SCEMD accepting applications for new Citizen’s Academy

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Columbia, S.C. (Wednesday, 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 is launching this new outreach initiative as part of Severe Weather and Flood Safety Week, which will be observed March 10-16.

The academy is designed to help residents understand how SCEMD operates. This course will focus on understanding the role of SCEMD during emergencies, emergency management operations and emergency preparedness. The goal is to provide information to residents that they can take back to their communities to help others be personally prepared for emergencies.

This course will included a tour of the facility, classroom instruction and a table top exercise. The course is scheduled for Friday, March 15, 2019 from 9 a.m. until noon. Participants will receive a certificate upon competition. Space is limited to 25 people and will fill up quickly. Additional Citizen’s Academy courses will be scheduled monthly. 

Information about the course and the application can be found on our website at

For questions regarding the Citizen’s Academy, please contact or (803) 737-8500.