ODPC Disaster Management Team Update: Staying Prepared 2020


June 1st is the beginning of hurricane season along the Atlantic Coast. Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church has a Disaster Management Team and a Disaster Preparedness and Response Plan in place.

Deacon Dewain Hammond serves as the Disaster Management Team Coordinator, Pat Priore serves as Co-Chairman of the Safety and Security Team, Diane Frost serves as Moderator of the Deacons, Betsy Hinson serves as Chairman of the Property Committee, and Kathy Bazzarre serves as Parish Nurse.

The following email and telephone contact information is provided as a resource in the event of a disaster:

  • Dewain Hammond- nita_dewain@yahoo.com (843)685-0422
  • Diane Frost- dianeleefrost@gmail.com (336)209-5533
  • Kathy Bazzarre – kbazzarre@odpc.org (843)450-3410

If an order is given to evacuate coastal areas of Horry County, South Carolina and/or Brunswick County, North Carolina, our Disaster Plan will be implemented. Our church buildings and property will be secured, and you are encouraged to plan now for transportation and a secure place to go.

It is easy to procrastinate on preparing for the next disaster, but if you wait until a disaster is eminent, then it may be too late to get prepared.

The amount of time you have will depend on the hazard. In the case of a hurricane you might have a day or two to get ready. But it is likely that many others will also be late preparing and the supplies you need may no longer be readily available. Many disasters allow no time for gathering even the basic necessities, which is why planning and early preparation is essential.

The following list is provided to help you build your personal disaster kit. This list may need to be supplemented with additional items that you deem necessary for your personal circumstances.

  • List of medicines and written medical history of needs
  • Picture ID
  • Copy of local utility bills, (if you don’t have an in-state driver’s license)
  • Credit cards and cash sufficient to meet your needs for 3 days minimum
  • Insurance papers
  • Family contact list
  • Bottled water sufficient for minimum of three days – one gallon per person per day
  • Non-perishable food sufficient for minimum of three days
  • Can opener
  • Blankets and pillows;
  • Wrench and /or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Clothes cell phone and charger
  • Battery powered weather radio with tone alert and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries or candles
  • First aid kit
  • Garbage bags with ties for personal sanitation
  • Whistle to signal for help if needed
  • Dust mask or cotton tee shirt to serve as air filter
  • Any unique family need items such as baby formula, diapers, pet supplies, etc.

It is also recommended that you notify family/friends regarding your destination plans if an evacuation is ordered. A comprehensive resource for disaster preparedness may be reviewed on the internet at www.ready.gov.

If you would like to be contacted in the event of an emergency, please download and fill out our ODPC DMT Emergency Information Form and drop it by the office during normal business hours.*

You can also find these forms at our Welcome Center Desk before and after services.

Stay Safe!

God bless,



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