2015 News Releases

October 2015 Flooding Incident - All informaton about SC-DR-4241, Heavy Rains and Severe Flooding.
Beware of #SCFlood Disaster Scams 
State and federal recovery officials urge South Carolinians affected by the ongoing severe storms and floods to watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud. READ MORE
State Lowers Emergency Status, Recovery Operations Expand
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Monday, October 12, 2015, 10:55 p.m.) – The South Carolina Emergency Response Team is transitioning to the state’s emergency operational status to level 3. READ MORE
Health and Safety Important in Clean-up Following Flood
COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 10, 2015, 4:40 p.m.) -- As people start cleaning up the mess left behind by severe flooding, they need to take added steps to protect their own health and safety. READ MORE

DHEC Offers Free Tetanus Vaccinations for Flood-Affected South Carolinians
COLUMBIA, SC (October 9, 2015, 9:00 p.m.) – The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reminds all storm-affected residents that a tetanus vaccination is recommended. READ MORE
The following is the list of points of water distribution (POD) for Richland County and the City of Columbia, S.C. The PODs will be open starting today, October 6, 2015, and 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. until the drinking water emergency is over:
5524 Forrest Drive (Walmart parking lot)
2615 Lower Richland Boulevard (Lower Richland High School)
Corner of Landmark Drive and Forrest Drive (Forest acres-parking lot)
Eastover Park, 1031 Main Street, Eastover, S.C.
Gadsden Community Center, 122 Community Center Drive, Gadsden
Midlands Shopping Center, 2638 Two Notch Road, Columbia
Dutch Square Mall, 421 Bush River Road, Columbia
Old Sam's Club, 1401 Sunset Drive, Columbia
Statewide Response Continuing As Flooding Persists
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Sunday, October 4, 2015, 9:00 p.m.) – Significant rainfall across South Carolina throughout the weekend has resulted in numerous road closures and delays caused by fast–moving floodwaters. READ MORE
COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 4, 2015, 5:35 p.m.) – The S.C. Emergency Response Team continues to caution residents of potential dangers of rising waters. READ MORE
Statewide Flooding Incident Update
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Saturday, October 3, 2015, 8:30 p.m.) – Significant rainfall has continued across South Carolina throughout the day and forecasters expect severe weather conditions for the next several days. READ MORE
State now at OPCON 1,
President issues Emergency Declaration for South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Saturday, October 3, 6:25 p.m.) – The S.C. Emergency Management Division and partner state agencies have increased the state’s operating condition to level one.  READ MORE
DHEC warning concerning floodwater dangers
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Saturday, October 3, 2015, 4:30 p.m.) – South Carolinas are cautioned about wading or playing in floodwaters resulting from the heavy rainfall in the state. READ MORE
SCEMD Monitors Hurricane Joaquin, Urges Everyone to Review Plans
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 5:00 p.m.) -   The South Carolina Emergency Management Division is paying close attention to Hurricane Joaquin, and as a result of the storm’s projected movement, key agencies in South Carolina government have been notified to be ready to respond if the need arises. READ MORE
SCEMD Hosts Military Installations Seminar
COLUMBIA, S.C. (September 17, 2015, 9:30 a.m.) – Representatives of resident military installations within South Carolina are meeting with state and county emergency managers on today to discuss how federal military installations and local governments can be mutually supportive during emergencies and disasters. READ MORE
Tropical Storm Erika
All SCEMD news releases about Tropical Storm Erika, beginning August 27, 2015. READ MORE
SCEMD Conducts Evacuations Needs Survey
COLUMBIA, S.C. (August 20, 2015, 9:30 a.m.) - The South Carolina Emergency Management Division will be conducting a telephone survey to better understand the needs of coastal residents who would need assistance during a large-scale emergency evacuation. READ MORE
Extreme Heat Safety Tips
Forecasters predict the hottest days of the year, use this information to safe in extreme heat. READ MORE
2015 Hurricane Awareness Week
Governor Nikki Haley has proclaimed that South Carolina Hurricane Awareness Week for 2015 will be observed May 31 – June 7. READ MORE
SCEMD Monitors Subtropical Storm Ana
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Friday, May 8, 2015, 11:15 a.m.) – The first named storm of 2015 has formed and will affect South Carolina this weekend.  The National Hurricane Center has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for portions of the South Carolina coast. READ MORE
2015 Severe Weather Awareness Week
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Thursday, March 5, 2015, 1:30 p.m.) - Governor Nikki Haley has proclaimed that South Carolina Severe Weather Awareness Week for 2015 will be observed March 8 – 14. READ MORE
Governor Declares State of Emergency
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 1:30 p.m.) - Governor Nikki Haley has declared a State of Emergency to mobilize additional state resources should they been needed in response to the impending hazardous weather. READ MORE
South Carolina Should Prepare for Freezing Temps  
Columbia, SC (Tuesday, January 6, 11:00 a.m.) - SCEMD encourages everyone in the state to be prepared for below freezing conditions that are expected beginning Wednesday... READ MORE 
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