Three Additional Counties Eligible for Public Assistance Funding in South Carolina

April 1, 2020

Ten South Carolina counties are now eligible to apply for additional funding under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas that sustained damage from severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding that occurred February 6-13, 2020.

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Gov. Henry McMaster Orders Non-Essential Businesses Closed Throughout S.C.

March 31, 2020

Governor Henry McMaster today issued Executive Order 2020-17, which orders the closure of non-essential businesses, as defined by the executive order, throughout the state in order to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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South Carolina Receives Federal Disaster Declaration for COVID-19

March 28, 2020

In response to Governor Henry McMaster’s request, President Donald Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the state of South Carolina and approved federal reimbursementthrough FEMA for costs associated with emergency, life-safety actions in response to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

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SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to South Carolina Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus

March 19, 2020

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to South Carolina small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Henry McMaster on March 17, 2020.

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Joint Information Center Activated for COVID-19

March 16, 2020

The State Emergency Response Team has activated the Joint Information Center for all media covering the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in South Carolina. All media should contact this central location for all South Carolina related inquires related to COVID-19.

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SCEMD updates social media public comment policy

March 16, 2020

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division engages people through many digital outlets, including scemd.org and popular social media platforms. Communicating with SCEMD through social media further enables people to contact SCEMD in a direct and meaningfulway. The goal of SCEMD social media engagement is to be a helpful medium with official information that is conducive to real-time discussions and useful feedback. Most SCEMD social media pages allow interaction in the form of user comments. Users are encouragedto be collaborative and respectful of each other when commenting on official SCEMD social media.

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What You Need to Know About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 13, 2020

Public health officials at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) continue to monitor an emerging outbreak of a novel coronavirus, now referred to as COVID-19.

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S.C. Severe Weather and Flood Safety Week March 8-14, 2020

March 6, 2020

Governor Henry McMaster has proclaimed that South Carolina Severe Weather and Flood Safety Week for 2020 will be observed March 8-14.

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Flooding, cleanup continues after storms

February 7, 2020

Residents in areas affected by Thursday’s storms should continue to use caution when traveling and cleaning up debris. Many roads, particularly in the Upstate, are still flooded in localized areas or are otherwise impassable.

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South Carolina Winter Weather Preparedness Week

November 27, 2019

Governor Henry McMaster has proclaimed the week of December 1 through December 7, 2019, as South Carolina Winter Weather Preparedness Week. The South Carolina Emergency Management Division and the National Weather Service along with the agencies that comprise the State Emergency Response Team encourage everyone in South Carolina to prepare for severe winter weather by checking supplies and safety plans now.

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FEMA Public Assistance Approved for Allendale County

November 6, 2019

The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved Public Assistance for Allendale County for help in recovering emergency costs following Hurricane Dorian. This assistance from FEMA enables state agencies, local governments and certain private non-profits to recoup costs for any emergency protective measures taken during the response to Hurricane Dorian.

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SBA Deadline for South Carolina Private NonProfit Organizations to Apply for Physical Damage Disaster Loans

October 30, 2019

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding eligible Private NonProfit organizations (PNPs) in South Carolina of the Nov. 29 deadline to submit disaster loan applications for physical damages caused by Hurricane Dorian from Aug. 31 through Sept. 6, 2019.

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FEMA Issues Public Notice

October 29, 2019

A public notice is now available that addresses the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s intention to reimburse eligible applicants for costs to repair or replace public facilities damaged by Hurricane Dorian under disaster declaration DR-4464-SC. The notice is now posted on FEMA’s disaster webpage at: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/notices/dr-4464-sc-public-notice-001 and on the South Carolina Emergency Management Division website at: https://www.scemd.org/media/1449/fema-4464-dr-sc.pdf.

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South Carolina to ShakeOut for Earthquake Preparedness Week

October 8, 2019

Governor Henry McMaster has proclaimed Earthquake Preparedness Week for 2019 be observed October 13-19 in South Carolina. The S.C. Emergency Management Division encourages everyone to take this opportunity to learn about our state’s seismic fault system and how best to prepare for earthquakes. A highlight of the week will be the Great Southeast ShakeOut on Thursday, October 17 at 10:17 a.m.

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SBA Disaster Assistance Available to South Carolina Private NonProfit Organizations Affected by Hurricane Dorian

October 2, 2019

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that certain Private NonProfit organizations (PNP)s in South Carolina that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for low-interest rate disaster loans. These loans are available following a Presidential disaster declaration for Public Assistance resulting from damages caused by Hurricane Dorian from Aug. 31 through Sept. 6, 2019.

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Federal Assistance Approved for State of South Carolina and 11 Counties Following Hurricane Dorian

September 30, 2019

In response to Governor Henry McMaster’s request, President Donald Trump approved Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in 11 countiesaffected by Hurricane Dorian.

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Derrec Becker completes FEMA Master Public Information Officer Program

September 23, 2019

Completing a year-long professional development program, Derrec Becker, chief of public information and external affairs for SCEMD joins less than 70 others across the U.S. as a recognized Master Public Information Officer (MPIO).

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South Carolina state agencies partner to recognize 30 years since Hurricane Hugo

September 16, 2019

South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV) and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) today announced a partnership to recognize 30 years since Hurricane Hugo impacted the state.

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Evacuation Orders Lifted for All South Carolina Counties

September 6, 2019

In coordination with local law enforcement and county emergency management officials, Governor Henry McMaster has lifted evacuation orders for residents in all evacuated counties, effective immediately.

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Evacuation Orders Lifted for Beaufort, Jasper, and Colleton Counties at 3:00 PM Today

September 5, 2019

Evacuation Orders Remain in Effect for all Zones in Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley, Georgetown, and Horry Counties

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