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The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD), a division of the Adjutant General's Office, is the coordinating agency responsible for the statewide emergency management program. SCEMD post emergency alerts, disaster preparedness tips and other useful information through social media outlets.Tweets by @SCEMD
Know the difference?
A Hurricane Watch means hurricane conditions are a threat within 48 hours. Review your hurricane plans, keep informed and be ready to act if a warning is issued.
A Hurricane Warning means hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours. Complete your storm preparations and leave the area if directed to do so by authorities.
Planning is step one.
Hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1st and ends November 30th. Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding. This means it is important for your family to have a plan that includes all of these hazards. You can protect your family and home by preparing. Use the resources below to assist you.
1. Pre-Plan. Prepare.
Preparation is the best protection.
- Prepare. Plan. Be informed. Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane.
- Hurricane Safety Checklist (PDF). Create a Hurricane Safety Checklist.
- School Emergency Plans. Like individuals and families, schools, daycare providers should all have site-specific emergency plans.
Everyone needs a plan. Include everyone in your preparation.
- Older South Carolinians. Each person's needs and abilities are unique, but every individual can prepare for an emergency situation.
- Persons with Special Needs. People with special needs may need special accommodation. Take time to plan these accommodations.
Pets need a plan too.
- Pet Emergency Preparedness. Know how to care for your pet in an emergency situation.
2. Evacuation Plan
Know your evacuation route.
- Evacuation Routes from the South Carolina Department of Transportation. Know your evacuation route before it is needed.
- Evacuation Planning for Persons with Disabilities and Caregivers. The elderly and persons with disabilities may need special accommodation. Help them create an evacuation plan.
- South Carolina Department of Public Safety Emergency Traffic Network. SCDPS provides realtime traffic updates, maps, and other resources to assist South Carolinians during an evacuation.
- Red Cross National Shelter System. When disaster strikes, know when and where shelters have been opened.
- American Red Cross: Shelter Finder App. A free American Red Cross mobile application. Shelter information is updated from the National Shelter System every 30 minutes.
- Purchase a battery-powered radio or a National Weather Service Radio. You can also use a mobile app that offers location-based NOAA weather alerts for the United States. Make sure to include extra batteries and/or a battery-powered charger for your device in your emergency kit.
- Listen to ETV Radio and National Weather Service radio. To find your local NOAA Weather Radio station, visit the National Weather Service's website.
After an evacuation, to remain safe, it is important to prepare before your return.
- Returning Home After a Hurricane or Flood. Know what supplies and identification you need before you return.
- FEMA Rebuilding Resources.
- After a disaster inform others you are Safe and Well. Safe and Well is a website maintained by the American Red Cross where you can let friends and family know you are safe or search for friends and family.
- American Red Cross Mobile Apps: App features include location-based NOAA weather alerts for the United States and One touch "I'm safe" messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends via social media outlets that they are out of harm's way.
- FEMA Mobile App: Features include disaster safety tips, interactive lists for storing your emergency kit, emergency meeting location information, and a map with shelters and FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs).
Weather Maps & Resources
- Weather Alerts, Watches, Warnings and Advisories for All Parts of South Carolina (National Weather Service)
- Forecasts, Current Weather Conditions, Current Weather Hazards, and Warnings by Location (National Weather Service)
- Current Weather Conditions in South Carolina
- The South Carolina Emergency Management Division
- South Carolina State Government Offices Delays and Closings