Winter Weather Awareness Week

2014 S.C. Winter Weather Awareness Week

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division and the agencies of the State Emergency Response Team will be holding a joint Winter Weather Awareness Week media availability the morning of December 1 at 11:00 at the State Emergency Operations Center.  
Members of the media will have an opportunity to discuss preparations for the upcoming winter season with S.C. Adjutant General Robert Livingston, SCEMD Director Kim Stenson, State Fire Marshal Bert Polk, Captain Rob Woods with the S.C. Highway Patrol, Tom Johnson with the S.C. Dept. of Transportation, Tom Allen with the S.C. Office of Regulatory Staff, S.C. Dept. of Insurance Director Ray Farmer and Steven Naglic with the National Weather Service.  
All media covering South Carolina are encouraged to attend this news conference in person.
Representatives will discuss ways residents can currently prepare for severe winter conditions, including road and fire safety, plus information about an all-new publication, the "South Carolina Severe Winter Weather Guide", which will be publicly available beginning Dec. 1.  
Governor Nikki Haley has proclaimed the week of November 30 through December 6 as South Carolina Winter Weather Awareness Week.  This is the first time the State of South Carolina has co-sponsored this week with NWS.  
Agencies of the SERT will be joined by the organizations who contributed directly to the printing and distribution of the new Winter Weather Guide including: State Farm Insurance, SCE&G, Duke Energy, the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Santee Cooper Power and Walgreens.  

Governor Nikki Haley's Proclamation for Winter Weather Awareness Week

Governor Nikki Haley's Proclamation



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Severe Winter Weather Guide

Be prepared for severe winter weather by downloading this resource guide
produced by the South Carolina Emergency Response Team:

(Click cover to download)

S.C. Severe Winter Weather Guide


Special appreciation goes to these organizations that provided monetary contributions for the printing and distribution of the South Carolina Severe Winter Weather Guide:

State Farm             Duke Energy        Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina


SCE&G             Santee Cooper


Earthquake Guide Now Available Statewide

EQGhires1COLUMBIA, S.C. (Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 10:00 a.m.) – The South Carolina Earthquake Guide is available for the first time statewide via the Senior P.R.E.P. section at every Walgreens store in the state.  The S.C. Earthquake Guide is the first publication that details South Carolina-specific information on what citizens should do before, during and after a major earthquake. 

The S.C. Emergency Management Division is a partner with the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging and Walgreens to sponsor the Senior P.R.E.P. (Planning Resources for Emergency Preparedness) program.  Senior P.R.E.P highlights a different type of South Carolina hazard each month to offer preparedness tips.  The month of October will feature earthquake information leading up to and during S.C. Earthquake Awareness Week and the Great Southeast ShakeOut! earthquake drill on October 16.  SCEMD encourages everyone in South Carolina to register for and take part in the Great Southeast ShakeOut. 

South Carolina has been recognized by the U.S. Geological Survey as one of the most seismically active states in the country.  Since February 2013, there have been 24 low-magnitude earthquakes recorded in the state, including the 4.1 earthquake in Edgefield on February 14 of this year.  The largest earthquake ever recorded on the East Coast had a 7.3 magnitude and its epicenter was in Summerville on August 31, 1886.

In addition to hard copies being available at Walgreens, the Earthquake Guide is also available for download on SCEMD’s website in multiple formats


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The Great Southeast ShakeOut

Similar to other emergency preparedness drills sponsored by SCEMD, the signal to begin the drill will be broadcast at 10:16 a.m. on October 16 via NOAA tone-alert weather radio and broadcast media

Registration on the Southeast ShakeOut site is an important part of this event.  The Great ShakeOut is open to everyone in South Carolina.  To register, go to  Be sure to include the total number of people taking part in the drill with you.  More than 1.4 million participants total from South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Washington, D.C., have registered so far. 


South Carolina Earthquake Resources:

The South Carolina Earthquake Guide

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South Carolina Earthquakes via USGS

Southeast ShakeOut Resources page

ShakeOut Frequently Asked Questions page

South Carolina Earthquake Education & Preparedness Program



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