Representatives of resident military installations within South Carolina are meeting with state and county emergency managers on today to discuss how federal military installations and local governments can be mutually supportive during emergencies and disasters.
Representatives of active duty, Reserve and National Guard components have registered to attend the event, the second of its kind to be hosted by the South Carolina Emergency Management Division of the Adjutant General’s Office. The seminar will include remarks by Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston, South Carolina’s Adjutant General, and Kim Stenson, the Division Director.
“The idea behind this seminar is to give government and military authorities the opportunity to discuss how military and local plans will mesh during the response to an event such as a hurricane,” Stenson said. “When a major hurricane forces a coastal evacuation, it has tremendous ramifications for the entire state, including military installations, transportation assets and the sheltering of military folks and their families.”
In addition to the S.C. National Guard and the S.C. State Guard, which play major roles in emergencies and disasters, military representation will include the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers from installations including Fort Jackson in Columbia, Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, Marine installations at Parris Island and Beaufort, Navy and Coast Guard installations in Charleston, and military units at the Donaldson Center in Greenville. Federal presence also will include the Federal Emergency Management Agency Defense Coordinating Officer.