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Disaster and Emergency Preparedness for Libraries: South Carolina Resources

South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD)

SCEMD: The division is under the Adjutant General’s Office and acts as the coordinating agency for statewide emergency management. The webpage offers latest news on trainings AND on situations!

  • Disaster Information Page: Excellent links on this page including:
    • Family Emergency Plans
    • Pets 
    • Rebuilding Resources: This page includes links to FEMA resources for those looking to rebuild after a disaster.
    • NOAA Weather Radio: SCEMD recommends having a NOAA certified tone-alert weather radio with a back up power supply (batteries or hand crank).  You want to make sure your NOAA weather radio is programmable for your area so you get the most up to date information about a potential emergency. Use these links for more about NOAA weather radio, including instructions on how to program one for your area.
  • SCEMD Printable Checklist: It is important to keep enough supplies in your home to meet the needs of your family for at least three days. Assemble a Family Emergency Kit with items you may need in an emergency or evacuation. Store these supplies in sturdy, easy-to-carry containers such as suitcases, duffle bags or covered storage containers.
    Also, at this site are guides for hurricanes, earthquakes, and severe winter weather specific to South Carolina, and more. Of course, they link to other agencies that partner in assistance.

South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT)

SCDOT: It's function and purpose is the systematic planning, construction, maintenance, and operation of the state highway system and the development of a statewide mass transit system that is consistent with the needs and desires of the public. The SCDOT also coordinates all state and federal programs relating to highways. The goal of the SCDOT is to provide adequate, safe, and efficient transportation services for the movement of people and goods.

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC)

SCDHEC: DHEC is charged with promoting and protecting the health of the public and the environment in South Carolina. With more than 3,800 employees working in 100 locations across the state, our vision is healthy people living in healthy communities.

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