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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...

 

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, Nov. 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. (Thursday, October 27) – 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, 2016) - COLUMBIA, S.C. – 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, 2016) - COLUMBIA, S.C. – 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...

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) - COLUMBIA, S.C. – 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...

Public And Individual Assistance For Storm Damage, Response Costs Approved For Additional Counties

Columbia, S.C. (Tuesday, October 18, 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) - COLUMBIA, S.C. – 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) - COLUMBIA, S.C. – 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) - COLUMBIA, S.C. – 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) - COLUMBIA, S.C. – 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) - COLUMBIA, S.C. – 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) - COLUMBIA, S.C. – 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) - COLUMBIA, S.C. – 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) - COLUMBIA, S.C. – 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) - COLUMBIA, S.C. – 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) - COLUMBIA, S.C. – 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. (Friday, October 7, 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. - 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.

As state officials continue to monitor weather conditions, the governor will update residents about preparations for Hurricane Matthew, including the need for an evacuation of coastal areas, during a news conference tomorrow, Wednesday, October 5, at 9:00 AM.

Schools and county and state government offices in the following counties will be closed starting Wednesday, October 5, 2016: Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Berkeley, Beaufort, Calhoun, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Lee, Lexington, Marlboro, Marion, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter, and Williamsburg counties.

Residents in the following evacuation zones should make preparations for a potential evacuation beginning at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, October 5, 2016:
Beaufort: Zone A, Entire county
Jasper: A and B
Colleton: A Only
Charleston: A, B, C
Dorchester: B, D, E, and F
Berkeley: A, B, C, G, and I
Horry: A only
Georgetown: A only
 
Know Your Zone: Your zone is how you will know to evacuate and which evacuation route to use. This information is detailed in the 2016 S.C. Hurricane Guide and available via in interactive map at scemd.org/knowyourzone.

Prepare to evacuate:  Residents preparing to evacuate tomorrow should become familiar with evacuation routes, which are marked with special signs.  Consider where you will stay once you evacuate. Options include: a hotel, motel, or friend’s home that is outside the vulnerable area or an American Red Cross shelter.  Hotels and motels fill up quickly and out-of-county evacuations take time. Emergency shelters will be announced as soon as they are open.

Fuel cars, keep supplies in vehicles, secure important documents:  If the storm approaches South Carolina, individuals and families should fill up their cars with gas.  Road maps, nonperishable snack foods, a first-aid kit that includes a supply of your family’s prescription medications, and convenience items such as diapers should be available in the car.  Secure important documents in waterproof packaging.
Consider the safety of pets:  Pets are not allowed in Red Cross shelters.  Individuals and families should plan to board pets with veterinarians, kennels, or other facilities in non-vulnerable areas.  Identification and rabies tags should be attached to the pets’ collars.

If the National Hurricane Center issues a hurricane watch, a hurricane will be possible within 48 hours, and residents who live in vulnerable areas should stay tuned.  If a hurricane warning is issued, a hurricane is expected within 36 hours.  If you live in a highly vulnerable area and are advised to evacuate, you should be prepared to leave immediately.

Everyone in South Carolina is urged to continue to monitor the developing forecasts from the National Hurricane Center through local news media and trusted sources online. Pay attention to emergency warnings from local and state public safety officials and take safety actions if instructed to do so.

South Carolina’s Emergency Response Team is operating 24-hours a day from the state’s emergency operations center preparing for hazardous conditions associated with Hurricane Matthew.
For more information visit scemd.org or follow @SCEMD on Twitter and Facebook.
 

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 that could affect the East Coast U.S. in the coming days. Based on the storm’s projected strength and uncertain movement over the next week, SCEMD has recommended that members of South Carolina’s Emergency Response Team begin reviewing plans and notifying response staff.
 
This weekend, SCEMD Director Kim Stenson conducted conference calls with county emergency managers, SERT agencies and local National Weather Service offices. The agencies on these coordination calls shared current status information and discussed emergency plans in advance of any response to the storm. 
 
“It’s too soon to rule out any possibilities,” Stenson said “Hurricane Matthew has quickly strengthened into a dangerous storm and its projected path could put South Carolina in harm’s way. Fortunately, people in South Carolina have time. While we hope we never see a hurricane head our way, we all need prepare for the possible effects.”
 
Forecasters with our local NWS offices predict that even if Hurricane Matthew remains at sea, the state’s coast could see tropical storm-force winds and flooding. People in potentially vulnerable areas should review personal safety plans, become familiar local evacuation zones in coastal counties and locate the nearest hurricane evacuation routes. This information is detailed in the 2016 S.C. Hurricane Guide, currently available at all Walgreen’s stores statewide, at all rest areas along interstates and for download here at scemd.org.
 
The Division has increased operational readiness to Condition 4. OPCON 4 is the next highest response level above normal, day-to-day activities, and emergency managers make initial preparations for the possibility of any hazardous situations.  Select personnel from SCEMD’s Operations and Preparedness sections continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew from the State Emergency Operations Center in West Columbia.
 
Know Your Zone for Hurricane Evacuation#KnowYourZone
SCEMD encourages everyone living near or visiting the coast to “Know Your Zone” in case a hurricane prompts an evacuation.  Visit the “Know Your Zone” section here at scemd.org to use an interactive map showing new, color-coded coastal evacuation zones, routes and links to county emergency management pages with detailed hurricane evacuation information.
 
The Official 2015 South Carolina Hurricane Guide will be released via 10 coastal newspapers, available in 20 SCDMV offices in coastal counties and at any Walgreens store statewide. The Guide will be available for download at here.
2016 SC Hurricane Guide, Download Now
 
 
 
 
 
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