Lowcountry counties shift to OPCON-4 as Hurricane Matthew approaches

VIDEO: Lowcountry counties shift to OPCON-4 as Hurricane Matthew approaches

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester and Georgetown counties are under OPCON 4 for Hurricane Matthew.

Operational Condition 4 is the second-lowest level of readiness and that means emergency operations staff are on alert and putting the first steps in place should the storm threaten the Lowcountry.

Officials insist it is still too early to tell whether Matthew will have any direct impact on the Lowcountry and, if it should, how intense that impact would be.

But county and state leaders are emphasizing that everyone should start preparations at home and make that game plan now while any possible impact from Hurricane Matthew is likely still days away.

Charleston County Emergency Operations Center leaders recommend the following steps:

  • Develop an emergency plan—in case anyone is separated during a disaster, create a plan for getting back together
  • Make sure that all family members know how to respond during a hurricane—like how and when to turn off gas, electricity, water. Teaching kids how and when to call 911
  • Create an emergency supplies kit, including food and water

The EOC in North Charleston has not been activated but staff members are on standby in case the weather situation changes.

Tri-County agencies are staying in the loop with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division through group conference calls and are continuing to watch as the storm's path becomes more definite.

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