SCEMD Monitors Hurricane Arthur
BEACHGOERS URGED TO WATCH HURRICANE ARTHUR
- Before you leave for the beach, check the latest National Weather Service forecast at www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov for local beach conditions.
- Obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards. Lifeguards are trained to identify hazards.
- Know the meaning of and obey warnings represented by colored beach flags.
- Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist alongside these structures.
- Pay especially close attention to children and persons who are elderly when at the beach.
- Even in shallow water, wave action can cause loss of footing.
- Be cautious. Always assume rip currents are present even if you don’t see them.
- Remain calm to conserve energy and think clearly.
- NEVER swim against the rip current. Stay afloat and signal for help.
- Swim out of the current in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the current, swim
- at an angle – away from the current – towards shore.
- If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water.
- Draw attention to yourself: face the shore, wave your arms, and shout for help.
- Get help from a lifeguard, or if one is unavailable have someone call 9-1-1.
- Throw the rip current victim something that floats – a lifejacket, a cooler, an inflatable ball.
- Shout instructions on how to escape.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 3:30 p.m.) – The South Carolina Emergency Management Division is monitoring Tropical Storm Arthur, the first named storm of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season. As a result of the storm’s projected movement up the east coast, key agencies in South Carolina government have been notified to be ready to respond if the need arises.
People in potentially vulnerable areas should review their plans and consider actions they would need to take if the storm threatens South Carolina. The public should monitor the storm on NOAA weather radio and through local news media, especially people in low-lying areas along the South Carolina coast.
The Division will increase its state of operational readiness to Condition 4 at 5:00 p.m. today. OpCon4 is the second lowest of five operational conditions. Personnel representing key state response agencies were notified to review plans and procedures and are on call if needed.
- The official 2014 S.C. Hurricane Guide is available at every Walgreen's statewide and for download here.
- Follow the Division's social feeds for @SCEMD content posted in your newsfeeds.
- Review your family emergency plans, and make sure you KNOW YOUR ZONE.
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid heavy meals at lunch time
- Maintain a well balanced diet
- Wear appropriate clothing
- Use sunscreen
- Follow recommended work/rest cycles
- Keep areas well ventilated
- Schedule outdoor activities during the cooler part of the day
- Use the buddy system
- Monitor those at risk
- Use common sense
- When starting a fitness regimen or new exercise, start slowly
- Choose exercise appropriate for your age and conditioning
- Start with warm-up
- Finish with cool down
- Know your exercise limits
- Dress appropriately
- Inspect your bicycle for serviceability
- WEAR A HELMET
- Inflate tires properly
- Check your brakes
- When you ride……..
- See and be seen
- Carry a backpack with essential repair tools
- Avoid riding at night
- Ride single file with traffic and obey traffic signs
- Use hand signals
- Stay alert for road hazards
- Watch for motorists
- Stay out of driver’s blind spots
- Pace yourself
- Good running shoes are essential
- Always jog against traffic
- Be seen while running
- Finish with cool down
- Wearing headphones is common, but can be dangerous because music via headphones interferes with your awareness of whats around you.
- Learn to swim and know “your limits”
- Use the buddy system
- Swim with supervision from someone not in the water
- Obey “NO DIVING” signs - they are there for a very good reason.
- Don’t drink and swim
- Wear personal flotation devices and/or life vests when boating and fishing
- Know the weather conditions - Summer weather can go from sunny and perfect to severe very quickly in South Carolina. Check the forecast before water activities begin and frequently during. Have a NOAA weather radio close by.
- Don’t swim after eating, while chewing gum or after drinking.
- Most boating mishaps involve capsizing, falls overboard and collisions. About 90% of all fatalities are caused by drowning, and in nearly all cases personal floatation (PFD’s) wereNOT used.
- Yield right of way
- Be aware of others
- Avoid alcohol
- Maintain a safe speed
- Don’t overload
- Don’t loan to inexperienced operators
- Wear proper clothing
- Ensure proper maintenance
To prevent potential rabies exposure, avoid wild animals, bats, and domestic animals which are unknown to you or which display strange behavior
- Check to see if anyone around you is allergic to insect bites or stings and ensure that they have an emergency first-aid kit on hand.Use insect repellent (follow directions)
- When camping, inspect bedding before use, and avoid sleeping or leaving clothes in damp places.
- Food and crumbs attract insects
- Keep your pets indoors during the hottest times of the day. Make sure your animals have plenty of ways to stay cool if they spend time outdoors at all during the summer months.
- As you prepare ways for yourself to beat the heat, include your pet in planning & preps.
- Ice and Ice Water
- A pool to play in
- Shaded areas
- Do NOT leave your pet (or child for that matter) in a car with no ability to get out of the vehicle
- Bring them inside
Ice Storm Reimbursement Deadline Extended
Columbia, S.C. (Wednesday, April 9, 2014) - The S.C. Emergency Management Division announced today that any applicant eligible for federal reimbursement from the Feb. 10-14 winter weather event should submit a formal request to the agency before May 9. SCEMD is accepting Requests for Public Assistance from any local government, state agency or private not-for profit located within the 22-county designated federal disaster area. Submitting the RPA to SCEMD allows eligible applicants to begin the FEMA Public Assistance reimbursement process. Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for debris removal, emergency work and the repair or replacement of eligible facilities in the State of South Carolina for Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Berkeley, Calhoun, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Dillon, Dorchester, Edgefield, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Lexington, Marion, Orangeburg, Saluda, Sumter and Williamsburg counties.
It is extremely important for all government agencies and eligible private non-profit organizations that have eligible costs or damages associated with the winter weather event to compete this form as soon as possible to ensure they will be available to receive funding. SCEMD’s Recovery Section has worked with FEMA conducting a series of briefings and meetings with local governments to share information on the reimbursement process and the necessary steps to take. Completed RPA forms should be returned to SCEMD by email at to email@example.com or via fax to 803-737-8570. Private non-profit organizations (including electric cooperatives) will require additional support documentation, including (1) Tax Exemption Certificate and (2) either organizational by-laws OR a (signed) copy of charter/articles of incorporation. All RPAs must be vetted by SCEMD staff, submitted to FEMA, and entered into their system no later than May 9, 2014.
S.C. to Get Federal Assistance in Wake Of Winter Storm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 1:15 p.m.) – In response to Governor Nikki Haley’s request, President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster area for parts of South Carolina.
Federal disaster aid is now available for 21 counties in South Carolina which were most severely affected by the February 10-14 winter storm. The FEMA Public Assistance program helps reimburse local and state governments and non-profit organizations and co-ops for certain expenses they incurred. Because the ice storm damage was not significant and widespread on uninsured homes or businesses, the citizens are not eligible for federal assistance in this instance.
On March 4, Governor Haley formally requested a disaster declaration from the White House for Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Berkeley, Calhoun, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Dillon, Dorchester, Edgefield, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Marion, Orangeburg, Saluda, Sumter, and Williamsburg counties. Her request followed an assessment of damages by representatives of the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, affected electric co-ops, and local and municipal governments.
Under the Public Assistance Program, state and affected local governments are eligible to apply for federal funding to pay 75 percent of the approved costs for debris removal, emergency services related to the storm, and the repair or replacement of damaged public utilities. The division of the remaining 25 percent will be determined later. More information about this program can be found here.
The declaration also makes cost-shared funding available to the state for approved projects that reduce – or mitigate -- future disaster risks. Funds under this program will be available to state agencies, local governments, and certain non-profit organizations only. A wide variety of potential projects is eligible.
The S.C. Emergency Management Division will explain procedures for requesting assistance at a series of applicant briefings at locations to be announced shortly in the affected areas.