The Great ShakeOut & Earthquake Preparedness Week

October 18, 2017

South Carolina Earthquake Preparedness Week for 2017 will be October 15-21. A highlight of the week will be the Great Southeast ShakeOUT earthquake safety drill. You can sign up for the Great ShakeOUT now.

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Register for the Business Preparedness Workshop

October 2, 2017

SCEMD will host AFTER MATTHEW: A Disaster Recovery Workshop for Coastal Businesses on Wednesday, November 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Charleston, S.C. This seminar will provide businesses with information on how to prepare for and recover from large-scale emergencies and disasters.

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Gov. Henry McMaster Lifts Evacuation Order for 8 Barrier Islands Previously Evacuated

September 12, 2017

Columbia (Tuesday, September 12) - In coordination with local officials, Governor Henry McMaster today announced that all evacuation orders have been lifted for residents of the 8 barrier islands previously evacuated, effective today, Tuesday at 9:15 AM, and that local officials are now responsible for permitting access to each of the islands.

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Rain, Flash Flooding Possible with T.S. Irma

September 11, 2017

As Tropical Storm Irma continues to affect South Carolina, residents should pay close attention to weather conditions throughout the state. The National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center predict that T.S. Irma could produce three to six inches of rain along with wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour.

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Emergency Shelters Opening

September 9, 2017

Emergency shelters will be available for residents and visitors who are evacuating from southern coastal areas due to Hurricane Irma.

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Gov. Henry McMaster Orders Evacuations for Barrier Islands in Colleton, Beaufort and Jasper Counties

September 8, 2017

Governor Henry McMaster today ordered the evacuation of certain barrier islands in Beaufort, Colleton and Jasper Counties. Due to the potential impact of Hurricane Irma, residents on those islands should prepare to evacuate their homes beginning tomorrow, Saturday, September 9 at 10:00 AM

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President Donald J. Trump Approves South Carolina Emergency Declaration

September 8, 2017

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the State of South Carolina and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Irma beginning on September 6, 2017, and continuing.

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September 8, 2017

Residents in South Carolina who have questions about Hurricane Irma can now call the state’s toll-free hotline. Operators with the Public Information Phone System (PIPS) are available 24 hours a day for as long as is needed

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South Carolina Should Prepare for Hurricane Irma

September 6, 2017

Governor Henry McMaster today issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency and, along with the S.C. Emergency Management Division, has urged South Carolinians to prepare for the possibility of Hurricane Irma.

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Total Eclipse Safety Tips

August 21, 2017

Emergency managers are planning for an estimated influx of more than one million visitors into South Carolina for several days on either side of the eclipse. Expect nearly everything to be above capacity for nearly a week total.

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Extreme Heat Safety

August 10, 2017

Columbia, S.C. - Summer is what South Carolina is known for. With all the fun in the sun to be had, it's also when the potential increases for heat-related injuries. Stay safe with these tips.

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Potential Cyclone News Release

August 1, 2017

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division is monitoring a tropical storm system that could affect parts of the state’s coast. As a result of the storm’s projected movement up the east coast, key local and state agencies have been notified to be ready to respond if the need arises.

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South Carolina Hurricane Guide

May 28, 2017

Columbia, S.C. - The Official 2017 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 on

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Register for CodeRed Emergency Alerts

May 14, 2017

Notifications will be sent out when a major disaster is imminent or has just occurred, at the request of county emergency managers and various emergency situations requiring you to take personal protective actions.

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2017 Severe Weather & Flood Safety Week

March 8, 2017

South Carolina's Severe Weather and Flood Safety Preparedness Week for 2017 will be observed March 5-11 this year.

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Below Freezing Temps to Continue Through Sunday

January 7, 2017

The S.C. Emergency Management Division encourages everyone in the state to be prepared for below freezing conditions that are expected to continue after this weekend’s winter storm.

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Winter Weather Begins in South Carolina

January 6, 2017

Governor Nikki Haley has declared a State of Emergency in advance on a winter storm that has begun to affect the state.

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Residents Should Prepare for Winter Weather

January 5, 2017

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division asks residents to prepare themselves and their homes for possible winter weather. Forecasters with the National Weather Service expect a wintry mix of snow, ice and rain for much of the state beginning Friday evening and lasting through Saturday.

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