Cameron Horne is a Master’s student and Emergency Management professional from North Carolina. He currently is working to finish his thesis at the University of South Carolina and working with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division as a Public Assistance Grant Program Specialist. Cam is active in the response and recovery related to South Carolina’s historic flood event associated with Hurricane Joaquin. Cam is a BAF Founding Fellow. Below, he shares the first in a series of reports on his experience in the field:
There have been so many impacts to communities throughout the state and there will undoubtedly be more.
Aside from the fatalities and property losses, many people have been forced to evacuate. Sheltering is a substantial part of the operational response here.
Hundreds of roads have been closed off throughout the incident, including interstates, bridges, and other primary and secondary roads. Schools, businesses and state agencies have been shut down in several counties for several days during the peak disaster aftermath. The economic impacts are not yet known, be we can be sure that things will not be what they were or stronger overnight.
I will continue to update this blog entry as we gain additional information and perspective in the coming weeks.