S.C. Attains National EMAP Accreditation
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (Wednesday, December 4, 3:00 P.M.) - The South Carolina Emergency Management Division and the State Emergency Response Team received the high honor of national accreditation this August from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program. EMAP is a nationally recognized voluntary review process that demonstrates through self-assessment, documentation and peer review, that a program meets national standards for emergency management programs. Seven assessors evaluated 64 areas to find SCEMD and SERT in compliance. EMAP officials told SCEMD that this is only the second time in their program’s history that a state was found to be complaint at the out-brief stage of the review process. SCEMD officials attribute this prestigious accomplishment to the hard work and professionalism of SCEMD and SERT staff. EMAP accreditation is not easy as only half of the states have been awarded this honor.
CodeRed Alerts from SCEMD
Get emergency notifications from SCEMD by phone, text and email.
- Alert Types: Notifications will be sent out when a major disaster is imminent or has just occurred, at the request of county emergency managers and various emergency situations requiring you to take personal protective actions.
You cannot assume your phone number is already included in our emergency notification database. Individuals and businesses are encouraged to add your own phone numbers directly into the system via the Community Notification Enrollment Page for SCEMD. The secure, customized CNE page allows our residents and businesses to add or update their contact information to ensure they will be included when an emergency, general, or weather message is sent – unlisted numbers, mobile numbers, TD/TTY requirements can all be entered.
- Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code, and primary phone number, additional phone numbers can be entered as well.
All businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year, and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number.
- Caller ID: Registered citizens will know the call is from Code Red Weather Warning when you see the telephone number 1-800-566-9780. If you would like to hear the last message delivered to your phone, simply dial the number back.
- Privacy: Your contact information will remain private and will only be used for severe weather or emergency alerts.
Anyone with questions can contact SCEMD at email@example.com or 803-737-8500.
Tropical Storm Andrea Forms, Prompting Preps
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Thursday, June 6, 2013, 9:30 a.m.) – The first named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season has formed and could potentially affect South Carolina. The National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center expect Tropical Storm Andrea to produce heavy rain and wind in many parts of the state beginning tonight and lasting through Friday morning. The S.C. Emergency Management Division, county emergency managers and state agencies are watching the latest forecasts and planning as necessary.
Severe weather, tornadoes, heavy rains and flooding have already impacted many areas this week. SCEMD urges everyone to listen to NOAA Weather Radio, local media, review emergency plans and use caution as conditions warrant.
During a Flood
- 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.
Be aware that tropical storms can form tornadoes. Pay attention to NOAA Weather Radio alerts for your area and be prepared to seek shelter.
- Visit www.scemd.org for updates and preparation information
- Social: SCEMD will be posting information via social media such as Twitter and Facebook, @SCEMD using hashtags #scwx, #sctweets #TSAndrea.
- All SCEMD social feeds are here: www.tinyurl.com/SocialSCEMD.
- Real-time travel information from SCDOT: http://www.scdot.org/getting/travelAdvisories.aspx