SCEMD Conducts Evacuation Needs Survey
- The number of functional needs citizens needing transportation during hurricane evacuations, such as low income, homebound, immobile, disabled, physically or mentally impaired, power-dependent, or any other vulnerable individuals who require special assistance during emergency evacuations.
- The locations of where these citizens live in relation to established evacuation routes.
- The type of transportation assistance required for emergency evacuation, such as ambulances, vehicles that accommodate wheelchairs, etc.
SCEMD Monitors Subtropical Storm Ana
- Monitor local media and NOAA Weather Radio for the most current weather conditions.
- Obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards and local emergency officials.
- Know the meaning of and obey warnings represented by colored beach flags.
- Be aware of potential flash flooding. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move to higher ground. Do not wait to be told to move.
- If time allows, prepare your home for a flood by moving essential items to an upper floor, bring in outdoor furniture, disconnect electrical appliances and be prepared to turn off the gas, electricity and water.
- Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
- Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be quickly swept away.
- Visit www.scemd.org for updates and preparation information.
- All SCEMD social feeds are here.
- Real-time travel information from SCDOT: http://www.scdot.org/getting/travelAdvisories.aspx.
- The National Hurricane Center: www.hurricanes.gov.
The 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins June 1 and lasts until November 30.
South Carolina Prepares for Another Round of Winter Weather
- Check on anyone who may need extra help during winter weather.
- Call 911 for life-threatening emergencies only.
- Remember to keep a full charge on your cell phone and mobile devices so that they can be used during an emergency.
- Motorists should be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roadways, which tend to freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
- Power outages are expected to be minimal but possible with this storm. If you lose power, know how to report the outage to your utility company and have alternate, safe means of staying warm.
- Monitor local media for information about warming shelters that have been opened by county emergency managers.
- Keep alternative heating sources prepared. If you have a fireplace, store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood. Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure your family knows how to use them.
- Properly vent kerosene heaters and keep any electric generators OUTSIDE and away from any open windows or doors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, do not burn charcoal indoors. Carbon monoxide poisoning can result from charcoal fumes indoors.
- Never operate a portable generator indoors.
- Keep fresh batteries on hand to use with flashlights and NOAA tone-alert weather radios.
- Provide some options for outdoor pets and domestic animals to stay warm.
- Follow @SCEMD social feeds at www.facebook.com/SCEMD and www.twitter.com/SCEMD.
- The official South Carolina Severe Winter Weather Guide is available at any Walgreen’s store in the state and for download here on our website.
- Any closings and/or delayed opening of state government offices will be posted at scemd.org/closings and broadcast on SCETV television and radio.
- Hazardous weather driving tips from the S.C. Highway Patrol.
- Get real-time road conditions from SCDOT’s Severe Winter page.
Disaster Assistance Documentation
Individual Assitance (IA) Documentation
Public Assitance (PA) Documentation
S.C. Should Prepare for Freezing Temps
- Stock up on heating fuel and prepare emergency heating sources, such as fireplaces, wood stoves and space heaters. (WARNING: Never burn charcoal briquettes or run a generator indoors.)
- Remember the usual emergency supplies: a flashlight and batteries, a battery-powered radio, extra non-perishable food and water, extra medicines and baby items, and first-aid supplies.
- Freezing temperatures can burst water pipes in homes that lack heat or proper insulation. Wrap exposed pipes or take other measures to insulate them from the cold.
- Prepare a place indoors for pets. Move farm animals to shelters and have extra feed and water available.
- Watch for signs of frostbite such as the loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as finger, toes, ear lobes and the tip of your nose.
- Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
- Be aware of possible carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire if using alternative sources for electricity, heating or cooking.
- Residents are encouraged to check on elderly and at-risk neighbors and relatives due to the increased potential for power outages and cold temperatures.
- Stay updated with the latest emergency information from SCEMD by following our social feeds, facebook.com/SCEMD and on Twitter @SCEMD.