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New Software Used In Spartanburg Co. During Statewide Hurricane Drill

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Spartanburg County agencies took part in Tuesday's statewide hurricane drill and used the practice as a chance to test new technology that helps you faster. The county used a grant to purchase storm damage assessment software and tablets so crews in the field can assess storm damage in real time. The faster they know about storm damage and its cost, the sooner they can get help and money to you.

"The more and more we practice we'll get better and everything will become second nature," said County Assessor Earl N. Alexander, II.

Another issue addressed in Tuesday's practice--handling evacuees. With major interstates, an airport, hospitals and hotels, Spartanburg and Greenville counties are considered western shelter locations. That means the Upstate may be forced to handle your emergencies and coastal evacuations.

"Although we were impacted by a tropical storm, we still have evacuees from the coast we're dealing with, plus the evacuation of some of our own residents," said Spartanburg County Emergency Management Director Doug Bryson.

Lane reversals were another part of Tuesday's statewide practice. The South Carolina Department of Public Safety practiced changing the direction of traffic to help speed up mock coastal evacuations.

WSPA Hurricane Center

Shelby Coates
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