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What to know about South Carolina’s Hurricane Study and how to help

South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) and FEMA are working towards releasing an updated Hurricane Evacuation Study in 2024 that will detail data on hurricane-related hazards and behaviors, vulnerability, shelters and transportation.

This has the potential to positively impact evacuation routes, sheltering resources and developments in aiding vulnerable populations. By completing the survey, residents are prompted with questions to better prepare them for future hurricane seasons.

The last Hurricane Evacuation Study was completed in 2013 by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and FEMA, and delivered new evacuation zones. It was found that 35% of the vulnerable population did not know if they lived in an evacuation zone, according to the 2013 study.

Interactive maps and data from the study will be released to the public with an anticipated finish date of June 2024.

Anyone 18 years or older living in Coastal South Carolina can answer the survey. For more information, visit https://www.scemd.org/em-professionals/hurricane-evacuation-study/