WHEREAS, the coastline of the state of south carolina has been placed under a hurricane watch by the national weather service; and
WHEREAS, Hurricane Floyd represents a serious threat to the health, safety, and well-being of the residents and visitors to significant portions of the State, particularly the coastal areas; and
WHEREAS, effective at noon today, I hereby declare that a State of Emergency exists within the State; and
WHEREAS, I hereby declare that all state and local government agencies perform all emergency functions as assigned in the Emergency Operations Plan or as directed by the Director of the South Carolina Emergency Preparedness Division during this State of Emergency.
NOW THEREFORE, by the virtue of the power and authority vested in me as Governor pursuant to the Constitution and the laws of South Carolina, I hereby order a mandatory evacuation of all persons located on barrier islands; on beachfront property; near low-lying rivers, creeks, or streams; and in manufactured housing; in the following counties: Jasper, Beaufort, Hampton, Colleton, Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Georgetown, and Horry. Persons in inland counties near the projected path of Hurricane Floyd should take all precautions to ensure their protection from potential high winds. Area specific details for the mandatory evacuation follow:
This mandatory evacuation order is effective at noon today. The scope of this Order may be expanded to include such areas inland as are identified on a County-by-County basis by local emergency preparedness officials for people who are deemed to be in immediate danger. However, hospitals administrators may elect to shelter in place essential personnel and patients who cannot be moved pursuant to the approved evacuation plan for each facility, after consultation with emergency preparedness personnel, and appropriate health care professionals.
I further order that all licensing and registration requirements regarding out-of-state private security personnel or companies who are contracted with or assisting companies in protecting and restoring essential or vital services in South Carolina be suspended, and that the State Law Enforcement Division shall initiate an emergency registration process for those personnel or companies for the duration of this State of Emergency in a manner deemed appropriate by the Chief of the State Law Enforcement Division.
GIVEN UNDER MY HAND AND THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA THIS 14th DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 1999.
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