South Carolina to ShakeOut for Earthquake Preparedness Week
October 8, 2019
Governor Henry McMaster has proclaimed Earthquake Preparedness Week for 2019 be observed October 13-19 in South Carolina. The S.C. Emergency Management Division encourages everyone to take this opportunity to learn about our state’s seismic fault system and how best to prepare for earthquakes. A highlight of the week will be the Great Southeast ShakeOut on Thursday, October 17 at 10:17 a.m.
SBA Disaster Assistance Available to South Carolina Private NonProfit Organizations Affected by Hurricane Dorian
October 2, 2019
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that certain Private NonProfit organizations (PNP)s in South Carolina that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for low-interest rate disaster loans. These loans are available following a Presidential disaster declaration for Public Assistance resulting from damages caused by Hurricane Dorian from Aug. 31 through Sept. 6, 2019.
Federal Assistance Approved for State of South Carolina and 11 Counties Following Hurricane Dorian
September 30, 2019
In response to Governor Henry McMaster’s request, President Donald Trump approved Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in 11 countiesaffected by Hurricane Dorian.
Derrec Becker completes FEMA Master Public Information Officer Program
September 23, 2019
Completing a year-long professional development program, Derrec Becker, chief of public information and external affairs for SCEMD joins less than 70 others across the U.S. as a recognized Master Public Information Officer (MPIO).
South Carolina state agencies partner to recognize 30 years since Hurricane Hugo
September 16, 2019
South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV) and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) today announced a partnership to recognize 30 years since Hurricane Hugo impacted the state.
Evacuation Orders Lifted for All South Carolina Counties
September 6, 2019
In coordination with local law enforcement and county emergency management officials, Governor Henry McMaster has lifted evacuation orders for residents in all evacuated counties, effective immediately.
Evacuation Orders Lifted for Beaufort, Jasper, and Colleton Counties at 3:00 PM Today
September 5, 2019
Evacuation Orders Remain in Effect for all Zones in Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley, Georgetown, and Horry Counties
Residents Must Leave Now
September 3, 2019
Residents in designated evacuation zones must leave no later than Wednesday morning to reach a safe distance from Hurricane Dorian. Due to the increasing threat of dangerous conditions such as storm surge and high winds, now is the time to heed the evacuation order issued by Governor Henry McMaster.
Gov. Henry McMaster Orders Mandatory Evacuations for Coastal Counties Effective Tomorrow, September 2 at Noon
September 1, 2019
Governor Henry McMaster, in coordination with local officials, has ordered the evacuation of coastal South Carolina residents for their personal safety as Hurricane Dorian approaches.
Gov. Henry McMaster Declares State of Emergency to Prepare for Potential Impact from Hurricane Dorian
August 31, 2019
Governor Henry McMaster today issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency and urges South Carolinians to prepare for the possibility of Hurricane Dorian impacting the state. The executive order enables all state agencies to coordinate resources and sets into effect the State Emergency Operations Plan.
August 30, 2019
It’s too soon to say what effect, if any, Hurricane Dorian will have on South Carolina. Right now it’s important for everyone to review their personal emergency plans, know their zone and get the SC Emergency Manager mobile app.
2019 Hurricane Preparedness Week begins Sunday
May 23, 2019
Official South Carolina Hurricane Guide to be released
State, Counties Update Operational Condition Levels
May 9, 2019
Prior to the start of the 2019 Hurricane Season, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, in coordination with county emergency management officials, is updating the state’s emergency operational condition levels, or OPCONs. Now, agencies will coordinate, prepare and respond to major emergencies based on three levels of readiness instead of five.
Local Wireless Emergency Alert Test on April 2
March 25, 2019
Residents within approximately ten miles of the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station should expect a Wireless Emergency Alert System test on their mobile devices on Tuesday, April 2 at 1 p.m. The South Carolina Emergency Management Division will conduct this test as part of Dominion Energy’s annual live, audible siren test for the nuclear power plant.
Statewide Tornado Drill
March 13, 2019
The drill will be conducted Wednesday, March 13, at 9 a.m. Public schools, state and local Emergency Management, the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, and others will participate in this annual event. The purpose of the drill is to test communication systems, safety procedures, mitigation processes, etc.
S.C. Severe Weather and Flood Safety Week March 10-16, 2019
March 8, 2019
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division and the National Weather Service jointly sponsor the week to remind people that severe storms, tornadoes and flash floods are significant hazards in South Carolina and people need to take proper safety precautions.
SCEMD accepting applications for new Citizen’s Academy
March 6, 2019
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division is accepting applications for our new Citizen’s Academy, where community members are given a hands-on opportunity to learn about the state agency responsible for coordinating the preparation for, the response to and the recovery from major disasters in South Carolina.
SCEMD achieves national reaccreditation
February 14, 2019
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division has been granted full, national accreditation by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program. This national certification program examined the state’s ability to respond to and prepare for disasters. SCEMD was first accredited in 2008 and reaccredited in 2013.
Winter Weather Expected in South Carolina
December 7, 2018
Residents in the Upstate should monitor local weather conditions and continue winter safety preparations. Forecasters with the National Weather Service predict the possibility of a wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow for portions of the state.