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Hurricane Dorian Update:

9/6/19 12:00 PM Update:

Now that the evacuation orders from SC Governor McMaster have been lifted,  Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) officials are making preparations to reopen campuses on Monday, September 9.  Classes will resume for all students, and faculty and staff are expected to report as normal.  We understand that not all students may be able to get back to campus on Monday and can make accommodations for those needing more time for travel.  Students are asked to communicate these circumstances with faculty as soon as possible.  Please note that the College will work with students to accommodate lost instructional time.  Rest assured that HGTC faculty will coordinate with students to ensure all assignments and hours are completed within an acceptable timeframe.  It’s also important to note that the College will run its process to drop student schedules for nonpayment on Wednesday (September 11) after close of business.  This will allow three business days for students to make final payment arrangements.  We are asking all students to check with Student Accounts to ensure classes have been financially secured.  We look forward to welcoming students, faculty, and staff back to all HGTC campuses.

9/3/19 9:00 AM Update:

Thank you for your patience as Horry-Georgetown Technical College continues to make decisions with the safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff in mind. It may be hard to understand the process, but it's important for the community to realize that the College spends an inordinate amount of time working with local and state agencies in preparation for hurricanes and severe weather.  We also have a serious responsibility to act appropriately based on the SC Governor's executive orders.

Please note that the College will work with students especially in times of severe weather to accommodate lost instructional time.  Rest assured that HGTC faculty will coordinate with students to ensure all assignments and hours are completed within an acceptable timeframe.

Once the evacuation order from SC Governor McMaster has been lifted and re-entry has been completed, HGTC officials will assess any damage, inspect all campus locations and facilities, and ensure that building utilities are fully operational and all hazards have been removed prior to re-opening.

Additional hurricane information can be found on Horry County's website. This link contains information on evacuation routes and maps, re-entry information, shelters, etc. Citizens can also call Horry County Emergency Management at (843) 915-5150.

9/1/19 10:30 PM Update:

With the South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster's executive evacuation order for our area and mandatory closing of state government offices and schools, HGTC has confirmed that the College will be closed and remain closed until further notice beginning Tuesday, September 3 for all students, faculty, and staff.

“The safety of our students, faculty, and staff remains our highest priority,” said Marilyn M. Fore, HGTC President. “We will continue to monitor the path of Hurricane Dorian throughout the week and resume classes and hours of operations on our campuses as soon as possible - while keeping the safety and recovery of the HGTC family in mind.”

The College's academic continuity plan has been activated for the week and will temporarily shift classes to the distance learning component and online assignments when possible.

Please activate your personal evacuation plan and pay close attention to the storm track to ensure you travel out of harm's way. As ordered by the Governor's Office, if you live in the evacuation zone(s) included in the evacuation order, please evacuate.

HGTC works in unison with other agencies in Horry and Georgetown counties and will alert students, faculty, and staff with decisions as expeditiously as possible.
Please be sure to check HGTC's advisory page regularly at www.hgtc.edu and HGTC social media for further notifications.

We will provide sufficient notification when campus will be reopened and when on-campus classes will resume. Stay safe!

9/1/19 2:30 PM Update:

The National Hurricane Center's update of Hurricane Dorian shows South Carolina continues to be in the five-day error cone, which means Horry-Georgetown Technical College has the potential to experience impacts in the next five days.

The governor has declared a state of emergency for South Carolina, and he will decide if and when an evacuation is necessary. Horry-Georgetown Technical College is prepared with plans in place for the campus.

In an abundance of caution, HGTC will cancel all classes, starting Tuesday, Sept. 3. The College will provide ample notice before on-campus classes are resumed.

Faculty and Staff - At this point in time, please anticipate reporting for normal working hours on Tuesday unless the Governor calls for an evacuation of our area. Please look for more information on www.hgtc.edu and social media for further notifications as weather conditions change.

Students - Please be aware that Vice President of Student Affairs, Melissa Batten, will communicate to you via email regarding details of the academic continuity plan.

Students who have traveled out of the area for the Labor Day weekend, please do not make arrangements to return to classes on Tuesday.

Please be prepared to put your personal evacuation plan in place. In the event of an evacuation order from the Governor's Office, please be prepared to evacuate if you live in the evacuation zone(s) included in the evacuation order.

All students - As you consider your evacuation plan, please pay attention to the storm track to ensure you travel out of harm's way. Please continue preparing and communicating with your families.

Stay informed about the most accurate and up-to-date track of Hurricane Dorian on the National Hurricane Center website.

Hurricane Preparedness for Students, Faculty and Staff

NOAA

All campuses of HGTC can be impacted by coastal weather systems & patterns including tropical storms and hurricanes. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to sign up for text message alerts in case of a weather related delay or closing. Closing messages will be sent via text, email, and posted on the college's Facebook page, homepage and local news stations. You can also visit the Department of Public Safety.

Sign up: HGTC Alerts

The following resources provide important information in the event of a weather related emergency:

National Hurricane Center

See the National Hurricane Center website for the most up-to-date weather information.

Horry County Government

The Horry County Government website has numerous resources for the public including emergency preparedness resources, hurricane shelter information and evacuation routes.

Georgetown County Government

Ready.gov hurricane preparedness information

  • Use this helpful page developed by the Department of Homeland Security to decide which actions you should take when there has been a hurricane watch or warning alert from the National Weather Service in your local area

South Carolina Department of Transportation

Disaster assistance for students, faculty and staff 

Below are some ways to find out how to get help after assessing damage from hurricane Matthew:

Federal Assistance  

If you were impacted by flooding in South Carolina, FEMA maFemay be able to help you with flood related costs. Apply for aid at disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362/800-462-7585 (TTY). Early registration is encouraged.

Call 2-1-1 

Those needing information on the latest shelter, donation and recovery information can call the state's 2-1-1 hotline. Horry County, the United Way of Horry County, Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster and other area nonprofits are working with the state to provide the call center with the most current information, according to a press release from the United Way.

South Carolina Emergency Management Division

U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loans 

For financial assistance from the Small Business Administration, applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA's secure website.

Other Important Phone Numbers