SC Emergency Management Division urges residents to get ready

brantin@thestate.comFebruary 10, 2014 

Ice forming at the beginning of the ice storm in late January.

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— State Emergency Management Division officials are tracking several forecasts as they prepare a plan for the winter storm that could start bringing freezing precipitation to the Midlands as soon as Tuesday night.

Spokesman Derec Becker said while the agency has standard preparedness procedures, specific response plans would not be finalized until the forecast becomes a little more clear, likely later Monday afternoon.

“In the next few hours, the forecast is going to get a lot clearer,” Becker said. “Right now we just don’t know.”

In advance of the expected winter weather in any form, Becker said the agency has started its routine measures that include conference calls with state agencies and notification of state employees while also making sure the various emergency response agencies have the necessary equipment on hand if needed.

“We have emergency operations plans for the state,” Becker said. “Once the emergency has begun, we try to be as flexible as we can as far as responding to it.”.

In the meantime, Becker encouraged area residents to start checking their home supplies and remain aware of any changing weather conditions.

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