The Director has responsibility for maintaining oversight of the state's preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation activities, to include the daily management of the division. The Director is also responsible for the state's coordination efforts with emergency management personnel at the local and national levels.
Chief of Staff assists the Director in daily operations and management of sections within the Division.
Legal coordinates legal and legislative affairs concerning SCEMD.
Public Information (contact us) is responsible for communicating vital information to the public before, during and after disasters. This section coordinates with broadcast, print and social media to disseminate information that is accurate and timely, and promotes public education for citizen preparedness and emergency management issues.
Finance and Administrative Services has responsibility for overall fiscal operations, grants, and general administration.
Preparedness has responsibility for the development, coordination, and maintenance of the South Carolina Emergency Operations Plan, Hurricane Plan, Earthquake Plan, Terrorism Plan and other selected plans. This section is responsible for the training of emergency planners and response personnel at the state and county levels as well as the development and execution of state emergency management exercises.
Operations has responsibility for the maintenance and operation of the State Emergency Operations Center and the Alternate EOC. It develops and updates standard operating procedures used to coordinate the state’s response to emergencies. The Operations Section coordinates and manages the Regional Emergency Management program and the personnel therein. There are six emergency management regions throughout the State, each with a Regional Emergency Manager and an Emergency Management Coordinator. They are responsible for coordination and SCEMD support to counties and local emergency managers.
Additionally, the Operations Section is responsible for the State Warning Point, which receives and reports disaster-related information 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The SWP maintains statewide communications with county emergency officials, National Weather Service offices, fixed nuclear facilities, the National Hurricane Center, state agencies, and primary Emergency Alert System radio stations. Initial coordination and response to incidents are conducted through the SWP until the need for SEOC activation is warranted. The SWP provides the Emergency Management Division with efficient and effective communications and serves as the contact point for local, state, and federal government agencies.
Operations Support has primary responsibility for facility management which includes building systems maintenance and the State Emergency Operations Center, communications, information technology and logistics. This section oversees development and implementation of technical communications systems and the day-to-day operations of the logistical staging areas. It also has the responsibility to maintain and update the Division's information technology infrastructure and all software systems. Within this section, personnel coordinate the ordering, receiving, storing, and processing of all resources, personnel, and supplies during incidents.
Recovery and Mitigation has responsibility for the Public Assistance (infrastructure) and Individual Assistance (human services) programs, activities and planning to assist citizens and private sector organizations during the recovery phase. These programs provide for the repair of damaged infrastructures and the human services programs administered to the public in the aftermath of a disaster when there is a Presidential disaster declaration. Mitigation has responsibility for programs that focus on the prevention of damage to personal dwellings and state and local infrastructure. This section coordinates technical assistance, including state and local risk assessment, and planning, as well as administers the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program (PDM) and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).