FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 3, 2008
SC FORESTRY COMMISSION PREPARES FOR HANNA, OFFERS ADVICE TO LANDOWNERS
(Columbia,SC)–-Whether Hanna comes ashore as a tropical storm or a hurricane, the South Carolina Forestry Commission will respond before and after it arrives. At this hour, SCFC personnel are alerted to their pre- and post-storm responsibilities. Debris removal teams are on standby and heavy equipment, normally used in wildland firefighting, is kept in constant readiness. SCFC pilots and law enforcement will provide support to the SC Emergency Management Division if evacuations are necessary. Additionally, the SCFC operates a warehouse for the EMD from which we distribute water, food and other supplies in the event of a disaster.
Forestry Commission damage assessment teams and urban foresters will begin work on the ground as soon as possible after the storm passes. In the meantime, SCFC foresters offer the attached tips and information about what to expect for homeowners and forest landowners worried about their trees.
“Institutional memory” among SC Forestry Commission employees who lived and worked through Hurricane Hugo in 1989 is vast. The agency played a leading role in preparations and, especially, in recovery. Destruction was unprecedented with nearly $1.2 billion in timber losses alone.
For more information, contact Scott Hawkins, 803-896-8820
The SC Forestry Commission’s mission is to protect and develop South Carolina’s forest resource. For every $1.00 invested by SC in the Commission, the industry produces about $1,000.00 of economic impact.