2021 Hurricane Preparedness Week

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Contact: Derrec Becker or Brandon LaVorgna

Phone: 803-737-8515  |  News@emd.sc.gov

Social: @SCEMD  |  Online: scemd.org and hurricane.sc

New Website, New Guide for Hurricane Season

SCEMD launches hurricane.sc, a new online home for hurricane preparedness

Columbia, S.C.  –  South Carolina residents have a new, state-of-the-art resource to help them be better prepared for hurricanes. The South Carolina Emergency Management Division today officially launched hurricane.sc, an interactive website that will guide people through the fundamentals of being prepared for hurricanes and tropical storms.

Designed to be a quick, adaptive and flexible online reference, hurricane.sc is accessible on a desktop computer, a smartphone or a tablet.

“People in potentially vulnerable areas will be able to use this new website along with our other resources to update their emergency plans, know what evacuation zone they’re in and make informed decisions about their personal safety,” SCEMD Director Kim Stenson said. “Hurricane.sc is another tool in the toolbox for people to use when becoming their own emergency managers and being personally prepared for hurricanes.”

The new website is a virtual companion to SCEMD’s main website, scemd.org, the SC Emergency Manager mobile app and the annual South Carolina Hurricane Guide. The 2021 edition of the Hurricane Guide will be released this Sunday, May 30, to kick off Hurricane Preparedness Week. The State Emergency Response Team has updated the Guide for this year’s hurricane season, including new evacuation zones for Berkeley County.

The South Carolina Hurricane Guide will be available at all South Carolina Welcome Centers, at any Walgreens store statewide and at SCDMV offices in Bamberg, Beaufort, Bluffton, Charleston, Conway, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Kingstree, Ladson, Lake City, Little River, Mullins, Moncks Corner, Mount Pleasant, Myrtle Beach, North Charleston, Saint George and Varnville.

The 2021 Hurricane Guide will also be released via newspaper subscription and rack sales starting this Sunday, May 30, in The Beaufort Gazette, the Charleston Post and Courier, the Post and Courier Myrtle Beach, the Hilton Head Island Packet, The State, the Sumter Item, the Florence Morning News, the Orangeburg Times and Democrat, the Myrtle Beach Sun News; Wednesday, June 2, in Bluffton Today, the Jasper County Sun Times, and Pee Dee Weekly; and Thursday, June 3 in the Dillon Herald.

In addition to the South Carolina Hurricane Guide and hurricane.sc, the SC Emergency Manager mobile app is a personal tool for emergency planning. Follow the official @SCEMD accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay connected.

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Derrec Becker, SC CEM

Chief of Public Information & External Affairs

South Carolina Emergency Management Division

Mobile: 803.530.2193 | Office: 803.737.8500

Online: scemd.org  |  Social: @SCEMD

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