South Carolina Winter Weather Preparedness Week

November 29, 2021

Governor Henry McMaster has proclaimed the week of November 28 through December 4, 2021, as South Carolina Winter Weather Preparedness Week. The South Carolina Emergency Management Division and the National Weather Service along with the agencies that comprise the State Emergency Response Team encourage all residents and visitors to prepare for severe winter weather by checking supplies and safety plans now.

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Earthquake Swarm Highlights Safety

November 1, 2021

The United States Geological Survey to date has confirmed seven low-magnitude earthquakes in and around Jenkinsville, South Carolina since October 25. The most recent earthquake confirmed by USGS occurred just before 11 a.m. today and registered a 2.0 magnitude.

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South Carolina to ShakeOut for Earthquake Preparedness Week

October 14, 2021

Governor Henry McMaster has proclaimed Earthquake Preparedness Week for 2021 be observed October 17-23 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 21 at 10:21 a.m.

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Business & Industry COVID-19 Webinar

August 12, 2021

In partnership with South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the South Carolina Department of Commerce will be hosting a COVID-19 webinar for business and industry on August 18th at 11 a.m.

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Gov. Henry McMaster, SCEMD Urge Storm Preparation for Tropical Storm Elsa

July 6, 2021

Residents should finalize their storm preparations ahead of Tropical Storm Elsa. Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center predict portions of South Carolina’s coast will experience tropical storm conditions beginning Wednesday and into Thursday morning.

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SCEMD Monitors Hurricane Elsa

July 2, 2021

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division is monitoring Hurricane Elsa, which forecasters say could affect the South Carolina next week.

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Evacuation Coordination

June 8, 2021

Frequently asked questions about traffic management, lane reversals, and more.

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New Website, New Guide for Hurricane Season

May 27, 2021

SCEMD launches hurricane.sc, a new online home for hurricane preparedness

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2021 Hurricane Preparedness Week Begins Sunday

May 26, 2021

Governor Henry McMaster has proclaimed May 30 through June 5 to be South Carolina Hurricane Preparedness Week. SCEMD, county emergency managers and the National Weather Service urge individuals, businesses and communities to begin preparations ahead of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

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Community Vaccination Center Hits Milestone

April 25, 2021

Today, more than 4,000 people have received their COVID-19 vaccine at South Carolina’s Community Vaccination Center at Columbia Place Mall. This temporary mass vaccination clinic, which opened April 13, is operating for another six weeks and currently offers the Pfizer vaccine.

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FEMA and South Carolina to Open Community Vaccination Center at Columbia Place Mall April 14

April 12, 2021

FEMA, partnering with the state of South Carolina, Richland County, and city of Columbia, is opening a Community Vaccination Center (CVC) site at the Columbia Place Mall. This site at 7201 Two Notch Road will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily beginning Wednesday, April 14.

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S.C. Severe Weather and Flood Safety Week March 7-13, 2021

March 1, 2021

Governor Henry McMaster has proclaimed that South Carolina Severe Weather and Flood Safety Week for 2021 will be observed March 7-13.

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South Carolina Officials Warn Public to Watch Out for Possible COVID-19 Vaccine-related Scams

January 27, 2021

South Carolinians Urged to Remain Alert

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South Carolina Winter Weather Preparedness Week

November 24, 2020

Governor Henry McMaster has proclaimed the week of November 29 through December 5, 2020, as South Carolina Winter Weather Preparedness Week. The South Carolina Emergency Management Division and the National Weather Service along with the agencies that comprise the State Emergency Response Team encourage everyone in South Carolina to prepare for severe winter weather by checking supplies and safety plans now. This year, residents should keep in mind the importance of COVID-19 precautions as more people stay indoors in the coldest weeks ahead.

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South Carolina to ShakeOut for Earthquake Preparedness Week

October 8, 2020

Governor Henry McMaster has proclaimed Earthquake Preparedness Week for 2020 be observed October 11-17 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.

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Dr. Bell: “Data shows that wearing face masks works”; Latest COVID-19 Update

August 12, 2020

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) released new data today that indicates local mask ordinances are helping to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Minor cleanup continues following Hurricane Isaias

August 4, 2020

Residents should exercise patience and anticipate minor travel delays, due to some blocked roadways or detours in areas impacted by Hurricane Isaias last night. As a reminder, do not drive around barricades or use emergency lanes that are needed for first responders.

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Isaias forecast to regain hurricane strength

August 3, 2020

Residents in potentially vulnerable areas should finish storm preparations and limit all unnecessary travel this evening as storm conditions worsen. The National Hurricane Center predicts Tropical Storm Isaias will make landfall tonight as a hurricane. Residents should continue to monitor the official forecasts from the National Hurricane Center, local media and official, verified social media accounts from public safety agencies for the latest information.

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Expect tropical storm conditions Monday

August 2, 2020

Residents should finalize their storm preparations ahead of Tropical Storm Isaias. Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center predict South Carolina’s coast will experience tropical storm conditions beginning late Monday and into Tuesday morning. Forecasters say high winds, rain, flash flooding, isolated tornados and an estimated storm surge of 1-4 feet are all possible.

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Monitor Hurricane Isaias

July 31, 2020

Residents in South Carolina should begin the necessary preparations for the possible effects of Hurricane Isaias. The South Carolina Emergency Management Division is monitoring the storm, which forecasters say could affect the state beginning next week.

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