Horry County shares phone numbers to know during emergencies and non-emergencies

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CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – Horry County E-911 shared phone numbers to know during emergencies and non-emergencies following recent hoax calls and a ‘swatting’ incident.  

In a tweet, Horry County E-911 shared numbers for local, state, regional, and national agencies and information on when to call those numbers. The numbers include:

  •  911
  • Horry County dispatch
  • South Carolina Highway Patrol
  • Horry County Police Department
  • Myrtle Beach Police Department
  • North Myrtle Beach Police Department
  • Surfside Beach Police Department
  • Aynor Police Department
  • Loris Police Department
  • Conway Police Department
  • Horry County Sherriff’s Office
  • Horry County Detention Center booking and main line
  • Georgetown County dispatch
  • Florence County dispatch
  • Marion County dispatch
  • SC Department of Natural Resources
  • Rape Crisis Hotline
  • Poison Control

In a special report, News13 spoke with Horry County E-911’s director, Renee Hardwick, about the impact of 911 misuse on dispatchers and first repsonders.

“Yes, we’ve got the call where (they ask) what temperature do I cook my turkey at Thanksgiving or that McDonald’s got my order wrong,” said Hardwick. “We do get a lot of prank calls sometimes, especially kids after school.”

“We get a lot of missed calls from elevators and pool phones, which are set up to call directly into 911,” Hardwick also said.

Some people would call 911 to find out about road closures, even though the county set up a phone bank to inform about traffic conditions.

“People want information and we need to give them information,” said Hardwick. “It’s just not 911 that needs to do that.”

To read the top ten reasons Horry County says 911 is misused (in no particular order), click here.

News13 previously spoke with Myrtle Beach police about “swatting” after a shots fired call turned out to be a hoax.

Around 20 officers responded to a call at a house on Green Bay Trl. on Monday night, where a caller said a man had shot his wife and was threatening to shoot others inside his home.

“We made contact with the people who live in the house, they were very cooperative and came out, and we were able to discover at the time that there was no shooting; the call was a hoax,” Cpl. Thomas Vest with the Myrtle Beach Police Department said.

Vest said fake calls like Monday night’s don’t happen often, but when they do, they put a strain on their resources.

On Tuesday, Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office deputies said a reported panther attack was false.

Investigators “have concluded that a Hemingway area man’s report of being attacked by a wild animal last night is false,” said a press release from the GCSO.

Rickey Wesley Lynch, 33, of Moore Drive in Hemingway, is reportedly being interviewed at the sheriff’s office after “admitting a story about an encounter with a large black cat while walking in his neighborhood was not true.”

According to a tweet from the Georgetown County Sheriff, Lynch is charged with one count each of breach of peace and filing a false report. 

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