Hurricane Preparedness for Students, Faculty and Staff
HURRICANE FLORENCE UPDATE
SEPT. 20, 5:00 P.M.
Based on the ongoing flood impacts to our area, and out of concern for the safety
of our students, Horry-Georgetown Technical College has canceled classes through Friday,
September 28. Unless we receive notice that Horry County offices have closed, our
offices will remain open for employees that are able to come to work only if it is
safe and economical for them to do so. Please communicate with your supervisor regarding
alternative options, including working from home.
While our campuses did not experience any significant damage from Hurricane Florence,
major flooding and road closures continue to impact Horry and Georgetown Counties.
Rivers are projected to reach record flood levels over the weekend into next week,
which will continue to impede travel across our region. Monitor conditions prior to
returning home and take alternate routes where available. Please obey all directions
from law enforcement and never drive through floodwaters or around barricades.
All due dates and exam dates will be extended in light of these cancellations. Faculty
are in the process of developing plans to ensure all curriculum is covered for the
semester. These plans will vary by professor but will be communicated via email and
D2L and may include online learning for our traditional in-person classes. Regardless
of your type of class, location, or academic program, students should monitor email
and D2L for all class updates. For those who are able to complete assignments, we
urge students to do so. Our faculty have been asked to be accommodating to students’
needs during this time, but please be aware that some faculty are also impacted by
this flooding and may be delayed in their response time.
Students, if you experienced hardship during this storm, please email Kathy Moore,
Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs at email@example.com
and contact your professors. Employees, please communicate with your supervisor and
Jackie Snyder, Vice President of Human Resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org about
personal hardships or difficulties returning home.
Our Emergency Management Team will continue to monitor flood conditions and their
widespread impacts. We will continue to post updates concerning class schedules, extended
deadlines, and helpful resources on our social media, website, email, and WaveNet.
SEPT. 17, 2:30 P.M.
HGTC classes are canceled for the remainder of the week. Employees are asked to return
to work this week only if they are able to safely do so.
The safety of our students and our employees is paramount, and we want to give everyone
enough time to safely return to the area. We encourage you to monitor communications
from SCDOT, NCDOT, Horry County Emergency Management and Georgetown County Emergency
Management to track road closures and flood hazards before you try to return home.
PLEASE NOTE: The tuition payment deadline has been extended to Tuesday, September
SEPT. 16, 5:45 P.M.
Due to the uncertainty of road and flood conditions, classes at Horry-Georgetown Technical
College are canceled Monday, September 17 and Tuesday, September 18. All campuses
will reopen on Tuesday and employees are asked to return to work Tuesday if they are
able to safely do so. Our Emergency Management Team will meet again tomorrow and will
continue to provide daily updates on college operations, class schedules, and a revised
tuition payment deadline.
Evacuation orders have been lifted for Horry and Georgetown Counties, and we want
to give our students and employees enough time to safely return to the area. We encourage
you to follow Horry County Emergency Management and SCDOT’s websites to track road
closures and flood hazards as you return home.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Georgetown Center for Advanced Manufacturing,
originally scheduled for September 20, has been postponed due to Hurricane Florence.
We will notify you as soon as we reschedule.
SEPT. 14, 4:30 P.M.
Due to the anticipated impacts of Hurricane Florence, and because we are still under
a State of Emergency and an evacuation order, HGTC will remain closed Monday, September
17. We will provide ample notification about the reopening of the college and the
resumption of classes. Please stay safe.
SEPT. 10, 3:00 P.M.
Due to Governor McMaster's evacuation order in preparation for Hurricane Florence,
HGTC will be closed and classes canceled beginning at 5:00 p.m. today for the remainder
of this week.
We urge all students and employees, particularly those new to the area, to review
the resources on the hurricane preparedness page of our website to help you prepare
for this storm. We will provide an update for next week's operations by Sunday evening
via social media, email, text alerts, the HGTC website, and local news media.
PLEASE NOTE: The payment deadline originally scheduled for tomorrow has been extended
to Tuesday, September 18.
Professors are asked to communicate with their students as soon as possible about
any changes in due dates and upcoming tests, and have been asked to be accommodating
to the evacuation needs of our students.
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.
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.
- Hurricane information
- Know your zone
- Evacuation routes
- Horry County shelters
- Register for the Horry County CODE RED weather warning system
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
- Get current information on current road conditions.
Disaster assistance for students, faculty and staff
Below are some ways to find out how to get help after assessing damage from hurricane Matthew:
If you were impacted by flooding in South Carolina, FEMA may 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.
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.