Pawleys Island health center to open for residents impacted by flooding

Pawleys Island health center to open for residents impacted by flooding
A Tidelands health center hopes to help those impacted by flooding.

GEORGETOWN, SC (WCSC) - Tidelands Healthpoint Center for health and fitness in Pawleys Island is opening its doors to first responders and residents impacted by Hurricane Florence flooding.

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The center will offer its showers and fitness facilities to impacted residents for no cost during the duration of the flooding. Shampoo, towels and hair dryers are available.

“This is another way our health system can support the community during a very difficult time,” Kim Vanlandingham, operations manager at Tidelands Healthpoint said. “In these kinds of circumstances, something as simple as a warm shower or a workout can really improve quality of life and boost morale.”

Residents and first responders should be ready to show identification at the front door located at 12964 Ocean Highway. For more information, call 843-237-2205

The center’s hours are 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Weekend hours are 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

While Georgetown County officials have already asked people to evacuate ahead of the expected Waccamaw River flooding, they still want to make sure people who live in the county have protected their homes as best they can.

You should remember to take pets, prescriptions, paper, personal needs and valuable times with you if possible. Make sure to move items to a higher floor, turn off gas if you can do so safely, disconnect electric services, and don’t touch electrical equipment if its wet.

Don’t attempt to cross roads, walkways or bridges where its not possible to tell how deep the water is or if the surface is damaged underneath. Don’t go around cones or barricades.

Below are some additional tips

If Trapped

In a Building

  • Go to the highest level of the building but do  not climb into a closed attic because you might become trapped by rising  water.
  • Go onto your roof only if necessary and signal  for help.

In a Vehicle

  • If floodwater is blocking your evacuation route  but you can turn around safely, turn around and go to a building on high  ground.
  • If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving  water, stay in the vehicle. If water is rising inside the vehicle, try to  climb to the roof and signal for help.

Outdoors

  • Move to higher ground and climb as high as  possible on a sturdy object if necessary.

If You Evacuated

  • Return home only when local officials say it is safe  to do so.
  • Be aware of areas where floodwaters have  receded and watch out for debris.
  • Do not drive through areas that are still  flooded.

If You Stayed in the Area or As You Return

Inside Safety

  • Stay out of any building, including your home  that is surrounded by floodwaters.
  • Use extreme caution when entering flooded  buildings; there could be hidden damage. Protect yourself from electric  shock, mold contamination, asbestos, and lead paint. If you turned off  your electricity before evacuating, consider contacting your local power  company or a qualified electrician to help with turning the power back on  and making your property safe from electrical hazards following the flood.  Check for loose boards and slippery floors.
  • Don’t touch electrical equipment if it is  wet or you are standing in water.
  • Use flashlights, not lanterns, torches, or  matches, to examine buildings. Flammable gases may be inside the structure  and open flames can cause a fire or explosion.
  • If you turned off your gas, a licensed  professional is required to turn it back on.
  • Carbon monoxide exhaust kills. Use a generator or  other gasoline-powered machine ONLY outdoors and away from windows so the  fumes don’t get inside. The same goes for camping stoves; cook only with  charcoal outside.

Outside Safety

  • Stay away from moving water, especially near  rivers, streams, drainage systems, and coastal areas.
  • Avoid wading in floodwater which can be  contaminated with oil, gasoline, or raw sewage.
  • Watch for dangerous debris (broken glass,  metal fragments), dead animals, alligators, or venomous snakes that might  be in the water.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report  them to 9-1-1 or the power company’s emergency number.
  • Stay away from damaged areas.

Health and Sanitation

  • Listen to local authorities to make sure your  water is safe and a boil water advisory is not in effect.
  • Service damaged septic tanks and leaching  systems as soon as possible.
  • Have wells checked for contamination from  bacteria and chemicals.
  • Clean and disinfect everything that got wet  using protective equipment such as gloves, safety glasses, and face masks.
  • Throw out any food, including canned goods,  that was not maintained at a proper temperature or has been exposed to  floodwaters. Do not eat food from a flooded garden. When in doubt, throw  it out.
  • Remove and replace any drywall or other paneling  that has been under water. Use a moisture meter to make sure that wooden  studs and framing are dry before replacing the drywall.

Insurance

  • Photograph damage to your property – inside and out  – and contact your insurance agent.

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