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Produced By: John Legare

What Do We Do?: 

What Do We Do? Make sure you get the day off when it snows. Watch for situations that could be dangerous to the citizens of South Carolina. Make plans so emergency workers can respond to dangerous situations. Tell the people of South Carolina what is happening, and what they should do.

Types of Emergencies in South Carolina: 

Types of Emergencies in South Carolina Hurricanes Earthquakes Tornadoes Floods Winter Storms Severe Thunderstorms


Hurricanes South Carolina is often affected by hurricanes. In 1989 Hurricane Hugo struck our coastline causing severe damage throughout a large part of the state.

What is a Hurricane?: 

What is a Hurricane? A hurricane is a tropical storm with winds greater than 74 miles per hour. Hurricanes have a spiral shape, like a pinwheel. At the center of a hurricane is a calm area 20 to 30 miles wide called the eye. Hurricanes cause damage through: high winds, heavy rain, storm surge, and flooding. Hurricane season runs from June through November in South Carolina.

Hurricane Preparedness: 

Hurricane Preparedness Keep up with reports on the television, radio, and computer about the hurricane. Discuss a family hurricane plan with your parent or guardian, and have a disaster kit ready. Know the difference between a Hurricane Watch: a hurricane may strike in 24-36 hours; and a Hurricane Warning: a hurricane will be in your area within 24 hours. Evacuate as soon as notice is given.


Earthquakes South Carolina is an earthquake prone area, having several quakes annually. Typical earthquakes are mild ranging from 1.0 to 3.0 in magnitude. S.C. Earthquake locations 1974-1995

What is an Earthquake?: 

What is an Earthquake? An earthquake is the shockwave that occurs when plates beneath the Earth’s crust shift. This movement causes the ground to become unstable causing buildings to collapse.

What is a Earthquake?: 

What is a Earthquake? South Carolina has had two significant earthquakes. Charleston suffered a severe quake in 1886 doing millions of dollars in damage, and Union had a very large quake in 1913.

Earthquake Preparedness: 

Earthquake Preparedness Identify danger areas. Do not go near glass that could break, or heavy objects that could fall on you during an earthquake. Move to a safe place where you can get under a table, desk, or against an interior wall. Practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On drills. Discuss your emergency plan with parents and teachers, have your disaster kit ready.


Tornados Tornados are some of Mother Nature’s most dangerous storms, striking with little warning and causing serious destruction in seconds. Tornados often sound like a train, or an airplane when they approach.

What is a Tornado?: 

What is a Tornado? Tornados are rotating funnel shaped clouds with winds up to 200 miles per hour. Generally tornados travel about ten miles before dying out, but they can travel as far as 200 miles.

Tornado Preparedness: 

Tornado Preparedness If you see or hear a tornado take shelter immediately. If outside, in a car, or in a mobile home with no shelter nearby, you should lie flat on the ground in a low area covering your head with your arms and hands.

Tornado Preparedness: 

Tornado Preparedness If you are inside go to the basement or storm cellar if you have one. If there is not a basement or cellar move to the center of the lowest floor. Get under a sturdy piece of furniture like a desk or table.

Tornado Preparedness: 

Tornado Preparedness Know the difference between a Tornado Watch: where conditions are right for a tornado, and a Tornado Warning: where a tornado has been sighted and is considered dangerous. Know your family disaster plan, and have a disaster kit.


Floods All areas of the South Carolina are prone to flooding. Any water source from the smallest stream to a large lake have the potential to overflow, and threaten the surrounding area.

Flood Preparedness: 

Flood Preparedness Know the difference between a Flood Watch: where water sources have the potential to flood and a Flood Warning: where flooding has already occurred. Always move to high ground. If you are in a car get out immediately, and move to high ground.

Flood Preparedness: 

Flood Preparedness Never play, swim, or travel in flooded areas. Watch out for snakes, and other hazards that have moved to higher ground. Know your Family Emergency Plan with your family, and have a disaster kit ready.

Winter Storms: 

Winter Storms Winter storms cause severe problems in South Carolina. Winter storms often have strong winds, sleet, freezing rain, heavy snowfall and bitter cold as components.

Winter Storm Preparedness: 

Winter Storm Preparedness During a winter storm, it is best to stay inside. When you go outside to play in the snow after a storm dress in several layers of warm clothing. If you start to get too cold, or your nose, hands, feet or ears start to feel numb, go inside and warm up for a few minutes. Numbness is often the first sign of frostbite. Stay away from any high voltage lines that may have fallen during the storm. Do not play on frozen ponds without asking an adult if it is safe first.

Severe Thunderstorms: 

Severe Thunderstorms Severe weather is a very common event in South Carolina, especially during the summer. Thunderstorms form almost every day, and it is important to seek shelter during these storms.

Severe Thunderstorms: 

Severe Thunderstorms Severe storms usually have heavy rain, strong winds, and lightning when they hit. Though the thunder you hear in these storms is scary it is the lightning that is dangerous.

Thunderstorms Preparedness: 

Thunderstorms Preparedness Always seek shelter during severe weather. If you are swimming or boating, get out of the water and into shelter right away. If you can’t find shelter, or your hair feels like it is standing on end hurry to a low open place, and crouch down so your body is like a little ball. If you see high voltage lines down after the storm, stay away from them and tell an adult right away.

Family Emergency Plan: 

Family Emergency Plan A family emergency plan is an important thing to have in an emergency situation. You can help your family develop a disaster plan so your family will be ready. Talk with your parents about where the safe spot, and meeting spot for each type of emergency. Make a list of phone numbers for emergency agencies. Make a checklist for your emergency kit, and go over it at least once a year to make sure that it is up to date

Family Emergency Kit: 

Family Emergency Kit Flashlight Battery operated radio Batteries Bottled water (1gallon for each person per day) First Aid Kit Prescription medicines Non-perishable food Extra clothing Plastic trash bags Matches or lighter Emergency numbers Books and games Pocket knife Money



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