Welcome To SCEMD
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division, a division of the Adjutant General's Office, is the coordinating agency responsible for the statewide emergency management program. SCEMD’s mission is to develop, coordinate, and lead the state emergency management program, enabling effective preparation for, response to and recovery from emergencies and disasters in order to save lives, reduce human suffering and minimize property loss. South Carolina is threatened by many natural and technological hazards. Disasters and emergency situations can happen anytime and anywhere. When disaster strikes, you may not have much time to respond, so it is important that you and your family are prepared.
SCEMD Wins National Public Information Award
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Tuesday, April 23, 2013) – The National Association of Government Communicators awarded the South Carolina Emergency Management Division its prestigious 2013 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award. SCEMD received this national recognition for the South Carolina Earthquake Guide, a brochure that contains information on what to do before, during and after one of South Carolina’s greatest natural vulnerabilities.
The NAGC’s Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Awards are presented annually to agencies from around the country for excellence in government communications. NAGC judges selected the Earthquake Guide out of hundreds of nominations in the “Special Purpose Publication” category. A booklet from the National Science Foundation received 2nd Place.
The Earthquake Guide was the first, official publication to detail the state’s seismic threat and how best to prepare for a major earthquake. The S.C. Earthquake Guide was the first publication to fully incorporate SCEMD’s social media and was made available for download online at scemd.org. SCEMD developed the Guide with our partner organizations such as S.C. Earthquake Education and Preparedness Program at College of Charleston, the University of South Carolina Seismic Network, the S.C. State Geologist’s Office, the S.C. Insurance News Service, S.C. State Archives, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and others.
Since its publication the Guide has been used as a model for other earthquake prone states to develop their own brochures, specifically member states of the Central United States Earthquake Consortium.
The National Association of Government Communicators is a national not-for-profit professional network of federal, state and local government employees who disseminate information within and outside government. Its members are editors, writers, graphic artists, video professionals, broadcasters, photographers, information specialists and agency spokespersons.