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For Immediate Release

Contact: Joe Farmer or Derrec Becker

Phone: 803-737-8500  |  Social: @SCEMD


“Get a Plan” and “Know Your Zone” for the 2015 Hurricane Season



COLUMBIA, S.C. (Thursday, May 28, 2015, 10:15 a.m.) - Governor Nikki Haley has proclaimed May 31 - June 6 to be 2015 South Carolina Hurricane Awareness Week.  The S.C. Emergency Management Division, the National Weather Service and county emergency managers urge citizens to take time now to prepare for disasters by reviewing their family emergency plans and developing a disaster supplies kit.


Friday, May 29 - Governor’s Coastal Tour

Governor Haley and SCEMD Director Kim Stenson will join local public safety officials for hurricane preparedness meetings in each of the state’s three coastal regions.  


Media availability:

10:15 a.m. - M.L. Brown, Jr. Public Safety Building, 2560 Main Street, Suite 4, Conway, S.C.

1:00 p.m. - Charleston County EMD, 8500 Palmetto Commerce Parkway, North Charleston, S.C.

3:00 p.m. - Beaufort County EMD, 2001 Duke Street, second floor, Beaufort, S.C.


Sunday, May 31 - 2015 South Carolina Hurricane Guide

The Official 2015 South Carolina Hurricane Guide will be released via ten daily newspapers, 20 S.C. Dept. of Motor Vehicle offices and all Walgreens stores statewide. The S.C. Hurricane Guide has been completely updated for the 2015 hurricane season and details useful information on what to do before, during and after the landfall of a major hurricane. 


The Hurricane Guide will be released via subscription and rack sales Sunday, May 31, in The Beaufort Gazette, Bluffton Today, the Charleston Post and Courier, the Hilton Head Island Packet, The State, the Sumter Item, the Florence Morning News, the Orangeburg Times and Democrat, the Myrtle Beach Sun News and on Friday, May 29, in the Georgetown Times.


Additionally, the Guide is available at SCDMV offices in Bamberg, Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Marion and Williamsburg Counties. 


The 2015 S.C. Hurricane Guide will be available for download via SCEMD’s website.


SCEMD will be highlighting many aspects of hurricane preparedness all week, including online content such as:



Despite forecasters’ predictions for a below-normal number of storms, fewer storms do not necessarily mean a less destructive season. SCEMD joins the National Hurricane Center in reminding everyone that some of the most destructive hurricanes, such as Agnes (1972), Alicia (1983) and Andrew (1992), have occurred during seasons in which little hurricane activity was expected. Visit NHC’s new hurricane preparedness page.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


SCEMD encourages everyone living near or visiting the coast to “Know Your Zone” in case a hurricane prompts an evacuation.  Visit to use an interactive map showing color-coded coastal evacuation zones, routes and links to county emergency management pages with detailed hurricane evacuation information.



As part of National Hurricane Awareness Week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is encouraging everyone encouraging residents and visitors in southeastern states to be prepared and stay informed throughout hurricane season, June 1 to November 30. 1. Visit and share FEMA’s for step-by-step information and resources for what to do before, during and after a hurricane.







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