Marlboro County officials make preparation for Hurricane Isaias

Marlboro County Emergency Management officials are anticipating tropical storm-force winds arriving early Monday morning.
Steve Akers, director of Marlboro County E911/Emergency Management, said that the 11 a.m. advisory from the National Weather Service noted there was a westward shift with the center of the track offshore that may bring the storm closer to Marlboro County.
"The storm looks like it will be moving pretty quickly," said Akers during a Zoom Hurricane Isaias emergency response planning meeting. "Right now, they are predicting for our area, one and a half inches to four inches of rain."
The Emergency Operations Center will open at 8 a.m. Monday. It will include a representative from Bennettsville Fire Department, Bennettsville Police Department, Marlboro Sheriff's Office, Bennettsville Utilities, County Fire and Emergency Medical Services.
Akers said he will provide masks, hand sanitizer, and enough space to allow for social distancing.
A shelter will be opened as a last resort and are only opened to protect folks from flooding. 
"We don't open shelters for wind," Akers said. "We don't open shelters for the power being out. It is only to take people from flood areas."
Officials are encouraging people to sign up for CODE RED, which is free and will allow people to receive emergency notifications in the county when sent by emergency management.
To sign up, visit https://www.onsolve.com/landing/sign-up-for-codered-emergency-alerts/.
Local officials are planning to monitor the storm through the weekend and hold additional Zoom meetings to discuss preparations.

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