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June 23, 2023

Storm Preparedness Resources Shared at Second Annual Warriors in Disaster: Hurricane Connection Forum Hosted by Myrtle Beach Area Chamber

michael hesbach, sam hodge and jamie arnold sit as panelists at the warriors in disaster hurricane forumMYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—With hurricane season upon us, now is the time to get prepared. This cautionary advice was echoed throughout the second annual Warriors in Disaster: Hurricane Connection Forum held on June 22, 2023, at the Horry-Georgetown Technical College Conference Center in Myrtle Beach.  

“The key to weathering any storm lies in preparedness,” said Cindy Gettig, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (MBACC) executive vice president of business development. “During the  forum, our residents and businesses owners received critical insight to face a hurricane, including how to develop a well-thought-out emergency plan, what essential supplies are needed in advance and where to find available services before and after a storm strikes.”

The forum was hosted by the chamber and sponsored by Claremont Property Company, which specializes in large loss restoration projects, and Palmetto Protection Films, which provides window films that prevent shattering glass.

Joining the sponsors were 14 companies on exhibit that provide various emergency and recovery services, including A Fiberglass Solution, American Red Cross Eastern SC, BELFOR Property Restoration, Carolina Energy Conservation, Claremont Property Company, EDS Waterproofing & Restoration, Joint Task Force K9s, Kelly O'Brien Insurance Agency Inc., Palmetto Protection Films, PuroClean of Myrtle Beach Inc., Restoration 1, Servpro of Horry & Georgetown Counties, Spann Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., and Vigilant Restoration.

In addition, three expert panelists shared their best practices for safely weathering a hurricane: Jamie Arnold, chief meteorologist with WMBF, Sam Hodge, director of Horry County Emergency Management, and Michael Hesbach, executive director with Eastern South Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Key takeaways from the Hurricane Connection Forum included:

  • Run from water, hide from wind
  • Know your evacuation zone and have an evacuation plan
  • Take inventory of your property now and make any necessary updates to insurance
  • Tune into local news and weather resources for the most reliable information
  • Stock your hurricane kit prior to a threat of a storm

For additional resources on preparing for a hurricane visit the chamber’s Hurricane Resource Center MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com/hurricaneinfocenter.

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