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Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 |   Chief Meteorologist Ed | Chief Meteorologist Frank | Chief Meteorologist Jamie
The forecast models all indicate Jose will continue up the coast towards the northeast and may impact the path Hurricane Maria takes. See here. We continue to monitor Maria and will know more about Maria’s path this weekend and her path next week.

Please review our Cancellation Policies regarding storms below (see all of our reservation policies here: Campsites and Ocean Lakes Properties Rentals).

Normal cancellation policies due to named storms/hurricanes for campsites and OLP rentals:

There is a Named Storm in the Atlantic and you have a Reservation to Camp or Rent: If you have a reservation and choose not to come, you must call our Campsite Reservation line at 877-510-1413 or Rental Reservation at 800-845-2229 to cancel your reservation (prior to your arrival date) to see if there is a special exception regarding your applicable deposit.* We will not refund your deposit if we are not under a Watch or Warning – we retain the applicable reservation deposit unless there has been a Watch or Warning issued for a named storm.

Myrtle Beach is under a named Storm Watch or Warning:
If there has been a storm/hurricane watch or warning for our area, we give a full refund/the deposit.*

*Note: The reservation arrival date must be within the named storm dates and before we resume business operations, if you are canceling a reservation farther out then those dates, you will be subject to our normal cancellation fees.

Review some of the helpful check lists below, including Ocean Safety and Driving Tips. We have included information from Horry County, as well. Ocean Lakes has always tried to operate with guest-friendly policies, we have included our “Storm Related Policies for Camping Guests” to help address any concerns.

Important Phone Numbers:

Horry County  EMD
(843) 915-5150
Horry County phone bank assisting the public with questions regarding Hurricane Matthew.

American Red Cross (shelters)
(843) 477-0020

SCDOT
(888) 877-9151   Traffic & Road Conditions
Only activated when needed & Spanish interpreters available.

Re-entry Information
(866) 246-0133
This phone line is manned in Columbia and provides information on evacuation, shelters, damage assessments and re-entry. The number is activated once an evacuation is ordered.

SCDHEC
(843) 915-8804
Special Medical Needs Shelters

Horry County Emergency Management can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

Ocean Safety Checklist

  • Be honest about your swimming ability. The ocean is not a swimming pool.
  • Never turn your back on the ocean. Being hit by a wave while you’re not watching can cause serious injury.
  • Never take your eye off children in the water, no matter how calm the ocean.
  • If you need help, shout “HELP” (and not a family member’s name) or wave an arm to get attention.
  • A current can pull you away in waist high water.
  • If you get caught in a current, do not struggle against it. Rip currents are usually narrow, so calmly swim perpendicular to the current direction to get out of it.
  • Too many rules to remember? Then remember just one…..SWIM IN FRONT OF LIFE GUARDS!

Storm Driving Tips:

  • Motorists are urged to use extreme caution when traveling as roads will be slick and ponding could occur.
  • First and foremost: slow down! It takes longer to stop or adjust in wet weather.
  • Stay toward the middle lanes – water tends to pool in the outside lanes.
  • Maintain proper following distance (3 Second Rule). This needs to be increased in wet weather.
  • Drive in the tracks of a car ahead of you.
  • Don’t follow large trucks or buses too closely. The spray created by their large tires reduces your vision. Take care when passing them as well; if you must pass, do so quickly and safely.
  • Be more alert when driving in wet or slippery conditions. Watch out for brake lights in front of you.

Coastal residents and property owners are especially encouraged to begin securing outdoor furniture, garbage cans, etc. as winds will start increasing on Friday.

Horry County residents should stay tuned to local media for updates.  It is also a good time to review family hurricane plans, including items that may be needed such as water, batteries, flashlights, etc.

Additional hurricane information can be found on Horry County’s official website.

Hurricane Supply Checklist:

When preparing for a hurricane, the American Red Cross recommends to have the following safety tips and supplies in the event of a hurricane.

Before You Leave:

  • Unplug all appliances, turn off the electricity and the main water valve to reduce damage
  • If you have time and live in an area prone to flooding, move furniture to a higher floor
  • Tell someone outside the flood area where you are going

When You Evacuate:

  • Leave as soon as you can, in daylight, if possible
  • Listen to the radio; avoid flooded roads and watch for washed-out bridges
  • Be prepared for delays; roads and bridges will probably be crowded and traffic will move slowly

What To Bring:

  • First aid kit, prescription medications, toiletries
  • Baby food, diapers, foods for persons on restricted diets, if appropriate
  • Playing cards, games, books
  • Battery-powered radio, one flashlight per person, extra batteries
  • Blankets, sleeping bags, and warm protective clothing
  • Identification, copies of insurance papers, passports, other essential documents

Food & Water:

  • Canned foods:  Store canned vegetables and meats to create no-cook main dish meals if the power is out.  Pack canned fruits, raisins, dried fruits and nuts for snacks.
  • A manual can opener
  • At least 3 gallons of water per person
  • Instant coffee and tea
  • Powdered fruit drink mixes or canned juices
  • Other good staples:  peanut butter and jelly, crackers, cookies, chips & cereal
  • Baby food and ready made formula
  • Plastic eating utensils, paper plates, and paper towels
  • A supply of food and water for pets

Other supplies

  • Extra batteries
  • Battery-operated radio
  • Flashlights, with extra bulbs
  • Battery-operated lanterns.  Take care with candles or Coleman lanterns, which could be fire hazards and should be used only after the storm
  • Charcoal or gas grill, with a supply of fuel
  • Matches
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Toilet Paper
  • Protective Clothing, rainwear, and bedding or sleeping bags
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members
  • First Aid Kit
  • Keep items in a waterproof container
  • First Aid Manual
  • Sterile adhesive bandages
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Hypo allergenic
  • Scissors & tweezers
  • Packets of moistened towelettes
  • Antiseptic spray
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Aspirin
  • Ointments for burns and cuts
  • Antacid tablets
  • Prescription for a month

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