HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Horry County declared a state of emergency Thursday and held a news conference ahead of forecasted winter weather.

Randy Webster, assistant Horry County admin. for public safety, compared the storm to 2014 and said public works crews are working to treat the roads.

“We really need people to stay off the road,” Webster said. “That is the bottom line.”

Officials said this could be a multi-day event with power outages.

“Icing is a little different of an issue for us. We just don’t have the resources and the capabilities to handle big icing events in our area, so we are going to do the best we can,” Webster said.

Horry County Fire Rescue Chief Joey Tanner said he’s concerned about people falling on the ice and urged people to take care of their neighbors and help them out. He also reminded the public not to call 911 for non-emergencies. He said emergency crews will respond but it may take longer than normal.

“We will be there when you call us, and we will respond,” Tanner said. “It may take us a while to get there, but rest assured we will get to you.”

Tanner also reminded everyone to check on smoke alarms, to treat downed power lines as live, and to not bring grills inside to cook. He also said to have an exit plan in case of a fire.