the checkpoints.

Level III Access
Residents and business operators shall have access to areas that have been deemed safe by the authority having jurisdiction. When possible, every effort should be made to safely assist these persons to their property if access is limited. All residents and business operators must show proper identification and documentation to enter an impacted area. Residents with special needs shall be assisted back into their dwellings once sufficient support services are available to sustain and assist their recovery efforts.

Re-Entry For Residents & Property Owners
Residents should have proper identification to gain admittance. This identification may include a valid government issued photo identification card showing the location of their property. For out of state property owners with residential or commercial properties within the affected area(s) they must show a valid government issued photo identification card and current documentation to verify the need for re-entry. This documentation can be a utility bill, deed, property tax bill, etc.

Re-Entry for Business Owners & Essential Employees
 Business owners/operators will need proper identification to gain admittance to impacted areas such as a current business license, company photo ID card, lease documents or other official documents showing the location of the property and a valid government issued ID card.

Essential staff/employees will also need proper identification such as a valid business or government issued ID card and an essential employee authorization letter on official company letterhead provided by the business. This letter should include a request for admittance, the employees' name and be signed by the business owner/operator. 

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