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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 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.

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S.C. to Get Federal Assistance in Wake Of Winter Storm

2014 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.

Click here for all previous information about the February 2014 Winter Storm


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SCEMD Offered Courses:
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G358  Evacuation & Re-Entry Jan. 14-15, 2014  
New Director & Staff Orientation Jan. 22-23, 2014  
G290/291  Basic PIO-JIS/JIC                  Course Full- Registration Closed Jan. 28-30, 2014  
MGT 315  Enhanced Threat and Risk Assessment Feb. 4-5, 2014  
AWR 209  Dealing with the Media          Course Full-Registration Closed Feb. 19, 2014  
G386  Mass Fatalities Feb. 26-27, 2014  
G288  Local Volunteer & Donations Management Mar. 12-13, 2014  
MGT 318  Public Information for All Hazards   Course Full- Registration Closed Mar. 19-20, 2014  
G191  ICS/EOC interface Mar. 26, 2014  
MGT 312  Sr. Officials Workshop Mar. 27, 2014  
G318  Mitigation Planning Apr. 2-3, 2014  
(STEP)  Surface Transportation Emergency Planning for Freight by Rail or Highway Apr. 15-16, 2014  
MGT 404  Sports & Special Events Incident Mtg Course Full-Registration Closed May 7-8, 2014  
ICS 300  Intermediate ICS        Course Full-Registration Closed May 13-15, 2014  
MGT 324  Prevention for/Response to & Recovery from Campus Emergencies Jun. 11-12, 2014  
G270.4  Recovery from Disaster Jun. 25-26, 2014  
MGT 347  ICS Forms Review Jul. 1, 2014  
ICS 400  Advanced ICS Jul. 2-3, 2014  
MGT 346  EOC Management & Planning Jul. 8-10, 2014  
G290/291  Basic PIO-JIS/JIC Jul. 29-31, 2014  
G557  Local Situation (RAPID) Assessment Aug. 7, 2014  
PER 213  Wide Area Search Sept. 23-25, 2014  
G288  Local Volunteer & Donations Management- Regional Offering Oct. 1-2, 2014  
L364   Multi Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools Sept. 3-4, 2014  



Disaster Assistance Workshop (DAW) Feb. 20, 2014- Spartanburg
Disaster Assistance Workshop (DAW) May 22, 2014- SCEMD
Disaster Assistance Workshop (DAW) Aug. 14, 2014- Lowcountry  TBD
Disaster Assistance Workshop (DAW) Nov. 13, 2014- SCEMD


CERT Training- click here for more information 


County Hosted Offerings: (Contact the appropriate county for specific course information and to register)

Medical Management of CBRNE Events- March 29-30, 2014-  Spartanburg County-  864-595-5365

MGT 345 Disaster Management for Electric Power Sysemts-Feb. 11-12, 2014-  Berkeley County-  843-719-4168

MGT 343 Disaster Management for Water & Wastewater Utilities-Mar 12-13, 2014-  Berkeley County- 843-719-4168

ICS 300- Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents - Horry County-  843-915-6925

ICS 400-Command and General Staff, Complex Incidents & Multiagency Coordination-  Horry County-  843-915-6925






Dangerous Storm Forecasted for South Carolina

Columbia, S.C. (Monday, February 10, 3:30 P.M.) - The South Carolina Emergency Management Division asks residents to prepare themselves and their homes for winter weather that is expected to be dangerous. The National Weather Service says the forecast for this week calls for snow and ice accumulations with freezing temperatures lasting into Thursday.

Residents should prepare for the possibility of power outages, problems with pipes that are not fully insulated or at risk to burst and very dangerous driving conditions.

State and local agencies are putting emergency plans in place for winter weather and urge everyone in South Carolina to consider preparations to keep your home, community, family, vehicles and pets safe.

Every household should have an emergency preparedness plan in place.  Start by posting important numbers by the telephone, such as utility companies and emergency responders.

Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).  Be alert to changing weather conditions.  NOTE:  The status of State Government offices will be broadcast via SCETV television and radio, and listed on 

Once ice begins to accumulate on bridges, overpasses and secondary streets, travel may become treacherous.  If you are on the roadway, drive slowly and watch for black ice.

The plan should include a winter weather kit that can be easily put together and should include the following items:

  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • Battery-powered NOAA weather radio and a portable AM/FM radio
  • Extra food and water, such as non-perishable/high-energy foods and snacks
  • Extra medication
  • Extra baby items, especially if you have infants or small children
  • Basic First-Aid supplies
  • Blankets, sleeping bags and extra clothing for warmth
  • Charge all cell phones ahead of time
  • Gather and store extra firewood in a dry sheltered area

Always keep safety in mind when using home heating appliances.  Build a small fire in the fireplace to heat a room.  A fire that is too big or too hot could damage the chimney and catch the house on fire.  Make sure the fire in the fireplace is completely out before leaving the home or when going to sleep.  Never burn charcoal inside the home.

Space heaters can be dangerous if not used properly.  Keep plenty of space around the heater and remember to turn the heater off if you leave the room for an extended period of time or when going to sleep.  Never place combustibles such as clothing, furniture or bedding too close to the space heater.

Kerosene heaters should be used in well-ventilated areas.  In order to refuel a kerosene heater, allow the heater to properly cool.  Always refuel outdoors.  Remember to use the proper type of fuel for kerosene heaters.  Never mix kerosene with other types of fuels.  Kerosene heaters should not be left burning for an extended period of time, especially when leaving the home or going to sleep.

If you lose power and decide to employ a portable generator, remember to keep the generator outside and a safe distance away from the house.  Never use generators inside a basement or garage.  The generator should be placed outside in a well-ventilated area.  Use only the amount of power necessary to maintain essential appliances and lights.

Avoid contact with downed power lines.  If you lose power don’t go outside in the dark to investigate.  Contact with an energized electrical line may cause severe injury or even death.  All downed utility lines should be considered “live.”  Report downed power lines to the fire department and the appropriate utility company.

The prolonged cold temperatures could cause a thin sheet of ice to form on open bodies of water.  Avoid any frozen body of water such as a lake, creek, ditch, or pond.  The ice will not be thick enough or strong enough to support the weight of a child or small pet.  Post warning signs around frozen bodies of water.  Simply put, stay off the ice!

Limit time outdoors in the cold.  Prolonged exposure to cold may cause hypothermia or frostbite.  Wear multiple layers of clothing and remember to cover your hands, face, and ears whenever possible.
Consider safety precautions for small pets.  Bring pets indoors if at all possible.  The improper use of heat lamps should be avoided due to the potential hazard or injury to pets.

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