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Palmetto Staters took hits from two major storms, Hurricanes Michael and Florence, in 2018, and the 2019 storm season has arrived.
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When disaster hits, AARP and AARP Foundation are there. They met the goal of $500,000 in matching donations to help victims of Hurricane Florence, ensuring that $1 million will go to relief and recovery efforts.
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AARP South Carolina volunteer State President Emma Myers is seeking to address the very serious issue of senior falls with her project called “This Little Light of Mine.”
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The storm may have passed, but the danger has not. The Pee Dee region has already started to flood and flooding is expected to worsen over the next week. If you need to drive in this region, AARP urges you to be safe.
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Some may seek to take advantage of those seeking help with repairs in the aftermath of the storm and floods.
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Hurricane/Tropical Storm Florence has come and gone. Thankfully most of South Carolina was spared from the devastation. However, some of our neighbors were not so lucky. Florence has caused 24 deaths to date, and as of early Monday morning, over 500,000 people in the affected region were without power. You've likely heard that record rainfall caused mass flooding in North Carolina and in the coming weeks is expected to create a high potential for river flooding in the Pee Dee region. It might affect places like Horry, Georgetown, Dillon and Marion counties.
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Hurricane Florence is still a potentially dangerous storm. If you are in an evacuation zone and need shelter, SCEMD has a list of available shelters here. This list includes information about which shelters are pet friendly. There are currently four pet friendly shelters and they are donated on the page with a paw print. All shelters accept service animals.
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When the time comes to  start cleaning up the mess left behind by severe flooding, take added steps to protect your health and safety.
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A portable or “whole-house” electrical generator can be a big help after a hurricane. But make sure you follow the safety precautions.
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