With 2,876 miles of coastline, which includes shoreline, inlets, bays and estuaries, South Carolina comes in 12th with regard to the longest coastline among all US states. However, it ranks much higher (5th) in the number of hurricanes that have made landfall in the state--thirty since 1851.
One of the most powerful storms was Hugo in September, 1989, which made landfall at high tide during the autumnal equinox with winds between 120 and 138 mph, causing a tidal surge of 19.8 feet. Also, Hurricane Floyd in September, 1999 that caused the largest evacuation in US history, and Hurricane Florence on September 15, 2018, with 23.63 inches of rain.
South Carolina has seven coastal counties, each one with a dedicated Emergency Management agency (listed below) that specializes in Hurricane Preparedness . With so many hurricanes, these professionals have a lot of expertise to offer local residents that will help them keep their families and pets safe if a storm is approaching their area.
Find your County below and click on Local Emergency Info to go to their website for critical storm preparedness information and alerts in your area. You can also click on Shelter Info (if applicable) to find information and/or locations for Emergency Shelters for your pet.
Description: The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Storm Center's website presents a host of valuable information and tips on Hurricane Preparedness including a 2023 Hurricane Guide, Shelter Locations, Evacuations, State and County Traffic Cameras, Emergency Supply Lists, Pets and Emergencies, Senior Preparedness, Transportation Assistance, Local Weather Conditions and Updates and much more.Local Emergency Info Shelter Info
Description: The Berkeley County Emergency Management Site offers a 2023 Hurricane Guide as well as a Central Coast Evacuation Zone Map, a South Carolina Dept. of Transportation Map of Evacuation Routes, links to the National Weather Service Hurricane Safety Tips and Resources site, Wireless Emergency Alerts, information on Storm Surge, and Emergency Planning.Local Emergency Info
Description: The Charleston County Emergency Management Department's goal is to provide "leadership and assistance in an effort to reduce the loss of life and property in Charleston County from a variety of man-made and natural hazards through an effective emergency management program based on the Four Phases of Emergency Management: Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery." Their site offers a Hurricane Preparedness Guide, Emergency Operations Plan, Re-Entry Plan, High Winds Bridge Procedures, Flood Zone Information, and Shelter Locations.Local Emergency Info Shelter Info
Description: The Colleton County Fire-Rescue Emergency Management Division's mission statement is to be "responsible for developing emergency response plans and coordinating/implementing those plans during an emergency. CCFR-EMD works closely with state and local officials in four key areas: Preparation, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery." Their site offers information on building a Disaster Supply Kits, Evacuation Routes, Hurricane Shelters and Preparedness as well as useful links to FEMA, the National Hurricane Center, Animal Response Team and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) among others.Local Emergency Info
Description: The Georgetown County Emergency Management Department serves as the liaison between the South Carolina Emergency Management Division and other state agencies during disaster and emergency situations. Their website provides a lot of very useful information on Emergency and Hurricane Preparedness, CodeRed Emergency Alerts, Emergency Shelter Locations and Knowing Your Zone among other topics.Local Emergency Info Shelter Info
Description: Horry County Emergency Management is responsible for developing emergency response plans and taking a lead role in the coordination of those plans during an emergency, working with state and local officials to gather resources necessary to overcome a disaster or emergency situation. Their site has information on Recovery and Knowing Your Flood Zone. They also have several Emergency Alert System methods, including radio and television stations and a Public Information Phone System (PIPS) so that alerts are disseminated to the residents and visitors in Horry county.Local Emergency Info
Description: The Jasper County Emergency Management's website offers advice on developing a Family Emergency Plan. It also links to useful sites including FEMA, the American Red Cross, the National Weather Service, National Hurricane Center, and Disaster Preparedness for Seniors.Local Emergency Info
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