After Hurricane Maria, the devastation such massive storms can cause in an unprepared area was widely recognized. Yet, now it looks like a county in South Carolina is facing the same problem, as CBS News has reported.
Rather than being prepared, as Mr. Trump often encourages, one of the largest areas set to be hit with Hurricane Florence‘s worst “has no shelters equipped to handle such a strong storm.”
Other counties, already stretched and stressed to the max, are going to have to absorb these residents. The problem is that none of the shelters are strong enough to withstand a Category 4 or higher storm.
One of the reasons has to do with a “recent engineering assessment” which “recommended that every shelter in Charleston County” should not be used for anything more than a category 3 storm.
Now that Florence is a category 4, these questions are sure to be asked as residents there are left scrambling.
This affects the lives of roughly 3,700 people.
Georgia is also now under warning as well. The storm itself only seems to be intensifying as it approaches.
Charleston County Councilman Vic Rawl has voiced concern about an “overflow” of people, which is something many people feel should have been addressed when there was no threat. He has requested that more schools be opened and used as shelters, but the county’s public information officer, Shawn Smetana, said that no such request has been made.
Charleston County is saying that shelters “should be considered a last resort,” yet in other storms, those who felt this way have been told that their lives are at risk for thinking in such a manner.
Currently, only 183 people are in shelters, but this number is expected to climb as the storm approaches.