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The Great Southeast ShakeOut

Similar to other emergency preparedness drills sponsored by SCEMD, the signal to begin the drill will be broadcast at 10:16 a.m. on October 16 via NOAA tone-alert weather radio and broadcast media

Registration on the Southeast ShakeOut site is an important part of this event.  The Great ShakeOut is open to everyone in South Carolina.  To register, go to  Be sure to include the total number of people taking part in the drill with you.  More than 1.4 million participants total from South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Washington, D.C., have registered so far. 

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To help grow our database with the most reliable information, we are strongly encouraging everyone to register on our Code Red Community Notification Enrollment Page (CNE).  The secure, customized CNE page allows our residents and businesses to add or update their contact information to ensure they will be included when an emergency, general, or weather message is sent – unlisted numbers, mobile numbers, TD/TTY requirements can all be entered.  Below are some advantages of the Weather Notification service provided by Code Red:

  • Stay Safe: Code Red Weather Warning will alert registered citizens, in the direct path of severe weather

  • Alert Types: Notifications will be sent out moments after a severe thunderstorm warning, tornado warning, or flash flood warning has been issued by the National Weather Services.  Only citizens in the immediate impact area will be alerted

  • Caller ID:  Registered citizens will know the call is from Code Red Weather Warning when you see the telephone number 1-800-566-9780.  If you would like to hear the last message delivered to your phone simply dial the number back.

  • Privacy: Your contact information will remain private and will only be used for severe weather or emergency alerts.

  • Register to get the Call:  Users must opt-in to receive weather notifications. 

With everyone taking a moment to fill out the CNE, we can ensure the citizens of Spartanburg County receive timely notifications via multiple platforms (email, cell, landline, text).  If you wish to receive these notifications, please click on the logo above:



National Preparedness Month is designed to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities.
Whether it's September or any other month of the year, disaster can strike at any time without warning. The Spartanburg County Office of Emergency Management encourages all citizens to be prepared for when - not if - the next emergency will occur.
How prepared are you?  Join us for a free Disaster Training in October or  if anything, check out the tips and resources listed below for important information you can use to protect yourself, your family, and your property. Preparedness is a responsibility we all share. Let's do our part.

11 Ways YOU Can be Disaster Prepared

  1. Identify Your Risk - What are the hazards where you live or work? Find out what natural or human caused disasters pose a risk for you. Do you live near a flood plain, an earthquake fault, or in a high fire danger area? Are you prepared for an unexpected human-made disaster that can strike any time? Does your neighborhood or community have a disaster plan?
  2. Create a Family Disaster Plan - Your family needs a plan that tells everyone: where to meet if you have to evacuate; who you’ve identified as an out-of-state “family contact”; how to get emergency information in your community; and how to take care of your family pets.
  3. Practice Your Disaster Plan - After you have sat down with your family and written your plan — practice it. Start by having family members meet at a designated spot outside your home — like you would after a fire or after the shaking stops. Know how to respond in the event of any disaster — whether to stay put indoors, or whether to evacuate your neighborhood by car. If your family needs to evacuate, know the proper evacuation procedures and routes as determined by SCOEM.
  4. Build a Disaster Supply Kit for Your Home - If you are stranded in your car or have to be self-sufficient at home until help arrives, you need to have a disaster kit with you.
  5. Prepare Your Children - Talk to your kids about what the risks are and what your family will do if disaster strikes.
  6. Don't Forget Those with Special Needs - Infants, seniors and those with special needs must not be forgotten. Make sure that supplies for your infant are in your kit and that you have items such as medications, oxygen tank, or other medical supplies that seniors or those with special needs may require. Check out tips for preparing the elderly.
  7. Learn CPR and First Aid - Contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross today or via the Spartanburg County CERT program, get trained on basic first aid and CPR. Your training could save the life of a loved one or neighbor following a disaster.
  8. Eliminate Hazards in Your Home and the Workplace - You must secure the contents of your home or office to reduce hazards, especially during shaking from an earthquake or from an explosion.
  9. Understand Post-9/11 Risks - Disaster preparedness must now account for man-made disasters as well as natural ones. Knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.
  10. Get Involved, Volunteer - Donate blood, join CERT, educate your neighbor, or volunteer for the numerous agencies out there that offer disaster support Day

On September 13, 2014, Spartanburg County Emergency Management, the Local Emergency Planning Committee and Westgate Mall will host Spartanburg County Community Emergency Preparedness Day.  We ask that everyone in our community come out to visit our supporters, meet our responders, and have fun day with family/friends.


Disaster Business Symposium 2014

On May 29, 2014, the 3rd Annual Disaster Business Symposium will take place at Spartanburg Community College, Tracey Gaines Auditorium beginning at 8am.  This event will include numerous speakers and topics.  All business leaders are invited to attend this very worthwhile event



SCOEM Director & CERT Volunteer Honored

Spartanburg County Emergency Management volunteer Barbara Grudzien, left, and Doug Bryson, director of emergency management, right, were honored recently as the S.C. Emergency Management Association director and volunteer of the year.

Severe Weather Awareness Week

Governor Nikki Haley has proclaimed that South Carolina Severe Weather Awareness Week for 2014 will be observed March 2 – 8.  The South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the National Weather Service, and the South Carolina Broadcasters Association jointly sponsor the week to remind people that severe storms, tornadoes and flash floods are significant hazards in South Carolina and people need to take proper safety precautions.  SCEMD and the National Weather Service are promoting awareness of procedures that help keep you safe during tornadoes. 

A highlight of the week will be the annual statewide tornado drill on Tuesday, March 4, at 9 a.m. with a backup date of Thursday, March 6.  The State Superintendent of Education is encouraging schools statewide to participate in the drill.  South Carolina has received a waiver from the Federal Communications Commission to use the Tornado Warning product on NOAA tone-alert weather radio when the drill is conducted.  During the drill, the National Weather Service will use a real-event code, TOR.  The "TOR" code will activate tone-alert weather radios that are set to receive tornado warnings, and those radios will broadcast the exercise message.

Public schools, state and local Emergency Management, the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, and others will participate in this annual event.  The purpose of the drill is to test communication systems, safety procedures, mitigation processes, etc.  For further information on Severe Weather Awareness Week, contact your county emergency management director, the State Emergency Management Division or your nearest National Weather Service office.

Governor Nikki Haley's Proclamation

Tornado Safety Tips

The National Weather Service

NOAA Weather Radio Information

South Carolina Broadcaster's Association

National Severe Weather Awareness Week Information

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