S.C. Severe Weather and Flood Safety Week March 3-9, 2024

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Governor Henry McMaster has proclaimed that South Carolina Severe Weather and Flood Safety Week for 2024 will be observed March 3-9.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the National Weather Service, and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources jointly sponsor the week to remind people that severe storms, tornadoes and flash floods are significant hazards in South Carolina and people need to take proper safety precautions.

SCEMD, the National Weather Service, and SCDNR are promoting awareness of the hazards associated with severe weather, including tornadoes and floods, and the procedures that help keep people safe.

Each day next week, SCEMD, NWS, and SCDNR will focus on a different topic related to severe weather and flood safety:

  • Sunday: Types of Severe Weather
  • Monday: Watches and Warnings
  • Tuesday: Staying Connected
  • Wednesday: What to do during a tornado
  • Thursday: Flooding in South Carolina
  • Friday: Turn around don’t drown, home safety tips
  • Saturday: Recovery from storms and flooding, insurance review

A highlight of the week will be the annual statewide tornado drill, which is closely coordinated with the South Carolina Broadcasters Association. The National Weather Service will use the required weekly test code, RWT, during the drill. 

The drill will be conducted Wednesday, March 6, at 9 a.m. Public schools, state and local Emergency Management, the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, and others will participate in this annual event. The purpose of the drill is to test communication systems, safety procedures, mitigation processes, etc.

For further information on Severe Weather and Flood Safety Week, contact your county emergency management director, SCEMD or your nearest National Weather Service office. Additional resources can be found online at scemd.org/prepare/ and https://www.weather.gov/chs/Scsevereweatherawarenessweek. The SC Emergency Manager App is also an effective tool to help individuals plan and prepare for emergencies. It is free to download in the App Store and Google Play.

What to do during severe weather: https://scemd.org/prepare/types-of-disasters/thunderstorms/

Before, During and After a Tornado: https://scemd.org/prepare/types-of-disasters/tornadoes/

Flood Safety: https://scemd.org/prepare/types-of-disasters/floods/