On Thursday, October 18, 2012, hundreds of thousands of people in South Carolina will join millions of participants in one of the largest earthquake drills ever conducted across the United States, the first-ever Great Southeast ShakeOut.
The American Red Cross, Columbia Region, which spans 28- counties from Aiken to Myrtle Beach, has deployed seven trained disaster volunteers to assist in relief efforts along the Gulf Coast and Florida as Tropical Storm Isaac is predicted to make landfall on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Additional local volunteers and five Emergency Response Vehicles are on stand-by and are expected to deploy once the storm makes landfall.
“We expect this to be a large disaster response and are prepared to help in any way we can,” said Scott R.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Weather can have both beneficial and harmful effects. Extremes in weather, such as hurricanes, can be devastating and have a dramatic effect on agriculture and forestry. While summer is peak season for produce in South Carolina, it’s also hurricane season.
The hurricane season officially began on June 1st, but even before that several tropical storms and fronts developed off the coast of South Carolina that have had an impact on the state.
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division is hosting the statewide disaster exercise June 5-6. SCEMD will be coordinating with county emergency managers and members of the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) as we test our ability to respond to and recover from a hurricane. The SERT is comprised of emergency response personnel from various state agencies and nonprofit organizations.
This annual training event is an opportunity for everyone in South Carolina’s emergency management community to practice updated procedures as they relate t