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Hurricane Michael 2

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Contact: Derrec Becker or Kim McLeod

Phone: 803-737-8500  |  Social: @SCEMD

 

S.C. Agencies, Residents Prepare for Hurricane Michael

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Wednesday, October 10, 2018)– Governor Henry McMaster today announced that the state of South Carolina remains in a state of emergency due to continued flooding from Hurricane Florence and potential impact from Hurricane Michael. Forecasters believe Hurricane Michael will weaken to a tropical storm and begin affecting the state beginning Thursday.

A copy of the executive order extending the state of emergency can be found on the governor’s website.

“We know that Hurricane Michael is going to mean high winds in parts of the state and will bring the possibility of dangerous flash flooding along with it. Team South Carolina is ready, but every South Carolinian needs to be prepared to drive safely and listen to local officials’ direction regarding personal preparedness and potential impact to your areas.”

 

“While we will not see the full force of Hurricane Michael the way Florida will, we could see gusty winds, rain, flash flooding and even tornadoes,” S.C. Emergency Management Director Kim Stenson said. “Over the next day, it will be vital for everyone to be prepared to act if told to do so by your local public safety officials.”

 

South Carolina residents and visitors in potentially vulnerable areas should continue to monitor the official forecasts for Hurricane Michael from the National Hurricane Center. All official recommendations concerning personal safety will be based on the best available information from the NHC, local National Weather Service offices and in coordination with local and state public safety officials.

 

Residents should take the following safety precautions:

 

  • Have a plan for where you will go if conditions become too unsafe to remain in your home.
  • Create your emergency plan by visiting scemd.org or downloading the SC Emergency Manager mobile app: http://onelink.to/dn92rx.
  • Have an emergency kit with items such as: bottled water, non-perishable food and flashlights with extra batteries. Refer to the preparedness checklists in the 2018 S.C. Hurricane Guide.
  • Include items for your pets in your emergency kit.
  • Prepare your home or business by securing any items you have in your yard by taking them indoors.
  • The probability of power outages is increased due to tropical storm force winds.
  • Make sure you have some cash in case of power outages.
  • Frequently monitor weather conditions and be aware that tornadoes are likely spawned during a hurricane or tropical storm.
  • If you are under a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately. Take shelter immediately in a house or small building. If there is no basement, go to an interior room on the lowest level. Get under a sturdy table and cover your head. Stay there until the danger has passed.
  • In a vehicle, trailer or mobile home, get out immediately and go to a more substantial structure. If there is no shelter nearby, lie flat in the nearest ditch and cover your head. Do not attempt to outdrive a tornado.
  • Keep all of your important papers in a watertight bag.
  • Check with your pharmacy to make sure all important medications are filled.

 

The path is projected to impact most of the state, with many counties under a tropical storm warning and flash flood watch. Residents should continue to monitor local media and official, verified social media accounts from public safety agencies for the latest information.

 

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Derrec Becker, SC CEM

Chief of Public Information & External Affairs

South Carolina Emergency Management Division

Mobile: 803.530.2193 | Office: 803.737.8500

Online: scemd.org  |  Social: @SCEMD

Skype: SCEmergency

 

"South Carolina's emergency management program minimizes loss of life and property damage from all-hazard incidents."

              

STORM CLEAN UP PRESS RELEASE

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- October 11, 2018

 

Contact:                                                                                           

Kaziah S. Howard, SC 811

Public Awareness Manager

910.777.4372

Kaziah.Howard@sc811.com

 

 

South carolina 811 ADVISES RESIDENTS to CALL BEFORE DIGGING AS CLEAN UP FROM Storm Michael BEGINS

 

A free phone call a few days before digging helps identify approximate location of underground utility lines

 

Columbia, SC (October 11, 2018) – In light of the recent storm issues from Michael, Communities in South Carolina will be coming together to clean up and rebuild in the coming weeks.

During this time, one important phone number can help residents from adding to complications during the cleanup process. For any clean up that involves digging or removing trees from the ground, SC811 reminds professional excavators and homeowners alike to call 811 at least three full business days before they start to dig.

Every nine minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811. Striking a single utility line during hurricane clean up or any other time can lead to personal injury, penalties, repair costs, and expensive and inconvenient outages.

When residents call 811, they will speak with a call center representative who will take the location and description of the project site and notify affected utility operators. These utilities will then send professional locators to mark the approximate locations of their lines. Once these lines have been marked, residents can begin to carefully clean up around the marked lines. This number is not to be used to report utility service outages.

“In the aftermath of devastation, we must remember that safety is a shared responsibility, and calling 811 helps protect the people who dig and entire communities,” said Kaziah S. Howard “It’s one easy phone call that will help make sure a difficult situation isn’t made worse.” 

For additional information regarding safe digging practices, please call 811 or visit www.sc811.com

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HURRICANE FLORENCE RECOVERY CENTERS NOW OPEN

Disaster Recovery Centers Opening in Chesterfield, Dillon and Horry Counties

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Disaster Recovery Centers are opening in in Cheraw, Dillon and Conway on Tuesday, October 2 to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Florence. Other centers will be opening soon in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence.

Representatives from the State of South Carolina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies will be at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and offer help to individuals.

The Disaster Recovery Centers will be located at the following addresses:

Chesterfield County
Northeast Technical College - Building 200
1201 Chesterfield Highway
Cheraw, SC 29520
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sat-Sun, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Dillon County
City of Dillon Wellness Center
1647 Commerce Drive
Dillon, SC 29536
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sat-Sun, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Horry County
Horry Georgetown Technical College
2050 US 501
Conway, SC 29526
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sat-Sun, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The centers are accessible to people with disabilities. Centers have assistive technology equipment allowing disaster survivors to use amplified telephones, phones that display text, amplified listening devices for people with hearing loss, and magnifiers for people with vision loss. Video Remote Interpreting is available and in-person sign language is available by request. The centers also have accessible parking, ramps and restrooms.

Homeowners, renters and businesses can also check their eligibility for federal, state and voluntary agency disaster assistance available by:

The following information is helpful when registering:

  • Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address)
  • Current mailing address
  • Current telephone number
  • Insurance information
  • Total household annual income
  • Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows direct transfer of funds into a bank account)
  • A description of disaster-caused damage and losses

Disaster survivors can visit any center for assistance. Visit www.fema.gov/DRC to view other locations. South Carolina homeowners, renters and business owners in Chesterfield, Dillon, Georgetown, Horry, Marion and Marlboro counties may apply for disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Florence.

 

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1100 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29201

 

 

     

 

 

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

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