Do You Remember These Hurricanes?
Oct. 5 - 18, 1954
Sept. 9 – 25, 1989
Sept. 7 - 19, 1999
Aug. 9 – 15, 2004


Planning for a Disaster

The Little River Chamber of Commerce is part of the Myrtle Beach Area Recovery Council whose mission is to restore in a timely manner the area's tourism industry after a man-made or natural disaster.  The Area Recovery Council was formed after Hurricane Hugo in 1989.  Founded as the Hugo Economic Recovery Committee and later renamed ARC.  After Hugo, the council through private donations raised $1.6 million dollars to positively advertise and promote to the public that the Grand Strand had survived and did not sustain the damage as widely reported.  

It takes hard work to offset the affects of a disaster such as a Hurricane.  Continuity of your business operation is key.  Do you have a plan?  What will you need?  What is your supply chain? What are your processes and procedures to deal with no electricity or employees that can't get to work? These are just some of the questions you need to think about when disaster strikes.  

There are models and templates available through free resources to help you create your plan, not only for business, but for home safety as well.  They help you identify key things your business needs and assists you with identifying hazards that you may not have considered.  70%-80% of businesses never re-open after a hurricane or other disaster because they have not don this planning.  Be one of the 20% that survives.

Including business continuity planning in your business plan can assist you with business loans in addition to emergency planning.  Commercial lenders will see your forsight and comprehensive vision as a complete package and worth their risk.  Planning guarantees the future.

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Horry County Government Emergency Management

Horry County Emergency Management has a lot of great information online available to aid you in the time of a disaster, such as recovery planning and assistance. We encourage you to read through their information before a disaster strikes. Learn more about hurricanes, flooding, local Emergency Alert System Notifications, and their comprehensive emergency management plans.

Emergency Alert System Notification (EAS)

Useful Phone Numbers

  • Horry County Emergency Management at (843) 915-5150.
  • If you have storm-related questions, you can call 1-866-246-0133.
  • For information about state-maintained road conditions, call 1-855-467-2368 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Public Information Phone System (PIPS) - Only activated when needed. Spanish interpreters available. 1-800-246-0133
  • Citizens who need to report any road and drainage issues, please call the Horry County Road & Drainage Hotline at (843) 381-8000.
  • FEMA 800-621-3362
  • Tips for calling
    • Texting will often go through when calls won’t, try texting.
    • Because of how calls are routed from different area codes, a cell phone with an out of town area code will often work when other phones won’t. 
    • Using Telephone Lines Efficiently After a Disaster - When you pick up the receiver, there's no dial tone. You will immediately think your phone is dead. Now what will you do? 

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  • Code Red Alerts - be notified by your local emergency response team in the event of emergency situations or critical community alerts. Examples include: evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices, and missing child reports.
  • FEMA - text or email

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