2016 News Releases

Take Steps Now to Prepare for Severe Winter Weather
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley has proclaimed the week of December 4 through December 10, 2016, as South Carolina Winter Weather Preparedness Week. Read More...
 
S.C. Residents Have Two Weeks to Apply for Federal Disaster Assistance
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Tuesday, November 29) – The last day for Hurricane Matthew survivors to register for Federal disaster assistance is December 13, 2016. Read More...
 
Disaster Recovery Centers Open In Charleston And Jasper Counties To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Wednesday, November 9) – Disaster recovery centers are now open in North Charleston and Ridgeland to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew. The Charleston and Jasper County centers will be open Monday through Saturday until further notice.READ MORE...
 
Register Now for Free FEMA/FLASH Charleston QuakeSmart Workshop
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Thursday, November 3) – The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), FEMA, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), South Carolina Department of Insurance, South Carolina Emergency Management Division, and their partners are now accepting registrations for the QuakeSmart “Earthquake” disaster preparedness workshop.READ MORE...
 
Disaster Recovery Centers Open In Beaufort And Colleton Counties To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Wednesday, November 2) – A disaster recovery center is now open in Walterboro to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew, the Colleton County center will be open Monday through Saturday until further notice.READ MORE...
 
Disaster Recovery Centers Open In Berkeley And Georgetown Counties To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Tuesday, November 1) – Disaster recovery centers are now open in Georgetown and St. Stephen to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew. The Berkeley and Georgetown County centers will be open Monday through Saturday until further notice.READ MORE...
 
Help for Renters
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Tuesday, November 1) – With so much attention given to businesses and homeowners, survivors who are renters may think they are not eligible for disaster assistance even though they suffered losses from the storms and floods spawned by Hurricane Matthew. But they are.READ MORE...
 
Gov. Nikki Haley To Host Team South Carolina Lowcountry Day
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley will visit Ridgeland on Wednesday, November 2, for a Team South Carolina Hurricane Matthew relief event. Team South Carolina Lowcountry Day will serve residents impacted by the storm from Jasper, Beaufort, Colleton and Hampton counties and will be held from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Jasper County Farmer's Market.READ MORE...
 
Disaster Recovery Center To Open In Horry County To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Thursday, Octpber 27) – A disaster recovery center will open tomorrow, October 28, in Myrtle Beach to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew. The Horry County center will be open Monday through Saturday until further notice.READ MORE...
 
Disaster Recovery Centers Open In Florence And Marion Counties To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Wednesday, October 26) – Disaster recovery centers are now open in Gresham and Lake City to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew. The Florence County and Marion County centers will be open Monday through Saturday until further notice.READ MORE...
 
Berkeley, Charleston And Chesterfield Counties Eligible For FEMA Individual Assistance
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Tuesday, October 25) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved three additional counties for Individual Assistance, allowing survivors who sustained losses to apply for aid in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Counties approved for FEMA Individual Assistance include: Berkeley, Charleston, and Chesterfield.READ MORE...
 
SCEMD, S.C. Commerce Host First Emergency Seminar for Local Businesses
Columbia, S.C. (Tuesday, October 25) - The S.C. Emergency Management Division and the S.C. Department of Commerce will host the first annual Business Emergency Preparedness Seminar on Wednesday, October 26, at the Phillips Market Center in West Columbia. READ MORE...
 
Gov. Nikki Haley To Host Team South Carolina Pee Dee Day
Columbia, S.C. (Friday, October 21, 2016) - COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley will visit Marion on Friday, October 28, for a Team South Carolina Hurricane Matthew relief event.READ MORE...
 
Disaster Recovery Center Opens In Marion County To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors
Columbia, S.C. (Friday, October 21, 2016) – A disaster recovery center will open tomorrow, Saturday, October 22, in Mullins to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew.READ MORE...
 
Disaster Recovery Centers Open In Orangeburg County To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors
Columbia, S.C. (Thursday, October 20, 2016) - COLUMBIA, S.C. – Two disaster recovery centers are open in Orangeburg and Holly Hill to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew.READ MORE...
 
Public And Individual Assistance For Storm Damage, Response Costs Approved For Additional Counties
Columbia, S.C. (Thursday, October 20, 2016) - COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved four additional counties for Individual Assistance, allowing survivors who sustained losses to apply for aid in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.READ MORE...
 
FEMA Approves Reimbursement of Hurricane Matthew Infrastructure Costs for 18 Counties, State Agencies
Columbia, S.C. (Wednesday, October 19, 2016) - COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina state agencies, local governments and non-profit organizations in 18 counties are now eligible through FEMA to recoup costs associated with infrastructure damage caused by Hurricane Matthew.READ MORE...
 
SNAP Recipients in Areas Severely Impacted by Hurricane Matthew to Receive Automatic Replacement of Benefits
Columbia, S.C. (Wednesday, October 19, 2016) - Columbia, S.C. - SNAP recipients who were residing in the following counties at the time of Hurricane Matthew will automatically receive a replacement of a portion of their benefits and do not need to go to the DSS office to request replacement benefits.READ MORE...
 
South Carolina to #ShakeOut for Earthquake Awareness Week
Columbia, S.C. (Tuesday, October 18, 2016) - Columbia, S.C. (Tuesday, October 18, 2016) - Governor Nikki Haley has proclaimed Earthquake Awareness Week for 2016 be observed October 16-22 in South Carolina.READ MORE...
 
Public And Individual Assistance For Storm Damage, Response Costs Approved For Additional Counties
Columbia, S.C. (Monday, October 17, 2016) - COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved fifteen additional counties for Individual Assistance, allowing survivors who sustained losses to apply for aid in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.READ MORE...
 
State Lowers Emergency Status, Recovery Operations Expand
Columbia, S.C. (Sunday, October 16, 2016) - COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina’s state Emergency Response Team is lowering its emergency status from Operating Condition Three to OPCON Four.READ MORE...
 
Marion and Orangeburg Counties Eligible for FEMA Individual Assistance
Columbia, S.C. (Saturday, October 15, 2016) – Residents in Marion and Orangeburg counties who were impacted by Hurricane Matthew are now eligible for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Individual Assistance program.READ MORE...
 
Hurricane Matthew Update
Columbia, S.C. (Friday, October 14, 2016) – The South Carolina Emergency Response Team remains fully dedicated to ongoing relief and recovery efforts as a result of Hurricane Matthew and flooding in the Pee Dee region.READ MORE...
 
DHEC warns of floodwater dangers
Columbia, S.C. (Friday, October 14, 2016)  – Pee Dee area residents, particularly those in hard-hit counties such as Marion, Marlboro, Dillon and Florence, should not wade or play in floodwaters resulting from Hurricane Matthew.READ MORE...
 
SCDNR: Avoid Displaced Wildlife
Columbia, S.C. (Friday, October 14, 2016) – Residents in areas affected by Hurricane Matthew and flooding in the Pee Dee should be cautious of wildlife that have moved to high ground.READ MORE...
 
Call 211 if You Need Help Recovering from Hurricane Matthew
Columbia, S.C. (Wednesday, October 12, 2016) – South Carolina residents continuing to recover from Hurricane Matthew should call 2-1-1 for any assistance if their needs for food, clothing and shelter are not being met.READ MORE...
 
President Declares Disaster for State of South Carolina and 13 Counties
Columbia, S.C. (Tuesday, October 11, 2016)  – In response to Governor Nikki Haley’s request, President Barack Obama declared a major disaster exists in the State of South Carolina and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in 13 counties most severely affected by Hurricane Matthew.READ MORE...
 
S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles deploys mobile units to areas affected by Hurricane Matthew
Columbia, S.C. (Tuesday, October 11, 2016) – In an effort to better serve citizens affected by Hurricane Matthew and subsequent flooding, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will be operating limited offices in Lowcountry, Pee Dee, and Grand Strand counties.READ MORE...
 
Residents Should Ask to See Identification of Hurricane Matthew Relief Workers
Columbia, S.C. (Monday, October 10, 2016) - COLUMBIA, S.C. – Residents in affected counties are encouraged to be mindful of possible scams associated with the recovery efforts of hurricane Matthew.READ MORE...
 
RETURN AND INITIAL RECOVERY INFORMATION FOR RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE MATTHEW
Columbia, S.C. (Monday, October 10, 2016) - COLUMBIA, S.C. – Residents affected by hurricane Matthew should continue monitoring local news sources and verified, official social media feeds for the most up to date information about communities and what to do when returning home.READ MORE...
 
Evacuation Orders Lifted for Horry, Georgetown Counties
Columbia, S.C. (Monday, October 10, 2016) – In coordination with local officials, Governor Nikki Haley announced Monday that evacuation orders have been lifted for all residents in Horry and Georgetown counties as of 8:00 AM.READ MORE...
 
Evacuation Orders Lifted for Beaufort and Jasper Counties
Columbia, S.C. (Sunday, October 9, 2016) – In coordination with local officials, Governor Nikki Haley on Sunday announced that evacuation orders have been lifted for all residents in Beaufort and Jasper counties as of 6:30 PM.READ MORE...
 
Evacuation Orders Lifted For Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley And Colleton Counties
Columbia, S.C. (Sunday, October 9, 2016) – In coordination with local officials, Governor Nikki Haley on Sunday announced that evacuation orders have been lifted for all residents in Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley and Colleton counties as of 10:00 AM.READ MORE...
 
Beware of Scams in the Wake of Hurricane Matthew
Columbia, S.C. (Saturday, October 8, 2016) - Columbia, S.C. — People affected by Hurricane Matthew should be aware of potential scams that could come in the form of emails, phone calls, text messages, and others.READ MORE...
 
Be Aware of Safety and Health Dangers
Columbia, S.C. (Saturday, October 8, 2016) - Columbia, S.C. – Residents should be aware of potential dangers from Hurricane Matthew as county emergency managers have reported downed power lines, fallen trees, and flooded and washed out roads in the Lowcountry, Midlands and Pee Dee regions of South Carolina.READ MORE...
 
DANGEROUS CONDITIONS THROUGHOUT SOUTH CAROLINA
Columbia, S.C. (Saturday, October 8, 2016) - COLUMBIA, S.C. - The S.C. Emergency Response Team strongly reminds all citizens coastal evacuation orders are still in effect. Hurricane Matthew began impacting the state this morning with hurricane and tropical storm-force winds, heavy rain and flooding along the coast and far inland, and forecasters say hazardous conditions will continue to affect evacuated areas for at least the next 12 hours.READ MORE...
 
Helpline for Shelter Locations
Columbia, S.C. (Friday, October 7, 2016) - Columbia, S.C. – Evacuees seeking refuge from Hurricane Matthew should call 1-866-246-0133 to be directed to the nearest open emergency shelter anywhere in the state.READ MORE...
 
Gov. Nikki Haley Announces Evacuation Of Additional Areas In Jasper and Colleton Counties, Zones B
Columbia, S.C. (Thursday, October 6, 2016) - COLUMBIA, S.C. - As Hurricane Matthew continues to threaten the southeastern United States, Governor Nikki Haley today ordered an evacuation of additional coastal areas in Jasper and Colleton, South Carolina.READ MORE...
 
Gov. Nikki Haley Announces Evacuation of Georgetown & Horry Areas
Columbia, S.C. (Thursday, October 6, 2016) - Columbia, S.C. - As Hurricane Matthew continues to threaten the southeastern United States, Governor Nikki Haley today ordered an evacuation of coastal areas in and around Horry and Georgetown, South Carolina.READ MORE...
 
All SC Clam and Oyster Harvesting Areas to Close at Noon Friday
Columbia, S.C. (Wednesday, October 5, 2016) - Columbia, S.C.  - All South Carolina shellfish beds will be closed at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7, 2016 in advance of Hurricane Matthew.READ MORE...
 
Dam, reservoir owners, operators should begin lowering water levels
Columbia, S.C. (Wednesday, October 5, 2016) - Columbia, S.C.  - Owners and operators of reservoirs in areas potentially impacted by rain and winds from Hurricane Matthew should check their dams and take
appropriate steps to safely lower the water levels today and through the next several days in preparation for the storm, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.READ MORE...
 
Emergency Shelters Now Open
Columbia, S.C. (Wednesday, October 5, 2016) - Columbia, S.C.  – The South Carolina Response Team today announced the opening of shelters across the state for residents and visitors who are evacuating from coastal areas as Hurricane Matthew approaches.READ MORE...
 
Gov. Nikki Haley Announces Evacuation of Charleston and Beaufort Areas
Columbia, S.C. (Wednesday, October 5, 2016) - COLUMBIA, S.C. - As Hurricane Matthew threatens the southeastern United States, Governor Nikki Haley today ordered an evacuation of coastal areas in and around Charleston and Beaufort, South Carolina.READ MORE...
 
Governor Nikki Haley Urges Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Matthew
Columbia, S.C. (Tuesday, October 4, 2016) - Governor Nikki Haley today issued an executive order declaring a State of Emergency and asked residents to prepare for a potential evacuation of the South Carolina coast in advance of any impact from Hurricane Matthew.READ MORE...
 
South Carolina Should Prepare for Hurricane Matthew
Columbia, S.C. (Sunday, October 2, 2016) - The S.C. Emergency Management Division has begun initial preparations for Hurricane Matthew, currently a category four hurricane, READ MORE...
 
 
Get Ready to #ShakeOUT for Earthquake Week
The largest earthquake drill in U.S. history is coming as part of 2016 S.C. Earthquake Awareness Week. Join us here...
 
Business Reentry Registration
The Governor of South Carolina has approved into law a new measure that provides a system for post-disaster reentry certification for businesses and organizations that assist in the restoration of utilities and other services. READ MORE... 
 
Rain, Flash Flooding Possible with T.S. Julia
COLUMBIA, S.C. (September 14, 2016) – South Carolina Emergency Management recommends that people pay close attention to weather associated with Tropical Storm Julia. READ MORE...
 
Emergency Managers Monitor Tropical Storm Hermine
COLUMBIA, S.C. (September 2, 2016) – The South Carolina Emergency Response Team continues to monitor Tropical Storm Hermine, which is moving through the state. READ MORE...
 
Extreme Heat and Summer Safety
COLUMBIA, S.C. (July 29, 2016) -  Summer in South Carolina is what the Palmetto State is known for.  With all the fun in the sun to be had, it is also when the potential increases for heat-related injuries. Read More...
 
S.C. Hurricane Guide Available Now
COLUMBIA, S.C. (June 1, 2016) -  The official South Carolina Hurricane Guide is now available.
 
Know Your Flood Risk
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Thursday, April 28, 2016) - As part of National Preparedness Day on April 30, the S.C. Emergency Management Division and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources encourage everyone in South Carolina to take steps that reduce the risks of severe flooding. Read More...
 
Long-term Aid for S.C. Flood Survivors
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Friday, April 1, 2016) - Hearts & Hands Disaster Recovery will be providing long-term disaster case management services throughout the state of South Carolina. Read More...
 
SCEMD Urges Severe Weather Precautions
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 4 p.m.) - The South Carolina Emergency Management Division urges everyone to stay alert for severe weather and possible tornadoes beginning tonight and into tomorrow. READ MORE...
 
SCEMD Seeks Comment on HMGP Spending Proposal
Columbia, S.C. (Monday, February 1, 2016) - SCEMD's Hazard Mitigation team seeks comments on the proposed spending plan for FEMA HMGP funding made available following 4241-DR-SC... READ MORE
 
Prepare for Severe Winter Weather
Columbia, S.C. (Thursday, January 21, 2016) - The South Carolina Emergency Management Division asks residents to prepare themselves and their homes for possible winter weather. The National Weather Service predicts freezing rain and ice accumulations in the Upstate and northern Midlands... READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
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