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Governor McMaster orders evacuation, so here's important information regarding the re-entry process

Governor Henry McMaster has ordered a mandatory evacuation for Zones A, B and C for the entire South Carolina coastline.  This includes the City of Myrtle Beach.  Evacuations begin at noon tomorrow, Tuesday, September 11.  Here’s what you’ll need to know for identification and re-entry into Myrtle Beach….

RE-ENTRY PROCESS

Level I Access (Safety):  All public safety officials and personnel having key roles in life safety and the restoration of services essential for providing life safety operations immediately following a disaster will be allowed to enter the impacted areas. This would include: law enforcement, fire rescue, military, hospital/medical staff, public works, building and code enforcement, debris contractors, and public utilities.

Level II Access (Security):  This allows for the re-entry of critical support groups, relief workers, shelter support employees, State certified (SLED) security officers, healthcare providers, and support personnel designed to support Level I personnel in securing businesses, critical facilities and homes, and to begin the recovery process.

Level III Access (Recovery):  Residents, business/property owners and insurance personnel shall have access to areas deemed safe by local authorities. All Level III personnel will be required to follow the re-entry identification requirements found in Section C of this procedure.

IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED

Residents should have proper identification to gain admittance during Level III reentry. This identification may include a valid government issued photo identification card showing the location of their property. For out of state property owners with residential or commercial properties within the affected area a valid government issued photo identification card and current documentation to verify the need for re-entry. This documentation can be a utility bill, deed, property tax bill, etc.

Business owners/operators will need proper identification to gain admittance during Level III reentry. This identification includes a current business license, company photo identification card, lease documents or other official documents showing the location of the property and a valid government issued photo identification card.

Essential staff/employees will need proper identification to gain admittance during Level III reentry. This identification includes a valid business or government issued photo identification card and an essential employee authorization letter on official letterhead/stationary provided by the business. This letter should include a request for admittance, the employee’s name and be signed by the business owner/operator.

Local, state, federal, and non-government organizations (NGOs) that provide disaster relief and support should provide proper photo identification documents for all staff members responding to a disaster location. Any questions or concerns should be forwarded to the Horry County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for verification.