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The Director has responsibility for maintaining oversight of the state's preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation activities, to include the daily management of the division. The Director is also responsible for the state's coordination efforts with emergency management personnel at the local and national levels.

Chief of Staff assists the Director in daily operations and management of sections within the Division.

Public Information (contact us) is responsible for communicating vital information to the public before, during and after disasters.  This section coordinates with broadcast, print and social media to disseminate information that is accurate and timely, and promotes public education for citizen preparedness and emergency management issues.

Finance and Administrative Services has responsibility for overall fiscal operations, grants, and general administration.

Plans has responsibility for the development, coordination, and maintenance of the South Carolina Emergency Operations Plan, Hurricane Plan, Earthquake Plan, Terrorism Plan and other selected plans. This section also is responsible for the training of emergency planners and response personnel at the state and county levels as well as the development and execution of state emergency management exercises.

Operations has responsibility for the maintenance and operation of the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) and the Alternate EOC. It develops and updates the standard operating procedures used to coordinate the state’s response to emergencies and manages the Fixed Nuclear Facility Program.  Each of the six emergency management regions is allocated a Regional Emergency Manager and an Emergency Management Coordinator who are responsible for seven or eight counties. The  Regional Emergency Management (REM) staff generally resides within their regions.

Operations Support has primary responsibility for facility management which includes building systems maintenance and the State Emergency Operations Center, communications, information technology and logistics.  This section oversees development and implementation of technical communications systems and the day-to-day operations of the logistical staging areas.  It also has the responsibility to maintain and update the Division's information technology infrastructure and all software systems.  Within this section, personnel coordinate the ordering, receiving, storing, and processing of all resources, personnel, and supplies during incidents.

Recovery and Mitigation has responsibility for the Public Assistance (infrastructure) and Individual Assistance (human services) programs, activities and planning to assist citizens during the recovery phase.  These programs provide for the repair of damaged infrastructures and the human services programs administered to the public in the aftermath of a disaster when there is a Presidential disaster declaration.  Mitigation has responsibility for programs that focus on the prevention of damage to personal dwellings and state and local infrastructure. This section coordinates technical assistance, including state and local risk assessment, and planning, as well as administers the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program (PDM) and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).




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