Aiken County Emergency Management Division

Aiken County Emergency Management Division Aiken County EMD coordinates the county's integrated emergency management system through partnerships with all emergency response organizations, voluntary agencies, private nonprofit organizations and other support services.
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The Aiken County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) provides a central location from which government at any level (local, state, Federal) can provide interagency coordination and executive decision-making in support of the incident response. The EOC is the central command and control facility charged with carrying out the mission of the Aiken County Emergency Management Division. The EOC is located in a secure hardened facility to ensure protection from severe weather and other natural and manmade threats. The EOC has emergency backup power and interoperable emergency communications.

Mission: The Aiken County Emergency Management Division coordinates the county's integrated emergency management system through partnerships with all emergency response organizations, voluntary agencies, private non profit organizations and other support services, to ensure efficient preparation for, effective response to, and timely recovery from emergencies and disasters to reduce human suffering and property loss.

US National Weather Service Columbia South Carolina
06/06/2020

US National Weather Service Columbia South Carolina

El tiempo de preparación para los huracanes es AHORA, antes del inicio de la temporada. Una vez está bajo presión, contar con un plan escrito le ayudará a enfocarse en hacer lo necesario para protegerse usted y a su familia. ready.gov/make-a-plan #HurricanePrep #HurricaneStrong

US National Weather Service Columbia South Carolina
06/06/2020

US National Weather Service Columbia South Carolina

The time to prepare for a hurricane is NOW, before the season begins. Once you’re under pressure, having a written plan will take the guesswork out of what you need to do to protect you and your family. https://www.weather.gov/cae/HurricanePreparedness2020#tabs-7

South Carolina Emergency Management Division
06/05/2020

South Carolina Emergency Management Division

There is still a great risk of being exposed to the COVID-19 virus in a public setting in any community. To reduce the spread, you should take following precautions:

* Maintain social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from others
* Wear a cloth mask that covers your nose and mouth while in public
* Avoid touching frequently touched items
* Regularly wash your hands
* Monitor for symptoms and stay home when sick

The more you take these necessary steps every day to reduce you risk of infection, the more we can all expect to see COVID-19 transmission slow across the state. As you go about your daily life, just remember to protect yourself and those around you: scdhec.gov/COVID19 and scemd.org

Aiken County Emergency Management Division's cover photo
06/01/2020

Aiken County Emergency Management Division's cover photo

South Carolina Emergency Management Division
06/01/2020

South Carolina Emergency Management Division

It’s here: Hurricane Season. Along with it comes the 20th annual edition of the official South Carolina Hurricane Guide. Updated for 2020, the Guide has new information on what you should do before, during and after a major storm. Download and save your copy right here:https://scemd.org/media/1487/hurricaneguide2020-85x11_english.pdf

Beginning June 7, printed editions of the South Carolina Hurricane Guide will be available at all Walgreens stores statewide, all SCPRT welcome centers along the interstates, more than 20 coastal SCDMV offices and in newspapers from the Midlands to the coast.

05/31/2020
South Carolina ETV

South Carolina ETV

May 31, 2020. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster will hold a media briefing scheduled for 1:00 PM EDT.

US National Weather Service Columbia South Carolina
05/27/2020

US National Weather Service Columbia South Carolina

Tropical storm #Bertha has formed near our coastline this morning. Brief heavy rainfall could lead to flash flooding. The areas of greatest concern are the northeastern Midlands and Pee Dee.

CDC
05/26/2020

CDC

Going to a park or recreation facility? Help slow the spread of COVID-19 by staying at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people and wearing a cloth face covering to help protect others. Do not gather in groups, even when outdoors. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3ags2zp

May 18, 2020 FEMA-4542-DR  News Release More than $1.8 Million Approved for South Carolina April 13 Storm Survivors COLU...
05/18/2020

May 18, 2020
FEMA-4542-DR

News Release

More than $1.8 Million Approved for South Carolina April 13 Storm Survivors

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Less than three weeks after the federal disaster declaration for South Carolina’s April 13 storms, more than $1.8 million in federal disaster assistance has been approved for survivors.

The funds include grants from FEMA and low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
More than $1.1 million in FEMA grants approved for survivors to make repairs to make their homes livable, replace essential household items or pay for somewhere to stay if they’re unable to return home. More than 200 South Carolina homeowners and renters have approved for this help.

More than $711,000 in SBA low-interest disaster loans approved for homeowners, renters and business owners to rebuild or repair their property.

Survivors in Aiken, Barnwell, Berkeley, Colleton, Hampton, Marlboro, Oconee, Orangeburg and Pickens counties may still apply for federal disaster help.

Register for assistance in one of three ways:
• Online by logging onto DisasterAssistance.gov
• The FEMA app. Visit: fema.gov/mobile-app or your phone’s app store.
• Call 800-621-3362 or TDD 800-462-7585. Language translators also are available.

Toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Multilingual operators are available.

The following information is helpful when registering:
• Address of the primary residence where the damage occurred.
• Current mailing address.
• Current telephone number.
• Insurance information.
• Total household annual income.
• Routing and account number for checking or savings account. This allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account.
• A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.

Survivors should also contact their insurance agency and FEMA may help with uninsured or underinsured losses.

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May 15, 2020FEMA-4542-DR NR 006FEMA News Desk: 877-568-9040South Carolina News Desk: 803-737-8515 News ReleaseSouth Caro...
05/15/2020

May 15, 2020
FEMA-4542-DR NR 006
FEMA News Desk: 877-568-9040
South Carolina News Desk: 803-737-8515


News Release
South Carolina Disaster Assistance Applicants: Understand FEMA Determination
Letters, How to Appeal Them

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A quick fix may change your decision if you applied for FEMA help following South Carolina’s April 13 storms and you disagree with your determination letter.

Everybody has a right to appeal. Read your determination letter carefully to understand FEMA’s decision and know exactly what you need to do for your appeal. Often applicants just need to submit some extra documents for FEMA to process their application.

FEMA can reconsider you in some cases if you:
• Submit insurance documents. Provide documents from your insurance company that detail your coverage or settlement is insufficient to make essential home repairs, provide a place to stay, or replace certain contents. FEMA cannot duplicate homeowner or renter insurance benefits.
• Prove occupancy. Provide documents that prove the damaged home or rental was your primary residence by supplying a copy of utility bills, driver’s license or lease.
• Prove ownership. Provide documents such as mortgage or insurance documents, tax receipts or a deed. If you don’t have a deed handy, contact your local or county officials about obtaining a copy.

There are many other reasons you may disagree with FEMA’s decision. If you feel the amount or type of assistance is incorrect, submit an appeal letter and any documents to support your claim, including a contractor’s estimate for home repairs.

Mail documents and your letter within 60 days of receiving your determination letter to the address below. Also attach the cover letter you received from FEMA.

FEMA National Processing Service Center
P.O. Box 10055
Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055

You can also submit them online at disasterassistance.gov or fax them to 800-827-8112.

If you have any questions about submitting insurance documents, proving occupancy or ownership, or anything else about your determination letter, call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 or TDD 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362. Lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week and multilingual operators are available.

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South Carolina Emergency Management Division
05/11/2020

South Carolina Emergency Management Division

Governor Henry McMaster today announced that close contact service providers, fitness and exercise centers, commercial gyms, and public or commercial pools will be able to open in a limited capacity on Monday, May 18.

Close contact service providers include the following businesses: Barber shops, hair salons, waxing salons, threading salons, nail salons and spas, body-art facilities and tattoo services, tanning salons, massage-therapy establishments and massage services.

Commercial gyms will include group exercise facilities such as yoga studios, barre classes, and others. #COVID19

https://www.scemd.org/news/governor-henry-mcmaster-announces-that-additional-businesses-gyms-pools-are-able-to-open-monday-may-18/

05/11/2020
South Carolina ETV

South Carolina ETV

May 11, 2020. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster will give an update on the state's response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The media briefing is scheduled for 4:30 pm.

May 6, 2020DR-4542-SC NR002News ReleaseWhat to Expect After You RegisterSome Survivors May Be Contacted for Remote Home ...
05/07/2020

May 6, 2020
DR-4542-SC NR002

News Release

What to Expect After You Register
Some Survivors May Be Contacted for Remote Home Inspections

COLUMBIA, S.C. - If you were affected by the April 12-13 severe storms, tornadoes and straight-line winds in Aiken, Colleton, Hampton, Marlboro, Oconee, Orangeburg and Pickens counties, you may be eligible for FEMA help.

Assistance provided by FEMA for homeowners and renters can include grants for rent and repairs to make their primary home habitable. It can also help other serious disaster-related needs like replacing essential household items, medical and dental expenses and funeral and burial costs.

First, if you haven’t already done so, contact your insurance company and file a claim for the disaster-caused damage you’ve suffered. You don’t have to wait to start cleaning up but be sure to take photographs or video of the damage and keep all receipts for repair work.

If you have uninsured or underinsured losses, contact FEMA by either going online to disasterassistance.gov or by calling the helpline at 800-621-3362 or TDD 800-462-7585.

Information that may be useful to have when you register includes:
• Address of the damaged primary dwelling where the damage occurred
• Current mailing address
• Current telephone number
• Insurance information
• Total household annual income
• Routing and account number for checking or savings account so FEMA may directly transfer disaster assistance funds
• A description of disaster-caused damage and losses

Home Inspections and COVID-19

If you reported that you cannot or may not be able to safely live in your home, it may be necessary for FEMA to perform an inspection of the damaged dwelling. Due to the COVID19 nationwide emergency and the need to protect the safety and health of all Americans, all FEMA field operations are suspended, inspections will be conducted remotely, by phone.

For remote inspections, FEMA inspectors will contact applicants by phone to answer questions about the type and extent of damage sustained. Remote inspections provide a new way of evaluating damage; comparable to traditional, in-person inspections and expedites the delivery of recovery assistance to survivors based on their eligibility.

Survivors with minimal damage who can live in their homes will not automatically be scheduled for a home inspection when applying to FEMA, however, they may request an inspection if they find significant disaster-caused damage afterwards.

Remote inspections have no impact on the types of Other Needs Assistance available that do not require an inspection. This includes childcare, transportation, medical and dental, funeral expenses, moving and storage, and Group Flood Insurance Policy Assistance.

If you have any questions, you can always contact the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. For TDD call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or Video Relay Service please call 800-621-3362.

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FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TDD call 800-462-7585.

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If you experienced property damage or loss from the severe storms and tornadoes, you may now register with FEMA for poss...
05/06/2020

If you experienced property damage or loss from the severe storms and tornadoes, you may now register with FEMA for possible assistance either online or by phone.

There are several items you will need to apply, including:
* Social Security number
* address of the damaged home or apartment
* description of the damage
* information about insurance coverage
* a current contact telephone number
* an address where they can receive mail
* bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds
* total household annual income

05/05/2020
South Carolina Emergency Management Division
05/05/2020

South Carolina Emergency Management Division

Residents who suffered damage in seven counties due to severe storms on April 13, 2020, are now eligible to apply for FEMA disaster assistance.

If you live in Aiken, Colleton, Hampton, Marlboro, Oconee, Orangeburg or Pickens counties, you can apply for Federal aid through FEMA for help with storm costs not covered by insurance.

Please note that prior to receiving Federal financial assistance, any insurance benefits must be exhausted to avoid duplication of benefits.

Residents can register for FEMA assistance in one of three ways:

- Online by logging onto DisasterAssistance.gov

- Online by downloading the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download the app, visit: fema.gov/mobile-app or your phone’s app store.

- Call 800-621-3362. Residents who are Deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. Language translators also are available.

- Toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Full news release and more information is available at scemd.org

DHEC has a search tool for South Carolinians to find COVID-19 screening and testing sites in their county.Visit scdhec.g...
05/04/2020
COVID-19 Screening & Testing Sites | SCDHEC

DHEC has a search tool for South Carolinians to find COVID-19 screening and testing sites in their county.

Visit scdhec.gov/COVID19Testing to find screening and testing sites near you. This list will be updated as new site locations are added.

Share This Page This list is intended to help provide information of known locations of various COVID-19 test sampling sites and does not constitute endorsement by DHEC. There may be additional sites that offer test sampling that are not included. The status of listed sites are subject to change (ma...

April 2020 TornadoesNEWS RELEASEFor Immediate ReleaseContact: State Joint Information CenterPhone: 803-737-8515  |  Soci...
05/04/2020
Mobile App | FEMA.gov

April 2020 Tornadoes

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Contact: State Joint Information Center

Phone: 803-737-8515 | Social: @SCEMD



President Declares Disaster for April Storm

Residents in seven counties can now apply for Federal aid



COLUMBIA, S.C. (Saturday, May 2, 2020) – At the request of Governor Henry McMaster, President Donald Trump has declared a disaster exists in South Carolina as a result of severe storms and tornadoes on April 12-13, 2020. Residents who suffered storm damage in the following seven counties may now register for disaster assistance through FEMA: Aiken, Colleton, Hampton, Marlboro, Oconee, Orangeburg and Pickens counties.



FEMA Individual Assistance can help residents with eligible storm-related costs not covered by insurance. Please note that prior to receiving Federal financial assistance, any insurance benefits must be exhausted to avoid duplication of benefits.



Residents can register for FEMA assistance in one of three ways:

Online by logging onto DisasterAssistance.gov
Online by downloading the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download the app, visit: fema.gov/mobile-app or your phone’s app store.
Call 800-621-3362. Residents who are Deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. Language translators also are available.
Toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Additionally, President Trump approved Federal aid to supplement state and local agency recovery efforts in the following eight counties: Barnwell, Colleton, Georgetown, Hampton, Oconee, Orangeburg and Pickens counties.



Under the FEMA Public Assistance Program, state agencies, affected local governments and certain private non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for federal funding to pay 75 percent of the approved costs under certain categories such as emergency measures, debris removal and road repair related to the storm.



The division of the remaining 25 percent will be determined later. More information about this program can be found here.



The declaration also makes cost-shared funding available to the state for approved projects that reduce - or mitigate - future disaster risks. Funds under this program will be available to state agencies, local governments, and certain non-profit organizations only. A wide variety of potential projects are eligible.



Representatives from the SCEMD Recovery Section will explain procedures for requesting assistance at a series of applicant briefings at locations to be announced soon in the affected areas.





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CDC
05/04/2020

CDC

Everyone can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Call your doctor if you have symptoms or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19. Learn more: https://bit.ly/38zjnYo

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