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
09/25/2020

US National Weather Service Columbia South Carolina

Moisture increasing associated with remnants of Beta. Heaviest rain will come Fri, especially in the Pee Dee. Isolated flash flooding possible, mainly in areas that received heavy rain last week. Low risk for severe weather w/ isolated severe wind gusts or brief, weak tornado main threats.

There are three new COVID-19 testing events scheduled in Aiken County this month, in addition to one previously announce...
09/17/2020

There are three new COVID-19 testing events scheduled in Aiken County this month, in addition to one previously announced site.

You can speed up the testing process by registering for DHEC testing at https://covidtest.dhec.sc.gov/ before going to a testing site. Once your registration is complete, a QR code will be emailed to you that can be scanned on-site from a smartphone/tablet or printed out and taken with you. Please be sure your email address and contact information are correct before submitting!

****BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE TESTING SITE, CONFIRM WITH TESTING STAFF HOW YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR RESULTS. ****

DHEC- BEC Complex (5955 Jefferson Davis HWY, North Augusta, SC 29841) is open the following dates and times, with no appointment or referrals needed:
· 09/22/2020 from 9:00am-1:00pm
· 09/24/2020 from 9:00am-1:00pm

DHEC- Cooperative Research Center (at 227 Gateway DR, Aiken, SC 29803) is open the following dates and times, with no appointment or referrals needed:
· 09/24/2020 from 10:00am-2:00pm

DHEC- St. Mary's Help of Christians Church (138 Fairfield St SE, Aiken, SC 29801) is open the following dates and times, with no appointment or referrals needed:
· 09/27/2020 from 1:00pm-5:00pm

09/03/2020
Homepage | SCDHEC

More Aiken County free COVID-19 testing sites were announced recently on the SCDHEC.GOV webpage. You can speed up the testing process by registering for DHEC testing at https://covidtest.dhec.sc.gov/ before going to a testing site. Once your registration is complete, a QR code will be emailed to you that can be scanned on-site from a smartphone/tablet or printed out and taken with you. Please be sure your email address and contact information are correct before submitting.

BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE TESTING SITE, CONFIRM WITH TESTING STAFF HOW YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR RESULTS.

DHEC- Cooperative Research Center (at 227 Gateway DR, Aiken, SC 29803) is open the following dates and times, with no appointment or referrals needed:
• 09/03/2020 from 10:00am-2:00pm
• 09/10/2020 from 10:00am-2:00pm
• 09/17/2020 from 10:00am-2:00pm
• 09/24/2020 from 10:00am-2:00pm

DHEC – St. Mary Help of Christian Church (138 Fairfield ST SE, Aiken, SC 29801) will be open the following day with no appointment or referral needed:
• 09/27/2020 from 1:00pm-5:00pm

Wear a mask around others, physically distance yourself from others by six feet, avoid group gatherings, and wash your hands often.

08/20/2020
Homepage | SCDHEC

New COVID-19 testing sites were posted today for Aiken County on the SCDHEC.GOV website.

BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE TESTING SITE, CONFIRM WITH TESTING STAFF HOW YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR RESULTS.

*Millbrook Baptist Church (DHEC)
- 223 Aiken BLVD, Aiken, SC 29803
- 08/21/2020 from 10:00am-2:00pm (one day only special pop-up event)
- No appointment or referral needed



*Citizens Park (MUSC)
- 1060 Banks Mill Rd SE, Aiken, SC 29801
- 08/27/2020 from 9:00am-1:00pm (one day only special pop-up event)
- No appointment or referral needed



*North Augusta CVS Pharmacy
- 101 Edgefield Rd, North Augusta, SC 29841
- You MUST register in advance and make an appointment; patients will not leave their vehicles and will self-administer tests at the pharmacy drive-thru window.
- Please visit https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing to register and find out about any possible fees involved.

There also may be weekly testing locations in September; more information to come.

Wear a mask around others, physically distance yourself from others by six feet, avoid group gatherings, and wash your hands often.

07/29/2020
South Carolina ETV

South Carolina ETV

July 29, 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 4:00 pm.

Please take a moment to read this CDC Health Advisory on the serious adverse health events associated with methanol-base...
07/14/2020

Please take a moment to read this CDC Health Advisory on the serious adverse health events associated with methanol-based hand sanitizers.

https://www.scdhec.gov/sites/default/files/media/document/10468-CAD-07-06-2020-ABHSR.pdf

US National Weather Service Columbia South Carolina
07/07/2020

US National Weather Service Columbia South Carolina

Flash Flood Warning continues for north Columbia County GA, south Lincoln County GA, SW Edgefield County SC, and SE McCormick County SC until 2 pm.

Flash Flood Watch until Midnight for portions of the CSRA & south Midlands. Locally heavy rain is on-going in the region. The area of greatest concern in the short term is from Lincoln GA east across Edgefield/Saluda/Aiken SC. A few reports of street flooding in north Augusta area and heaviest rain appears to be across southern Edgefield County. Rain rates 1-2 inches per hour estimated. Any reports if flooding are appreciated.

Focus for heavy rain may shift to the eastern Midlands during the afternoon.

07/06/2020
Help Line 211

Help Line 211

UPDATED:
There will be several COVID-19 testing sites around Aiken County in July.

📋 No appointments, referrals, or health insurance is required, but you will need to bring a valid picture ID and contact information.

🔬 Anyone can be tested, even if not showing symptoms.

⏳ All tests are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

*Site #1: 07/09/2020 - Belvedere First Baptist Church (421 Edgefield RD, North Augusta) 8:30am-1:30pm; provided by ARMC & DHEC

*Site #2: 07/09/2020 - New Beginnings Ministry (317 Williston RD, Beech Island) 8:00am-1:00pm; provided by Rural Health Services

*Site #3 (NEW!): 07/09/2020 - AL Corbitt Middle School (10 A L Corbitt CIR, Wagener) 10:00am-3:00pm; provided in partnership with Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), the Mayor, the Town Council, Senator Nikki Setzler, and Representative Bill Taylor

*Site #4: 07/10/2020 - New Ellenton Community Center (212 Pine Hill AVE, New Ellenton) 8:00am-1:00pm; provided by Rural Health Services

*Site #5: 07/23/2020 - Citizens Park (1060 Banks Mill RD SE, Aiken) 8:30am-1:30pm; provided by ARMC & DHEC

Thank you Aiken Regional Medical Centers, SC DHEC - Aiken County, Rural Health Services, Medical University of SC - MUSC and everyone else involved in providing this free service to our community!

07/01/2020
South Carolina ETV

South Carolina ETV

July 1, 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.

06/26/2020
06/19/2020
South Carolina Department of Mental Health

South Carolina Department of Mental Health

The South Carolina Department of Mental Health partnered with the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services to launch SC HOPES, a statewide, toll-free support line for people who need mental health or substance use support during these difficult times. Call 1 (844) SC-HOPES today!

06/17/2020
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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