Tuesday, May 13, 2014
On April 28, the staff of Williamsburg County Emergency Management Division E-911 enjoyed a visit by Senator Yancey McGill, where he presented a check in the amount of nearly $122,000. “This is for the base of 911 for emergency preparedness,” said McGill. The funds were a percentage of reimbursement made available through state appropriations.
McGill went on to praise Cooks and the staff for their professionalism. “Tiffany, and all of her professionals are second to none anywhere in this state,” said McGill. The division was recently awarded 911 Center of the Year. “They have trained and trained and trained. And that’s why when a call is made to 911 the response is very quick, is very dependable, and very trusting.” Emergency Services Director Tiffany Cooks said the funds would be used to help support the 911 system as well as the purchase of items associated with emergency preparedness efforts such as computers and generators.
“We’re ready to put this money to good use and use it to assist citizens as best as we can.”
McGill pointed out that “Williamsburg County Emergency Services is geographically in the right location. We can help a lot of citizens if there is a heavy evacuation coming inland, whether it be coming from Charleston, Georgetown or Horry County,” said McGill.
“What is left to be seen is how many lives this money will save.” The senator added this is an ongoing series of state monies. “This is priority one funding.”
Cooks added that the department is continuing to address the debris left behind Winter Storm Pax. “We do have crews out there working feverishly,” said Cooks. She said citizens are encouraged to notify the department of any debris that has not been picked up by calling 354-9330.