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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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South Carolina Winter Weather Preparedness Week

December 3, 2018

Governor Henry McMaster has proclaimed the week of December 2 through December 8, 2018, as South Carolina Winter Weather Preparedness Week.

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Semana de preparación para el clima invernal de Carolina del Sur

December 3, 2018

El gobernador de Columbia, Henry McMaster, ha proclamado la semana del 2 al 8 de diciembre de 2018 como la Semana de Preparación para el Clima Invernal de Carolina del Sur.

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S.C. Survivors Have One Week Left to Register for Disaster Assistance and Low-Interest Loans with more than $62 Million in Assistance Already Approved

November 27, 2018

Hurricane Florence survivors in South Carolina have one more week to register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and to apply for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for losses caused by Hurricane Florence.

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Help is Still Available after Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Marion County

November 26, 2018

The State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in the City of Marion in Marion County will close permanently at noon, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018.

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Help is Still Available after Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Horry County

November 21, 2018

The State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in the City of Conway in Horry County will close permanently at 2 p.m., Saturday Nov. 24, 2018.

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Gov. Henry McMaster Pens Letter to S.C. Congressional Delegation with Revised Estimates for Requests Federal Support for Hurricane Florence Recovery

November 16, 2018

Governor Henry McMaster today sent a letter to South Carolina’s congressional delegation with revised estimates for federal funding requests for Hurricane Florence recovery efforts.

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S.C. Survivors Can Get Aid from State, Federal and Voluntary Agencies

November 16, 2018

Hurricane Florence survivors in South Carolina still have time to apply for federal disaster assistance. But you may need help beyond what FEMA can offer. Assistance may be available from other federal, state and volunteer organizations.

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Help is Still Available after Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Marlboro County

November 14, 2018

The State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in the City of Bennettsville in Marlboro County will close permanently at 6 p.m., Friday Nov. 16, 2018.

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SC Disaster Recovery Centers to Close for Veterans Day Holiday

November 9, 2018

All State of South Carolina/Federal Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will be closed for the Veterans Day holiday on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. The centers will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13.

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FEMA Extends Registration Deadline Following Hurricane Florence

November 7, 2018

At the request of Governor Henry McMaster, FEMA has extended the deadline for South Carolina residents to apply for federal disaster assistance following Hurricane Florence. The deadline to register for aid through FEMA – for uninsured or underinsured damage or losses due to Hurricane Florence – has been extended to 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.

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Announcement of Initial Public Notice

October 26, 2018

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is required by law to provide public notice of its intent to provide federal assistance and grant opportunities via the Public Assistance (PA), Individual Assistance (IA), or Hazard Mitigation Grant (HMGP) programs.

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Survivors Who Don’t Agree with FEMA Decision Have a Right to Appeal

October 24, 2018

All applicants for FEMA recovery assistance have the right to appeal if they disagree with FEMA’s determination.

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Disaster Recovery Center Opening in Darlington County

October 17, 2018

The State of South Carolina and FEMA are opening a Disaster Recovery Center in Darlington (Darlington County) Wednesday, Oct. 17. Eight additional centers are open in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence.

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Mobile Disaster Recovery Center Visits Horry County for Three Weeks

October 16, 2018

A Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (MDRC) will be visiting locations throughout Horry County over the next three weeks.

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Gov. Henry McMaster Creates Statewide Commission to Address Flooding

October 15, 2018

Governor Henry McMaster today issued Executive Order 2018-50, which creates the South Carolina Floodwater Commission. The governor has created the Commission due to a need for communication and coordination between local authorities, state officials, federal agencies, and the private sector. The group is tasked with identifying potential short-term and long-term mitigation solutions for low lying and coastal areas and areas along the state’s rivers.

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