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Exclamation South Carolina: Hurricane Florence Rapidly Intensifying

https://weather.com/safety/hurricane...cane-florence-
forecast-us-east-coast

Note: SCDC may lockdown all 21 institutions as early as midweek and cancel visitation for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, due to inclement weather.

Stay tuned to local and national weather alerts.
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Evacuations ordered for SC coast as Hurricane Florence nears, effective Tuesday

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/...c881683a8.html
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Governor McMaster has not included SCDC institutions in the evacuation area in his latest updates. SCDC Operations has no plans for preparation for MacDougall, Leiber, and Ridgeland Correctional Institutions as of this afternoon.
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Default Thousands of Prisoners Are Being Forced to Stay During Hurricane Florence

But as scores of residents prepare to head for safer ground, some prison officials and sheriffs are planning to leave thousands of people in the mandatory evacuation zones behind: the prisoners, guards, and staff at a South Carolina state prison and three city jails in Virginia.

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Caught the satellite images on the news tonight of this one, stay safe everyone. Praying for all the loved ones and their staff who stay behind.
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Baton down the hatches, choclgs! Stay safe.


SCDC is taking an awful gamble with so many lives....
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Not sure what Counties those facilities are located within, but the lifting of part of the order just goes to show the difficulties in any manner of large-scale movements...

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/...5ccd6b404.html

Additionally, unless the facilities are prone to flooding, a prison facility is often the safest structure to be in during storms like this. Aside from the concrete construction, they often have their own water supply and their own generators for when the power goes out.

The problem comes with the ability to get into or out of a facility area, which can result in staff being limited to those who are working when the storm hits.
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So far so good at my boyfriends facility but he's about 50 miles west from the shore in North Carolina (Wilmington). His Mom got her generator ready... we'll see what happens. Good luck to everyone & stay safe!!
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NC has taken steps to evacuate its offenders. Not sure why SCDC director is stalling on this one.

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/ne...218210815.html
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Not sure what Counties those facilities are located within, but the lifting of part of the order just goes to show the difficulties in any manner of large-scale movements...

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/...5ccd6b404.html

Additionally, unless the facilities are prone to flooding, a prison facility is often the safest structure to be in during storms like this. Aside from the concrete construction, they often have their own water supply and their own generators for when the power goes out.

The problem comes with the ability to get into or out of a facility area, which can result in staff being limited to those who are working when the storm hits.
Ridgeland Correctional is the only facility in that region where the order was lifted.

They have about 900 men there, but there's the staff that's not accounted for. The main outlet from that prison is I-95 but they usually transport offenders by back roads. Still if they need to move en masse, the buses are 2 hours away in Columbia.

When we had the 1000-year flood in 2015, the facilities at the Broad River Complex experienced flooding that the men had to fend for themselves because many staff scheduled to work didn't show up.

This is the concern of many families, but no news as of yet of evacuation or preparation for emergent response plans.
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SC Department of Juvenile Justice Evacuates Detainees Due to Hurricane Florence

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That storm looks huge and fingers crossed that everyones loved ones are safe.
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The men at Palmer Pre-Release Center in Florence, SC are being evacuated.

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When we had the 1000-year flood in 2015, the facilities at the Broad River Complex experienced flooding that the men had to fend for themselves because many staff scheduled to work didn't show up.
Friends and I have talked about this fear but in apocalyptic-scale scenarios. I have never experienced a natural disaster that required evac, but it makes me realize that there needs to be some sort of readiness kit available for inmates in these cases. Things that can be passed out in the case that they aren't evacuated with (prison-approved) provisions, just like out here. They tell us, regardless of the rate of disaster in your area, to have three days worth of food/water in case of emergency. It seems like this could be something that FEMA or Red Cross could partner with institutions to create to ensure that the need vs. safety aspects were met.
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As Florence approaches, inmate advocates call for prison evacuation, demand info


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South Carolina digs in on refusing to evacuate prisoners as Florence nears

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Saw a bit of the news this morning and they interviewed a woman staying in her NC home with her husband and two kids in spite of evac instruction from the mayor. When asked why she was taking that risk, she said they just couldn't afford to leave. They have no funds for enough fuel and supplies after protecting their home to leave. One of them has medical concerns, as well. So they've stocked their house best they can with food and water and boarded up intending to ride it out.

I mention this because inevitably we see post-disaster comments like "why didn't they just leave?! they're putting other folks at risk". Not everyone can just leave. For some people it's financial, medical, maybe they don't own or have access to a car. Instead of asking why they stayed, ask what you can do to help get them out, even if it's after. You both survived. Take that in.

And with that in mind, for those close to the storm areas...start asking who is collecting food and clothing to deliver. Consider "non traditional" donations like adult disposable underwear, baby formula, menstruation supplies, batteries. Often churches have individuals willing to collect and drive supplies in. Call your local news station and ask them to feature organizations that intend to help so people know where to donate and when the trucks are leaving.

Check to see if there is a blood drive in your area.

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I work with a disaster relief group. We formed after Sandy. All volunteers no profit. Once I get a list of local groups, I'll share it.
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A local advocacy group shared the statement by SCDC spokesperson and a group I've only seen show up in recent years shares things like this on social media,

"Why do groups like this keep repeating false or propaganda of prisons? Think about that? This is everything that is wrong with the current advocacy for prisoners in sc!" - Jailhouse Lawyers Speak

https://www.facebook.com/BlkJailhous...location=group

Families have come to depend on the work this young lady is doing with the support of her husband, who's incarcerated in state prison. It is so saddening this is the level some people stoop to.
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Key point: "Governor McMaster’s statement is deeply telling. As the decision to keep prisoners locked in, at serious risk of being drowned, during one of the potentially largest storms in years make clear, not all American lives are valued equally," University of Michigan historian Heather Ann Thompson told Newsweek."
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I have meant to stay silent during this Hurricane Florence for all y'all in SC and NC. It smacks so much of Hurricane Katrina. That was a hell that I don't want to relive.....I hope everyone is ok. I am sorry I'm a wimp.

But here is a link to the NC DOC with updates. I couldn't find anything less than three days old from SC.
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No news on what's going on inside. The offices have opened but no explanations or reasoning behind "evacuating" the pre-release center and not the others.

Those that were moved to Turbeville are unhappy with the conditions. It's an older building that has not been maintained and the facilities are not what they're used to.
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