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Disaster Recovery Center Opens In Sumter County To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 17, 2016 - A disaster recovery center will open for three days in Sumter to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew. The Sumter County center will be open Monday, November 21, through Wednesday, November 23.
 
Representatives from the State of South Carolina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid.
 
The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:
 
Sumter County
 
Cherryvale Community Center
4340 Confederate Road
Sumter, SC 29154
9 AM to 7 PM, Monday - Wednesday
 
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster recovery centers are open throughout the state. Residents can find the closest center by using the online locator, here.

Disaster Recovery Center Opens In Clarendon County To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 16, 2016 - A disaster recovery center is open for three days in Manning to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew. The Clarendon County center will be open today Thursday, November 17, through Saturday, November 19.
 
Representatives from the State of South Carolina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid.
 
The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:
 
Clarendon County
 
Clarendon County Community Complex
7 Maple Street
Manning, SC 29102
9 AM to 7 PM, Thursday and Friday
10 AM to 6 PM Saturday
 
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster recovery centers are open throughout the state. Residents can find the closest center by using the online locator, here.

Gov. Nikki Haley Announces Statewide Prayer Vigils

"We Know How To Have Compassion...We Are One State, One People"

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 15, 2016 - As South Carolinians prepare for Thanksgiving and the holiday season, Governor Nikki Haley announced a day of prayer vigils throughout the state on Tuesday, November 22, 2016.

The governor, working together with leaders of the faith community, urges everyone, regardless of their faith or denomination, to pray for continued strength and healing across the state and give thanks for the state's blessings. Prayer vigils will be held in individual places of worship at 12:00 PM when bells will ring in observance of services statewide.

"Faith, prayer and helping our neighbors is what got us through a challenging time last year, and those things will get us through these two trials and the aftermath of the hurricane," said the governor. "In South Carolina, we know how to have compassion toward each other, count our blessings, and remember that we are one state, one people."

Two significant criminal trials are underway in Charleston, and many families along the coast and throughout the Pee Dee are still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Matthew.

Disaster Recovery Center Opens In Bamberg County To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 14, 2016 - A disaster recovery center is open for three days in Bamberg to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew. The Bamberg County center will be open today Monday, November 14, through Wednesday, November 16.
 
Representatives from the State of South Carolina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid.
 
The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:
 
Bamberg County
 
Bamberg County Emergency Management
847 Calhoun Street
Bamberg, SC 29003
9 AM to 7 PM, Monday - Wednesday
 
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster recovery centers are open throughout the state. Residents can find the closest center by using the online locator, here.

Disaster Recovery Center Opens In Hampton County To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 10, 2016 - A disaster recovery center is open for three days in Hampton to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew. The Hampton County center will be open Thursday, November 10, through Saturday, November 12.
 
Representatives from the State of South Carolina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid.
 
The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:
 
Hampton County
 
Town of Hampton Fire Department
600 West Second Street
Hampton, SC 29924
9 AM to 7 PM, Thursday and Friday
10 AM to 6 PM, Saturday
 
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster recovery centers are open throughout the state. Residents can find the closest center by using the online locator, here.

Thorne Research Establishing Headquarters And Manufacturing Operations In Berkeley County

Nutritional Supplement Company Investing $35 Million And Creating 330 Jobs In Berkeley County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 10, 2016 - Thorne Research, Inc., a privately-held nutritional supplement manufacturing company, will be constructing a new manufacturing facility and corporate office complex in Summerville, S.C. The $35 million project is expected to create 330 new jobs in Berkeley County.

Thorne is a personalized health solutions company dedicated to improving individual outcomes through science and technology. For 30 years, Thorne has led the nutritional supplement industry in providing researched-based, high-quality natural products, including foundational vitamins and minerals and therapeutic-focused nutritional supplements. By leveraging cutting-edge research and personalized data through its affiliate, WellnessFX, Thorne offers customized preventive health solutions for practitioners, their patients and athletes.

Thorne Research’s new state-of-the-art, 240,000-square-foot manufacturing plant and corporate headquarters will be located at 620 Omni Industrial Blvd., on a 26-acre parcel, in the Omni Industrial Campus in Summerville. Expected to be fully operational by the middle of 2018, hiring for the new positions is projected to begin in the second quarter of 2018. Anyone interested in joining the Thorne Research team should visit the company’s career page online. For additional information on the company, visit www.thorne.com.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.

QUOTES

“Given the dramatic impact and planned growth arising from our collaboration with the Mayo Clinic, the U.S. Olympic Committee, the Colorado Hospital Association and others, combined with dramatic increases in new professional customers, particularly medical doctors and our international businesses, our new Summerville facility will meet our need to increase capacity and productivity to meet our anticipated future growth. The State of South Carolina, particularly Governor Haley, who was personally involved, as well as so many officials with the Department of Commerce and Berkeley County, have been exceptionally helpful and worked tirelessly with us to make this a reality.” –Thorne Research, Inc. CEO Paul Jacobson

“The fact that Thorne Research has decided to move its headquarters to Summerville is a real reason to celebrate, and it shows that the Team South Carolina approach to creating a competitive business environment and developing one of the most skilled workforces in the world is working for the state as a whole. We’re excited to welcome Thorne to the South Carolina family and thank its leadership for the commitment that this investment, and the 330 new jobs it will create, shows they have toward the people of our great state.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“It’s always exciting when a company decides to locate new operations in South Carolina, and we’re pleased to welcome such an innovative company, like Thorne Research, that’s focused on cutting-edge technology and advanced manufacturing. I congratulate them on this new investment and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for them here.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Thorne’s announcement of arguably the largest life science project in the Lowcountry is extremely exciting for Berkeley County; we are honored to welcome Thorne, their investment and the hundreds of jobs they offer. Thorne’s announcement is also further proof that Berkeley County is open for business, and Berkeley County means business. Through meetings with the company’s team, I am confident Thorne will thrive in Berkeley County and also be incredible partners in job creation opportunities for many years to come.” –Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler

“The Charleston region successfully competed against major U.S. metros to attract the largest life sciences headquarters and manufacturer in our community’s history. Governor Haley was an influential and persuasive factor, along with a comprehensive group of local leaders, in Thorne Research’s decision to locate in Berkeley County. We are proud to welcome Thorne to our region’s growing life sciences cluster.” –Charleston Regional Development Alliance Chairman Todd Gallati

FIVE FAST FACTS

•    Thorne Research is establishing company headquarters and manufacturing operations in Berkeley County.
•    $35 million investment to create 330 jobs.
•    Thorne is a personalized health solutions company dedicated to improving individual outcomes through science and technology.
•    Located at 620 Omni Industrial Blvd. in Summerville, the company’s new facility is projected to be operational by the middle of 2018, and hiring is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2018.
•    Those interested in joining the Thorne Research team should visit the company’s career page online.

OneMain Holdings, Inc. Expanding York County Operations

Financial Services Company Bringing 175 Jobs To Fort Mill, S.C.

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 10, 2016 - OneMain Holdings, Inc., a leading consumer finance company, is expanding its existing operations in York County. The expansion is projected to bring $279,000 in new capital investment and create 175 new jobs.

For more than 100 years, OneMain has been providing personalized, best-in-class service at more than 1,800 branches in 44 states, including 83 branches in South Carolina. With a primary focus on assisting customers with personal loans and services, the company has more than 11,000 team members nationally.  

OneMain’s facility is located at 605 Munn Road East in Fort Mill, S.C. The company will be leasing approximately 58,000 square-feet of new space adjacent to its existing operations. Hiring for the new positions began in the fourth quarter of 2016, and those interested in joining the OneMain team should visit the company’s career page online.
For additional information on OneMain Holdings, Inc., visit the company’s website at www.onemainfinancial.com.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.

QUOTES

“OneMain is proud of our growth and accomplishments in the great state of South Carolina, and we remain committed to building our business here for many years ahead. I would like to thank the team at the New York Grant Company, an economic incentives consulting firm, for their diligence in helping us navigate the process and obtain the benefits under the South Carolina Enterprise Program.” –President and CEO of OneMain Jay Levine

“The 175 jobs that this investment from OneMain Holdings means for York County should be celebrated throughout the state. Each time one of our companies decides to expand its operations here, it shows that Team South Carolina’s hard work toward creating the most competitive business environment and most skilled workforce possible is paying off for South Carolinians.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina’s business-friendly environment continues to have a positive impact on existing industry in the state, and today’s announcement by OneMain Holdings is a testament to that. I congratulate them on their expansion and look forward to watching them thrive for years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 

“On behalf of York County, we congratulate OneMain on their new expansion. Their decision to expand here will create more diverse job opportunities for our vibrant workforce. We look forward to watching their continued growth and success.” –Chairman of York County Council Britt Blackwell

FIVE FAST FACTS

•    OneMain Holdings, Inc. is expanding its existing operations in York County.
•    $279,000 investment to create 175 new positions.
•    OneMain Holdings is a leading consumer financial services company with more than 1,800 branches in 44 states.
•    Located at 605 Munn Road East in Fort Mill, S.C., the company will be leasing approximately 58,000 square feet of new space adjacent to its existing operations.
•    For information on joining the OneMain team, visit the company’s career page online.

Harris Pillow Supply Growing Beaufort County Operations

Family-Run Pillow Manufacturer Investing $2.1 Million To Expand

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 9, 2016 - Harris Pillow Supply, a family-run pillow manufacturer based out of Beaufort County, is expanding its existing operations. The expansion is projected to bring $2.1 million in new capital investment and create 22 new positions over the next five years.

Founded in 1958, Harris Pillow Supply is a family-owned manufacturer and provider of high-end pillows to a variety of customers. The company has grown to service more than 7,000 customers in every state, along with multiple international markets. Harris Pillow is also the only company in the industry to manufacture its own pillow renovating machine, the Pillow-Vac.

Currently located at 3026 Trask Parkway in Beaufort, S.C., the company will be relocating to a larger facility at 5 Parker Drive in early 2017. For its new, expanded operations, Harris Pillow will be looking for skilled and experienced workers to join its production and administrative teams. Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2017, and those interested in applying should visit www.harrispillow.com or email sales@harrispillow.com.

For more information on the company, visit www.harrispillow.com

QUOTES

“We are blessed to have experienced a growth in business over the past few years and are tremendously grateful for the support given to us by our local chamber of commerce, Beaufort County government, as well as the S.C. Department of Commerce. We are excited about the move as the new facility will enable us to install more equipment and expand into even more markets.” –Harris Pillow Supply Vice President Patrick Harris

“The fact that Harris Pillow has decided to expand its South Carolina operations is a huge win for the people of Beaufort County and for our state’s growing manufacturing industry. Our state is on the move in so many ways, and this $2.1 million investment that means 22 jobs is just one more example of Team South Carolina’s hard work paying off for the talented people who make up our elite workforce.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina is proudly leading the manufacturing renaissance, and Harris Pillow’s expansion is yet another win for the manufacturing sector in our state. Their growing footprint here underscores the fact that South Carolina continues to be ‘Just right’ for both new and existing businesses.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Our congratulations to Harris Pillow Supply on their decision to expand in Beaufort County. We are delighted to partner with the Harris family again as their business grows and thrives. As their family-owned and operated manufacturing company expands into their new facility, we look forward to celebrating this company’s continued achievements for many years to come.” –Beaufort County Council Chairman Paul Sommerville

FIVE FAST FACTS

•    Harris Pillow Supply is expanding its operations in Beaufort County.
•    $2.1 million investment to create 22 new jobs.
•    Harris Pillow Supply is a family-run pillow manufacturer that supplies high-end pillows to a variety of customers.
•    Located at 3026 Trask Parkway in Beaufort, S.C., the company will be moving, in early 2017, to its new location at 5 Parker Drive in Beaufort. 
•    For more information on Harris Pillow, visit the company’s website at www.harrispillow.com.

Disaster Recovery Centers Open In Charleston And Jasper Counties To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 9, 2016 - Disaster recovery centers are now open in North Charleston and Ridgeland to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew. The Charleston and Jasper County centers will be open Monday through Saturday until further notice.
 
Representatives from the State of South Carolina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid.
 
The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:
 
Charleston County
 
3887 Leeds Avenue
At the corner of Leeds Avenue and Bridgeview Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405
9 AM to 7 PM, Monday- Friday
10 AM to 6 PM, Saturday
Closed Sunday
 
Jasper County
 
Jasper Emergency Service Headquarters
1509 Grays Highway
Ridgeland, SC 29966
9 AM to 7 PM, Monday- Friday
10 AM to 6 PM, Saturday
Closed Sunday
 
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster recovery centers are open throughout the state. Residents can find the closest center by using the online locator, here.

Martin Printing Co. Expands Operations In Pickens County

Homegrown Company Invests $2 Million In Upstate Expansion

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 9, 2016 - Martin Printing Co., a family-run print solutions company, is expanding its Upstate operations in Pickens County. This project is expected to bring $2 million in new capital investment and create 20 new jobs.

Founded in 1902, Martin Printing is in its third-generation of family ownership and provides a complete range of print solutions, including concept development, graphic design, printing, digital publishing and fulfillment. The company specializes in the production of magazines, direct mail, custom collateral, packaging and more.

To expand, the company has relocated its production operations into a larger, 80,000-square-foot facility, which is located at 1765 Powdersville Road in Easley, S.C. Additionally, the company has invested in a Heidelberg XL Press – the first of its kind in the Upstate and one of only two in South Carolina. The company is also adding new prepress, bindery and mailing equipment.

Hiring for the new positions is currently underway. Those interested in joining the Martin Printing team should visit the company’s career page online. For more information on Martin Printing Co., visit the company’s website at www.martinprinting.com.

QUOTES

“Our expansion is part of our continued dedication to improving efficiency, so we can provide outstanding service for our clients. We wouldn’t be here without loyal clients and a hard-working team. Pickens County, the Upstate and South Carolina have provided a wonderful business environment in which to grow our company.” –Martin Printing CEO William Ragsdale

“It’s always exciting to watch a homegrown company, like Martin Printing, as they expand its business in our state. This $2 million investment and the 20 new jobs it means for Pickens County is something that all of Team South Carolina should be proud of.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“Martin Printing has a long history of success in South Carolina, and we congratulate them on their new expansion. Today’s announcement is yet another testament to the pro-business environment we’ve worked hard to create here in the Palmetto State.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Pickens County is delighted to celebrate the success, growth and expansion of Martin Printing Co. We are thrilled to congratulate this third-generation company! The growth of this company, in today’s changing print marketplace, is a testament to the company’s ownership and leadership, as well as the talented workforce who have helped this company succeed for over 100 years. From my student days at Clemson (when Martin Printing Co. printed the student paper, The Tiger) to their sophisticated print offerings today, this company embodies the spirit of a successful business. Pickens County is glad to have them in our business community, and we look forward to watching their continued growth and success for future generations.” –Pickens County Council Chair Jennifer H. Willis

FIVE FAST FACTS

•    Martin Printing Co. is expanding its production operations in Pickens County.
•    $2 million investment to create 20 new jobs.
•    Martin Printing is a family-run print solutions company featuring a variety of print production capabilities for multiple applications.
•    To expand, the company has relocated its production operations into a larger, 80,000-square-foot facility, which is located at 1765 Powdersville Road in Easley, S.C.
•    Those interested in joining the Martin Printing team should visit the company’s career page online.

Gov. Nikki Haley Congratulates President-elect Donald Trump

"This Is An Opportunity For Our Country To Unite And Work Together"

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 9, 2016 - Governor Nikki Haley released the following statement on the results of Tuesday’s presidential campaign:

“We congratulate President-elect Donald Trump on his historic victory. After a hard-fought campaign, where we have seen great passion and frustration among voters, the people have spoken. This is an opportunity for the country to unite and work together, and, as governor of South Carolina, I will partner with our new president to move our state and nation forward.”

Disaster Recovery Center Opens In Dillon County To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 7, 2016 -  A disaster recovery center is now open in Latta to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew. The Dillon County center will be open Monday through Saturday until further notice.
 
Representatives from the State of South Carolina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid.
 
The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:
 
Dillon County
 
Old Latimer Elementary School
134 Latimer Street
Latta, SC 29565
9 AM to 7 PM, Monday- Friday
10 AM to 6 PM, Saturday
Closed Sunday
 
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster recovery centers are open throughout the state. Residents can find the closest center by using the online locator, here.

Golfbreaks.com Chooses Charleston County For First U.S. Operations

International golf travel company utilizing new state Landing Pad program to establish presence in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 4, 2016 - Golfbreaks.com, a specialty golf travel company and participant in the state’s new Landing Pad program, is establishing its first U.S. operations in Charleston County.

Established in 1998 and headquartered in the United Kingdom, Golfbreaks.com organizes golf travel vacations for approximately 220,000 golfers annually. With a workforce of more than 150 at its Windsor, U.K. headquarters facility, the company anticipates tremendous growth potential for its new location in the Charleston region.

With an initial focus on golf vacations to the UK and Ireland, the North American arm of Golfbreaks.com will soon be expanding its offerings outside of the British Isles. To do so, the company will be adding destinations, such as Mexico and the Dominican Republic by January 2017 and domestic North American destinations later in 2017.

Golfbreaks.com has already hired five employees to manage its new North American operations, which are headquartered at 1156 Bowman Road in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Future growth is expected as the company continues to expand its offerings further into the North American market. Hiring for new positions will be ongoing, and interested applicants should contact the company directly at recruitment@golfbreaks.com.

To properly navigate the economic development process in South Carolina, Golfbreaks.com has participated in the state’s Landing Pad program, which aims to assist established companies looking to enter the U.S. or South Carolina markets for the first time. A collaborative effort between the S.C. Department of Commerce and the state’s regional economic development alliances, the program assists companies with a variety of issues and services, including regulation, taxation and translation, as well as finding suitable office space.

For more information on Golfbreaks.com, visit the company’s North American market website at http://usa.golfbreaks.com/. For more information on the state’s Landing Pad program, contact GrowfromSC@SCCommerce.com.

QUOTES

“There are 30 million golfers in North America compared with four million in the U.K., and if we can capture the same five percent market share as we have in the U.K., we will be sending 1.5 million North American golfers on golf vacations annually at some point. This, in turn, will provide career opportunities for literally hundreds of Charleston area residents. The opportunity is hugely exciting, and we are thrilled to have chosen the Lowcountry for our North American headquarters. From the State of South Carolina to the Charleston region, we could not have been given more support so far, for which we are extremely grateful!” –Golfbreaks.com USA CEO and Co-Founder Daniel Grave

“It’s always special when a foreign-based company decides to establish its first U.S. operations in South Carolina, and we look forward to seeing the impact that Golfbreaks.com will have on our entire state’s tourism industry and world-class golf culture.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“With Golfbreaks.com’s announcement, it’s great to see that South Carolina’s new Landing Pad program is already making a difference. Team South Carolina will continue to work together to ensure that we provide the most welcoming environment possible for businesses from all corners of the globe.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Congratulations to Golfbreaks.com on their expansion into the world’s most acclaimed travel destination. Charleston County is a natural fit. Our community has a passion for golf, and more importantly, we have a desire to foster business growth alongside our favorable quality of life. This a hole in one.” –Charleston County Council Chairman Elliott Summey

"We're delighted Golfbreaks.com has chosen Mount Pleasant, S.C. for its North American headquarters and look forward to watching them flourish here. We're confident Landing Pad businesses will continue to find the town's stunning natural beauty, low taxes, unmatched quality of life and hands-on, real-time business support attractive for putting down roots in Mount Pleasant." –Town of Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page

“We are so pleased to welcome Golfbreaks.com to our community and look forward to its continued growth and success. This was a seamless team effort, and the region’s available talent and business-friendly climate made all the difference.” –Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board Chair Todd Gallati

FIVE FAST FACTS

• Golfbreaks.com is establishing its first North American operations in Charleston County.
• With a workforce of more than 150 at its UK headquarters, the company anticipates tremendous growth potential for its new location in the Charleston region.
• Golfbreaks.com is a specialty golf travel company that books more than 220,000 golfers annually on regional and international trips.
• Golfbreaks.com has participated in the state’s Landing Pad program, which aims to assist established companies looking to enter the U.S. or South Carolina markets for the first time.
• Hiring for new positions will be ongoing, and interested applicants should contact the company directly at recruitment@golfbreaks.com.

Teijin Ltd. Establishing Manufacturing Operations In Greenwood County

Carbon Fiber Manufacturing Facility To Bring $600 Million Investment And Create 220 Jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 4, 2016 - Teijin Ltd., a Japanese chemical, pharmaceutical and information technology company, will be constructing a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Greenwood County. Creating 220 new jobs, the project is expected to bring $600 million in new capital investment to Greenwood County – the largest initial capital investment by a company in the county’s history.

Founded in 1918, Teijin is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of sustainable transportation; information and electronics; safety and protection; environment and energy; and healthcare. The company’s main fields of operation include high-performance fibers, such as aramid, carbon fibers and composites, resin processing, polyester fibers and more. The group has approximately 150 companies and 16,000 employees spread across 20 countries worldwide.

Located along S.C. Highway 246 in Greenwood, S.C., the company will be constructing a carbon fiber manufacturing facility to supply the automotive, aerospace and industrial markets. With a very high strength-to-weight ratio, carbon fiber is an environmentally-friendly solution for the advanced manufacturing industry.

Details on hiring for the new positions will be announced after completion of ongoing engineering studies. For more information on the company, visit www.teijin.com.

QUOTES

“After an extensive site selection process that included 6 states, Teijin selected Greenwood, S.C. because of its pro-business atmosphere and proactive support from Governor Haley and her team, as well as local government officials. We were also attracted to the diversity of Greenwood’s citizens, the community’s rich history of welcoming foreign investment and the excellent training opportunities available at Piedmont Technical College. We plan to invest in resources to develop new and innovative products to meet the increasing demands of the global carbon fiber market.” –Teijin Director of Government Relations Wayne Trotter

“When a company invests $600 million in our state and our people, it shows a real commitment to working on a lasting partnership, and we couldn’t be more grateful for the commitment Teijin has shown today. We’re excited to welcome the newest member of the South Carolina family to its new home and look forward to seeing the tremendous impact these 220 new jobs will have in Greenwood County and across the state.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“We’ve worked hard to create a pro-business, pro-manufacturing environment in South Carolina, and this new announcement is further evidence that our strategy is paying off. I congratulate Teijin on their incredible commitment to our state, and we welcome them to our world-renowned business community.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Today’s announcement represents the largest initial capital investment by a company in our county’s history. We attribute this success to our local leadership, our highly-skilled workforce and our pro-business atmosphere that we strive to create. We welcome Teijin to Greenwood and will work hard to make sure their industry is a success for years to come.” –Chairman of Greenwood County Council Steve Brown

“Greenwood County is a great place to do business, and we are excited to welcome Teijin and their state-of-the-art carbon fiber facility to our world-class manufacturing base. We are thankful to all of our partners that worked collaboratively with us to help make this investment a reality.” –Chairman of Greenwood Partnership Alliance Frank J. Wideman, III

FIVE FAST FACTS

•    Teijin, Ltd. is establishing manufacturing operations in Greenwood County.
•    $600 million capital investment to create 220 new jobs.
•    Teijin is a Japanese chemical, pharmaceutical and information technology company, with a focus on the production of high-performance fibers. 
•    Teijin will be constructing a state-of-the-art carbon fiber manufacturing facility in Greenwood to supply the automotive, aerospace and industrial markets.
•    Details on hiring for the new positions will be announced after completion of ongoing engineering studies.

About the Teijin Group:

Teijin (TSE: 3401) is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of sustainable transportation, information and electronics, safety and protection, environment and energy, and healthcare. Its main fields of operation are high-performance fibers such as aramid, carbon fibers & composites, healthcare, films, resin & plastic processing, polyester fibers, products converting and IT. The group has some 150 companies and around 16,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide. It posted consolidated sales of JPY790.7 billion (USD 7.4 billion) and total assets of JPY 823.4 billion (USD 7.7 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016.

Audio-Technica Officially Opening New Operations In Berkeley County

Leading Audio Manufacturer Establishes Southeast Distribution Center

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 3, 2016 - Audio-Technica, an industry leader in audio manufacturing, is officially opening its new Southeast distribution center tomorrow in Berkeley County. The $3.3 million project is expected to create six new positions in Berkeley County.

Established in 1962, Audio-Technica designs and manufactures a wide range of products, including high-performance microphones, headphones, phonographic magnetic cartridges and other audio equipment.

Located at 1325 Garrott Avenue in Moncks Corner, S.C., the new facility will augment Audio-Technica’s distribution center located at its U.S. corporate headquarters in Stow, Ohio. It will handle warehousing and distribution operations, as well as order processing. The 56,000-square-foot facility has seven loading docks and is designed to meet the increased market demand for Audio-Technica products.

For more information on Audio-Technica, visit www.audio-technica.com.

QUOTES

“With our continued growth, we needed to expand our distribution capabilities. The site in Moncks Corner is an ideal fit based on the favorable cost, availability of skilled labor and proximity of the Port of Charleston to our existing customer base. We are confident that this new location will meet the current and future needs of our customers and support our ongoing growth. We are excited to begin this new chapter.” –Audio-Technica US, Inc. Vice President of Operations Richard Sprungle

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Audio-Technica to the South Carolina family. Each time a company invests in our state and our people, it shows a commitment to our partnership, and we take that commitment seriously. We congratulate Audio-Technica on its decision to move here, and look forward to watching it grow here for many years to come.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“Today’s announcement by Audio-Technica is a testament to the power of the Palmetto State’s strong logistics sector. Team South Carolina continues to invest in our state’s infrastructure and logistics assets, and this latest announcement is further proof that this strategy is paying off.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Berkeley County is honored to have Audio-Technica call our community its new home. Today’s announcement and tomorrow’s event is further proof that Berkeley County is open for business and Berkeley County means business. From meetings with the company leadership over the last several months, I am extremely excited about the incredible partnership Berkeley County and Audio-Technica has formed and the job creation opportunities our residents will have for many years to come.” –Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler

“SC Ports Authority congratulates Audio-Technica on the opening of its first distribution center in the Southeast and looks forward to serving its growing import needs through the Port of Charleston. We welcome Audio-Technica to the Lowcountry.” –South Carolina Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome

FIVE FAST FACTS

•    Audio-Technica is officially opening its new distribution center in Berkeley County.
•    $3.3 million investment to create six new positions.
•    Audio-Technica is an industry leader in transducer technology and the development of high-performance audio equipment.
•    Located at 1325 Garrott Avenue in Moncks Corner, the new 56,000-square-foot facility is designed to accommodate increased market demand.
•    For more information on Audio-Technica, visit www.audio-technica.com.

Gov. Nikki Haley, State Leaders, Crime Victims’ Advocates Announce The Crime Victim Services Of South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 17, 2016 - Governor Nikki Haley, Attorney General Alan Wilson and victims advocates today announced the formation of the Crime Victim Services of South Carolina.

In an effort to improve services for crime victims, legislation will be proposed to consolidate, co-locate, and better coordinate multiple state agencies to the Attorney General’s Office. The new “Crime Victim Services” will include the State Office of Victim Assistance and the Crime Victim’s Ombudsman, currently at the Department of Administration, and the Division of Victim Assistance Grants, currently at the Department of Public Safety. Approximately 55 employees will be affected with no fiscal impact to the state.

“We are giving crime victim services a home in South Carolina for the first time in our state’s history,” said Gov. Haley during an event held at Columbia’s Crime Victims Memorial Gardens that was attended by members of the General Assembly and other stakeholders.

“Combining these agencies and streamlining their services is the right thing to do. Citizens deserve good government, victims deserve justice, and this is one more step forward to improve how we work for the people.  We are grateful for victims’ advocates who have championed this reform and do hero’s work every day, and we thank the attorney general for leading this effort and for continuing to have the backs of crime victims.”
You can find video of the full event on the governor's YouTube page.

With a targeted effective date of July 1, 2017, the governor will issue Executive Order 2016-43, which establishes a Crime Victim Services Transition Team to develop a plan for transitioning the administration of agencies and employees. A plan for addressing human resources, finance, information technology, and other operational matters must be submitted to the governor no later than January 10, 2017, the first day of the General Assembly’s 2017 Session. Members of the Transition Team will be comprised of representatives from the Attorney General’s Office, Department of Administration, and the Department of Public Safety.

“This the most significant reform for crime victims since 1998 when we passed the Victims’ Bill of Rights was added to the State Constitution,” said Attorney General Alan Wilson. “With this legislation, victims across the state will have a much needed unified voice. These South Carolinians deserve our best, and this proposal will enable us to better serve their needs with improved efficiency.”

The proposal to centralize crime victims services stems from the ongoing work of the Domestic Violence Task Force (Recommendation 42) as well as various reports, including the Department of Administration OEPP Restructuring Report in 2015 and three Legislative Audit Council Reports from 1999, 2007, and 2009.

When the proposal is passed into law, the consolidation will be the most significant reform for crime victims services since the Victims’ Bill of Rights was added to the State Constitution in 1998.

Central Wire, Inc. Expanding Lancaster County Plant

Specialty Wire Manufacturer Investing $2 Million In Facility Expansion

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 13, 2016 - Central Wire, Inc. (CWI), a stainless and specialty alloy wire manufacturer, is expanding its Lancaster County wire operation. The expansion is expected to bring $2 million in new capital investment and create 18 new jobs.

Established in 1955 and headquartered in Perth, Ontario, CWI manufactures and distributes stainless, nickel and specialty alloy wire, as well as engineered cable assemblies. The company maintains 11 manufacturing and distribution facilities throughout the U.S., U.K. and Canada, and provides a broad range of innovative wire products and cable assembly solutions.

CWI will be adding two state-of-the-art welding wire manufacturing lines at its Lancaster facility, which is located at 1552 Cedar Pines Lake Road and currently employs 32 people. The new lines will allow for stainless, nickel and copper alloy welding wire in multiple packaging configurations. Work on the expansion is projected to begin in January 2017 and is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2017.
For more information on CWI, visit www.centralwire.com

QUOTES

“This product line expansion will make CWI a big player in welding wire and greatly increase our local manufacturing workforce over time. This CWI and Lancaster County investment and expansion will provide new manufacturing technology and enhance our capabilities to service new customers that consume quality welding wire products in their manufacturing processes.” –General Manager of CWI Lancaster Facility Wesley Grider

“CWI’s decision to invest further and expand in Lancaster County is a huge win for Team South Carolina. Each time a company is able to expand here, it shows that our approach to developing the most competitive business environment possible is working for the people of the state, and that’s a real reason to celebrate.” –Gov. Nikki Haley

“South Carolina’s robust manufacturing sector continues to power the state’s economy; and, today, we celebrate Central Wire’s decision to help us achieve yet another huge win for that industry. We wish them well and look forward to watching their ongoing growth.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“We are excited to assist in this expansion as it will create new employment opportunities for residents of the county. This project not only creates much-needed manufacturing jobs, but also helps the local economy by increasing overall long-term business activity.” –Lancaster County Council Chairman Bob Bundy

“Lancaster County believes economic development starts with our existing businesses. Central Wire’s decision to invest and grow its Lancaster operation is very much appreciated and demonstrates the county’s strength as a location for advanced manufacturers. We are pleased to be able to assist them.” –Lancaster County Department of Economic Development Director Jamie Gilbert

FIVE FAST FACTS

•    Central Wire, Inc. (CWI) is expanding its Lancaster County manufacturing operations.
•    $2 million investment to create 18 new jobs.
•    CWI is a stainless and specialty alloy wire manufacturer supporting multiple industries, including automotive, aerospace, construction and more.
•    CWI will be adding two state-of-the-art welding wire manufacturing lines at its Lancaster facility, which is located at 1552 Cedar Pines Lake Road.
•    For more information on CWI, visit www.centralwire.com.

Gov. Nikki Haley, State Leaders, And Crime Victims' Advocates To Make A Special Announcement  

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 2, 2016 - Governor Nikki Haley will hold a press conference tomorrow with Attorney General Alan Wilson, members of the General Assembly, and stakeholders from around the state to make a special announcement regarding crime victims services.
 
WHO: Gov. Nikki Haley, Attorney General Alan Wilson, members of the General Assembly, and crime victims’ advocates
 
WHAT: Press conference regarding crime victim services
 
WHEN: Tomorrow, Thursday, November 3 at 10:00 AM
 
WHERE:  Crime Victims’ Memorial Garden by Riverfront Park,1704 Gist Street, Columbia, S.C.

Disaster Recovery Centers Open In Beaufort And Colleton Counties To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 2, 2016 - A disaster recovery center is now open in Walterboro to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew, the Colleton County center will be open Monday through Saturday until further notice. Another disaster recovery center will open tomorrow, Thursday, November 3, on Hilton Head Island to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew, the Beaufort County center will be open Thursday through Saturday until further notice.
 
Representatives from the State of South Carolina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid.
 
The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:
 
Beaufort County
 
Town Hall Council Chambers
1 Town Center Court
Hilton Head, SC 29928
9 AM to 7 PM, Thursday and Friday
10 AM to 6 PM, Saturday
Closed Sunday - Wednesday
 
Colleton County
 
The Colleton County Recreation Center
280 Recreation Lane
Walterboro, SC 29488
9 AM to 7 PM, Monday- Friday
10 AM to 6 PM, Saturday
Closed Sunday
 
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Additional disaster recovery centers will open soon in South Carolina counties affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Gov. Nikki Haley To Host Team South Carolina Waccamaw River Day

State and federal officials, non-profits will offer residents disaster relief assistance

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 1, 2016 - Governor Nikki Haley will visit Conway on Friday, November 4, for a Team South Carolina Hurricane Matthew relief event. Team South Carolina Waccamaw River Day will serve residents impacted by the storm from Horry and Georgetown counties and will be held from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the City of Conway Recreation Center.

For those impacted by river flooding in the Waccamaw River area caused by Hurricane Matthew, the Team South Carolina event will serve as a one-stop where residents can find out about resources available to families and businesses to aid recovery. Team South Carolina events bring together representatives from state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations to assist those in need in the wake flooding and other destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew.

At the Team South Carolina Waccamaw River Day residents can:

• Register for financial assistance from FEMA
• Apply for disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration
• Learn more about repairing and flood proofing their home from FEMA
• Get information about assistance for farmers with crop losses or damage from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency
• Apply for unemployment benefits from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce
• Apply for food and financial assistance from the S.C. Department of Social Services
• Get information about mental health and other healthcare services from the S.C. Department of Mental Health and the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services
• Get help with insurance claims from the S.C. Department of Insurance
• Receive a free kit to test well water from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control
• Receive a free tetanus shot from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control

WHO: Gov. Nikki Haley, state and federal officials, and non-profit organizations

WHAT: Team South Carolina Waccamaw River Day

WHEN: Friday, November 4, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

WHERE: City of Conway Recreation Center, 1515 Mill Pond Road, Conway, SC 29527

Disaster Recovery Centers Open In Berkeley And Georgetown Counties To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors

COLUMBIA, S.C. – November 1, 2016 - Disaster recovery centers are now open in Georgetown and St. Stephen to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew. The Berkeley and Georgetown County centers will be open Monday through Saturday until further notice.
 
Representatives from the State of South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid.
 
The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:
 
Berkeley County
 
Alvin Community Center
2191 Santee River Road
St. Stephen, SC 29479
9 AM to 7 PM, Monday- Friday
10 AM to 6 PM, Saturday
Closed Sunday
 
Georgetown County
 
Beck Recreation Center
2030 West Church Street
Georgetown, SC 29440
9 AM to 7 PM, Monday- Friday
10 AM to 6 PM, Saturday
Closed Sunday

It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Additional disaster recovery centers will open soon in South Carolina counties affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Disaster Recovery Centers Open In Florence And Marion Counties To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors

COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 26, 2016 - Disaster recovery centers are now open in Gresham and Lake City to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew. The Florence County and Marion County centers will be open Monday through Saturday until further notice.
 
Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid.
 
The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:
 
Florence County
 
Ragsdale Old Warehouse
245 S. Church Street
Lake City, SC 29560
8 AM to 6 PM, Monday- Saturday
Closed Sunday
 
Marion County
 
Safford Building
6882 Highway 908
Gresham, SC 29546
9 AM to 7 PM, Monday- Friday
10 AM to 6 PM, Saturday
Closed Sunday
 
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Additional disaster recovery centers will open soon in South Carolina counties affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Berkeley, Charleston And Chesterfield Counties Eligible For FEMA Individual Assistance

COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 25, 2016 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved three additional counties for Individual Assistance, allowing survivors who sustained losses to apply for aid in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Counties approved for FEMA Individual Assistance include: Berkeley, Charleston, and Chesterfield.

Assistance can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary homes, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help survivors recover from the effects of the disaster.

Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Calhoun, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Sumter and Williamsburg counties were previously designated for Individual Assistance.

Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. Disaster assistance applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing should call 800-462-7585 (TTY); those who use Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate 7 AM to 10 PM seven days a week until further notice.

Disaster Recovery Centers Open In Dorchester And Williamsburg Counties To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors

COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 25, 2016 - Disaster recovery centers are now open in Kingstree and Summerville to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew. The Dorchester County and Williamsburg County centers will be open Monday through Saturday until further notice.
 
Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid.
 
The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:
 
Dorchester County
 
Miles Road Baptist Church
819 Miles Road
Summerville, SC 29485
8 AM to 6 PM, Monday- Friday
10 AM to 6 PM, Saturday
Closed Sunday
 
Williamsburg County
 
Williamsburg Recreation Center
2084 Thurgood Marshall Highway
Kingstree, SC 29556
9 AM to 7 PM, Monday- Friday
10 AM to 6 PM, Saturday
Closed Sunday
 
It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Additional disaster recovery centers will open soon in South Carolina counties affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Gov. Nikki Haley To Host Team South Carolina Pee Dee Day

State and federal officials, non-profits will offer residents disaster relief assistance

COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 21, 2016 - Governor Nikki Haley will visit Marion on Friday, October 28, for a Team South Carolina Hurricane Matthew relief event. Team South Carolina Pee Dee Day will serve residents impacted by the storm from Darlington, Dillon, Florence and Marion counties and will be held from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM at the Marion County Administrative Building.

For those impacted by river flooding in the Pee Dee area caused by Hurricane Matthew, the Team South Carolina event will serve as a one-stop where residents can find out about resources available to families and businesses to aid recovery. Team South Carolina events bring together representatives from state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations to assist those in need in the wake flooding and other destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew.

At the Team South Carolina Pee Dee Day residents can:

• Register for financial assistance from FEMA
• Apply for disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration
• Learn more about repairing and flood proofing their home from FEMA
• Get information about assistance for farmers with crop losses or damage from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency
• Apply for unemployment benefits from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce
• Apply for food and financial assistance from the S.C. Department of Social Services
• Get information about mental health and other healthcare services from the S.C. Department of Mental Health and the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services
• Get help with insurance claims from the S.C. Department of Insurance
• Receive a free kit to test well water from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control
• Receive a free tetanus shot from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control


WHO: Gov. Nikki Haley, state and federal officials, and non-profit organizations

WHAT: Team South Carolina Pee Dee Day

WHEN: Friday, October 28, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

WHERE: Marion County Administrative Building, 2523 East Highway 76, Marion, SC 29571

Disaster Recovery Center Opens In Marion County To Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors

COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 21, 2016 - A disaster recovery center will open tomorrow, Saturday, October 22, in Mullins to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew. The Marion County center will be open Monday through Saturday until further notice.
 
Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies are at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid.
 
The disaster recovery center is located at the following address:
 
Marion County

Mullins City Hall
111 NE Front Street
Mullins, SC 29574
9 AM to 7 PM, Monday- Friday
10 AM to 6 PM, Saturday
Closed Sunday

It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.
 
To register go online any time to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.
 
Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.
 
Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
 
Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to SBA.gov/disaster. An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Additional disaster recovery centers will open soon in South Carolina counties affected by Hurricane Matthew.

FEMA Approves Reimbursement Of Hurricane Matthew Infrastructure Costs For 18 Counties, State Agencies

COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 19, 2016 - South Carolina state agencies, local governments and non-profit organizations in 18 counties are now eligible through FEMA to recoup costs associated with infrastructure damage caused by Hurricane Matthew. The FEMA Public Assistance Program will provide a partial reimbursement of costs for damages to roads and bridges, water control facilities, buildings and equipment, utilities, and parks and recreational facilities in the following counties: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Colleton, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Lee, Marion, Orangeburg, Sumter and Williamsburg counties.
 
Previously, 17 of these counties, not including Orangeburg County, were only approved for Categories A and B, debris removal and emergency response measures. At this time, Charleston and Darlington Counties are only eligible for Categories A and B but are still being assessed by local, state, and federal officials.
 
The FEMA Public Assistance program categories approved for reimbursement are as follows:
• Category A: Debris Removal.
• Category B: Emergency Protective Measures.
• Category C: Roads and Bridges. 
• Category D: Water Control Facilities.
• Category E: Buildings and Equipment.
• Category F: Utilities.
• Category G: Parks, Recreational Facilities and Other Items.
The FEMA Public Assistance program is a reimbursement grant program. Typically, the federal share is 75 percent. More information about this program can be found here.
 
FEMA previously approved direct Individual Assistance to residents who experienced losses as a result of Hurricane Matthew. To determine if they are eligible for federal disaster aid, residents in Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Jasper, Lee, Marion, Orangeburg, Sumter and Williamsburg counties should register with FEMA by visiting www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362. Once registered, FEMA will work with each resident to determine what aid, if any, might be available.
 
State and local agencies continue damage assessments in areas affected by Hurricane Matthew. The results of these preliminary damage assessments are then submitted to FEMA to determine a county’s eligibility for the Individual Assistance and the Public Assistance programs. To date, no counties have been denied any federal aid by FEMA as part of this process.

Public And Individual Assistance For Storm Damage, Response Costs Approved For Additional Counties

COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 17, 2016 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved fifteen additional counties for Individual Assistance, allowing survivors who sustained losses to apply for aid in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Counties approved for FEMA Individual Assistance include: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Jasper, Lee, Sumter and Williamsburg.

Assistance can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary homes, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help survivors recover from the effects of the disaster.

Marion and Orangeburg counties were previously designated for Individual Assistance.
Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362.

Disaster assistance applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing should call 800-462-7585 (TTY); those who use Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate 7 AM to 10 PM seven days a week until further notice.

Six counties were also approved for categories A and B of Public Assistance to help them recover from the storm: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Hampton, Lee and Sumter. This assistance from FEMA enables state agencies, local governments and certain private non-profits to recoup costs for storm response and debris removal.

The FEMA Public Assistance program categories are as follows:

• Category A: Debris Removal.
• Category B: Emergency Protective Measures.
• Category C: Roads and Bridges. 
• Category D: Water Control Facilities.
• Category E: Buildings and Equipment.
• Category F: Utilities.
• Category G: Parks, Recreational Facilities and Other Items.

The FEMA Public Assistance program is a reimbursement grant program. Typically, the federal share is 75 percent and the state or local governments pay the remaining 25 percent whereas eligible private non-profit groups are responsible for the full 25 percent. More information about this program can be found here.
 
Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Jasper, Marion, and Williamsburg counties were previously designated for Public Assistance.

International Mold Corporation Establishing First South Carolina Operation

Injection Molding Company Investing $6.2 Million In New Spartanburg County Facility

COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 18, 2016 - International Mold Corporation (IMC), a Michigan-based aluminum design and build company, is establishing a new manufacturing operation in Spartanburg County. The project is expected to bring $6.2 million in new investment and create 60 new jobs.
 
Established in 2006 and headquartered in Clinton Township, Mich., IMC offers a comprehensive variety of services, including aluminum injection, reaction injection molding (RIM) and blow mold design and build services, as well as engineering, in-house tryouts, in-house low-volume production runs, prototype and low-volume production assembly, 3-D laser scanning, reverse engineering scanning, logistics and more. With greater than 100 employees across seven facilities, IMC utilizes state-of-the-art technology to supply products to a variety of industries, including the automotive sector.
 
Located at 865 Victor Hill Road in Spartanburg, S.C., the company will be constructing a new 24,000-square-foot facility, with the ability for future expansion of up to 100,000 square feet. The facility is expected to be operational by the end of April 2017. Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2017, and those interested in joining the IMC team should apply in person or visit the company’s career page online.
 
For more information on International Mold Corporation, visit www.internationalmold.net.
 
QUOTES
 
“We are very excited to expand our operations to South Carolina. There is a lot of business potential within South Carolina’s automotive cluster, as well as other opportunities in neighboring states.” –International Mold Corporation Treasurer Michael Lilla
 
“The business-friendly environment we’ve worked hard to create in South Carolina is paying off for the people of our state, and this announcement by International Mold Corporation is further proof of that. This $6.2 million investment and the 60 new jobs it means for Spartanburg County are huge reasons to celebrate across South Carolina.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“South Carolina’s manufacturing sector continues to thrive, attracting world-class businesses like IMC. I congratulate them on their new investment and look forward to watching them succeed within our borders.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
“Spartanburg County enthusiastically welcomes the addition of International Mold Corporation to our vibrant manufacturing community. International Mold Corporation’s decision to locate their facility in Spartanburg County demonstrates our community’s ability to attract quality companies providing excellent job opportunities for the citizens of Spartanburg.” –David Britt, Chairman of Spartanburg County Council’s Economic Development Committee and Board Member of the Economic Futures Group
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
• International Mold Corporation (IMC) is establishing its first South Carolina operation in Spartanburg County.
• $6.2 million investment to create 60 new jobs.
• IMC is a Michigan-based injection molding company that supplies a variety of industries, including the automotive sector.
• Located at 865 Victor Hill Road in Spartanburg, S.C., IMC will be completing a new 24,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in the spring of 2017.
• Hiring for the new positions will begin in the second quarter of 2017, and interested applicants should visit the facility in person or apply online.

EuWe Eugen Wexler US Plastics, Inc. Expanding Operations In Anderson County

Automotive Supplier Investing Additional $5 Million In Upstate Plant

COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 18, 2016 - EuWe Eugen Wexler US Plastics, Inc., a subsidiary of the Germany-based EuWe Group, is expanding manufacturing operations in Anderson County. The automotive supplier has decided to invest an additional $5 million in its Upstate facility, which is located off of I-85 at Alliance Industrial Park in Anderson, S.C. This new project is expected to result in the creation of 29 new jobs over the next five years.
 
Established in 1968 as a supplier of only metal products, the EuWe Group has grown tremendously since its inception. In 1970, the company expanded its production offerings to include plastic parts. Then, in 1993, the EuWe Group established its first international operations with a facility in Mexico. Today, the firm employs more than 1,700 workers in three countries and exclusively supplies the automotive industry. It boasts a client list featuring 10 of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers.
 
In 2015, the company announced an $11 million investment to create its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Anderson County. This new $5 million project will complement the original investment, allowing EuWe to meet increased demand from its customers. The Anderson County operations focus solely on the production of automotive plastic interior parts.
 
Hiring for the facility is currently underway. Those interested in joining the EuWe Group team should visit the company’s jobs page online. For more information on the company, visit www.euwe.com.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $100,000 Set Aside grant to Anderson County to assist with the costs of real property improvements.
 
QUOTES
 
“EuWe still is in the preparation and ramp-up phase of its new facility in the United States, supporting our main customer, BMW. We were extremely excited having already been awarded additional business prior to our actual launch of our production. This enabled us to increase the size and set-up of our operations and to create even more new jobs right here in Anderson County. Being a company that is still managed by the founding family and always plans for the long run, we are confident to make this endeavor a success as well.” –EuWe Eugen Wexler US Plastics, Inc. CEO Markus Gosse
 
“It’s always exciting when a company decides to double down on its commitment to our state and to our people. We were thrilled last year when the EuWe Group announced that it would be locating its first U.S. facility here, and we’re even more excited today because this $5 million investment shows that companies of all kinds can find success and thrive in South Carolina.”  –Gov. Nikki Haley
 
“As the nation’s leader in the export of completed passenger vehicles, South Carolina continues to prove to the world that we are a force to be reckoned with on the global automotive stage. Announcements like the one today from the EuWe Group will help ensure that the Palmetto State remains an automotive powerhouse for many years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
“In 2015, Anderson County welcomed EuWe Eugen Wexler to our community. Today, EuWe announces an additional $5 million expansion to their project and the creation of 29 more jobs, strengthening their intent to make Anderson County their home for many years to come.” –Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn
 
“Council District 7 simultaneously welcomes EuWe Eugen Wexler to Anderson County and is delighted to know they are expanding before their official opening. This is a testament to a great company, our county and our people.” –Anderson County Council Member Cindy Wilson, District 7
 
FIVE FAST FACTS
 
• EuWe Eugen Wexler US Plastics, Inc. is expanding operations in Anderson County.
• $5 million investment creating 29 additional new jobs.
• EuWe Group was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Germany.
• The company’s Anderson County facility is located off of I-85 at Alliance Industrial Park in Anderson, S.C.
• Those interested in joining the EuWe Group team should visit the company’s jobs page online.
 
About the EuWe Group:

The EuWe Group produces high-tech plastic products for the automotive sector. For more than 40 years, the company has been dedicated to excellent quality, innovation and customer-oriented flexibility. Included among the EuWe Group’s products are center consoles, pillar trim, trunk panels, window frames, cladding, door sills, rear vents, engine compartment fairings and more. For more information, visit www.euwe.com.

Public And Individual Assistance For Storm Damage, Response Costs Approved For Additional Counties

COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 17, 2016 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved fifteen additional counties for Individual Assistance, allowing survivors who sustained losses to apply for aid in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Counties approved for FEMA Individual Assistance include: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Jasper, Lee, Sumter and Williamsburg.

Assistance can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary homes, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help survivors recover from the effects of the disaster.

Marion and Orangeburg counties were previously designated for Individual Assistance.

Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. Disaster assistance applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing should call 800-462-7585 (TTY); those who use Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate 7 AM to 10 PM seven days a week until further notice.

Six counties were also approved for categories A and B of Public Assistance to help them recover from the storm: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Hampton, Lee and Sumter. This assistance from FEMA enables state agencies, local governments and certain private non-profits to recoup costs for storm response and debris removal.
 
The FEMA Public Assistance program categories are as follows:

• Category A: Debris Removal.
• Category B: Emergency Protective Measures.
• Category C: Roads and Bridges. 
• Category D: Water Control Facilities.
• Category E: Buildings and Equipment.
• Category F: Utilities.
• Category G: Parks, Recreational Facilities and Other Items.

The FEMA Public Assistance program is a reimbursement grant program. Typically, the federal share is 75 percent and the state or local governments pay the remaining 25 percent whereas eligible private non-profit groups are responsible for the full 25 percent. More information about this program can be found here.
 
Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Jasper, Marion, and Williamsburg counties were previously designated for Public Assistance.

Gov. Nikki Haley, SCE&G Officials, And The Central Carolina Community Foundation Give Update On One SC Fund

SCE&G Announces $200,000 Donation, Gov. Haley Renews Call For South Carolinians To Donate

COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 17, 2016 - Governor Nikki Haley today celebrated the One SC Relief Fund's work during a visit to South Carolina Electric & Gas Company's (SCE&G) Delivery Operations Center.
 
As a part of today's celebration, SCE&G President of Retail Operations Keller Kissam announced a surprise $100,000 donation to One SC from SCE&G. Combined with the company's previous pledge of $100,000, SCE&G's total contribution to One SC is now $200,000.
 
"When you look at the donations of a company like SCE&G that’s thinking past just getting the power back on, but actually thinking about getting people back into safe homes, and when you look at what neighbors are doing to help each other, whether they know each other or not, this is one South Carolina, it has always been one South Carolina, and that’s why we call this the One SC Fund," said Gov. Nikki Haley.
 
SCANA Corporation CEO Kevin Marsh and Central Carolina Community Foundation CEO JoAnn Turnquist were also on hand for the governor's visit.
 
"It's hard to believe that just one year after the historic floods in South Carolina, the Palmetto state is now recovering from Hurricane Matthew," said Marsh, chief executive officer of SCANA Corporation, parent company of SCE&G. "We are grateful for everything the One SC Relief Fund has done to help our neighbors here in South Carolina recover from these natural disasters, and we're proud to announce our support for these relief efforts today. Although there's still lot of work to be done to get the lives and homes of many South Carolinians back to normal, we believe our state will be stronger in the long run."
 
Established to assist South Carolinians recovering from natural disasters, the One SC Fund’s first project was providing relief and recovery assistance to South Carolinians in the aftermath of last year’s thousand year flood. Thanks to generous donors, One SC has distributed nearly $2,000,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations supporting flood recovery projects across our state. Those grants have resulted in approximately 1,500 families returning home.
 
In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, Governor Haley, alongside the Central Carolina Community Foundation, announced a plan to expand fundraising efforts of the One SC Fund to help those impacted by the storm.
 
How to Give to One SC:
 
Online: Visit www.onescfund.org to make an online donation using your credit card.
 
Mail: Mail a check to:
 
Central Carolina Community Foundation
One SC Fund
2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 213
Columbia, SC 29204
 
Governor Nikki Haley, The Central Carolina Community Foundation and a team of South Carolinians from entertainment, business and public service established the One SC Fund in November 2015, as a way for neighbors to help neighbors after unprecedented, historic flooding touched South Carolinians from every walk of life.
 
Questions? Email info@yourfoundation.org or call 803.254.5601

Marion and Orangeburg Counties Eligible For FEMA Individual Assistance

COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 15, 2016 - Residents in Marion and Orangeburg counties who were impacted by Hurricane Matthew are now eligible for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Individual Assistance program.

Survivors who sustained losses in these two designated counties can apply for federal assistance by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362.
Assistance can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary homes, low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help survivors recover from the effects of the disaster.

Disaster assistance applicants who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate 7 AM to 10 PM seven days a week until further notice.

SCEMD and county emergency managers are still conducting preliminary damage assessments in other storm-impacted counties in order to gather the necessary documentation to apply for additional federal assistance to help families and communities recover from the storm. Meanwhile, rescue crews continue to search for survivors, and utility crews work to restore power, clear debris and open roadways.

Anyone with unmet needs such as food, clothing and shelter should call 2-1-1 to be connected with local relief supplies. Residents with damage from Hurricane Matthew can call 1-800-451-1954 to request volunteers from Helping Hands to with assist debris and mold cleanup. Visit scemd.org for the latest on South Carolina’s Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts.

President Declares Disaster For State Of South Carolina And 13 Counties

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - In response to Governor Nikki Haley’s request, President Barack Obama declared a major disaster exists in the State of South Carolina and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in 13 counties most severely affected by Hurricane Matthew.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance Program helps reimburse local governments, state agencies, eligible private non-profit organizations and electric co-operatives for certain expenses they have incurred. Federal disaster aid is not available for individual residents at this time.

On October 10, Governor Haley formally requested a disaster declaration from the White House for Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Jasper, Marion, and Williamsburg counties. Her request followed an assessment of damages by representatives of the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, affected electric co-operatives, and local and municipal governments.

As emergency managers assess the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew, FEMA could determine that additional counties are eligible to receive federal assistance.

Under the Public Assistance Program, state and affected local governments are eligible to apply for federal funding to pay 75 percent of the approved costs for debris removal and emergency services related to the storm. The division of the remaining 25 percent will be determined later. More information about this program can be found here.

The declaration also makes cost-shared funding available to the state for approved projects that reduce - or mitigate - future disaster risks. Funds under this program will be available to state agencies, local governments, and certain non-profit organizations only. A wide variety of potential projects are eligible.

The S.C. Emergency Management Division will explain procedures for requesting assistance at a series of applicant briefings at locations to be announced shortly in the affected areas.

Evacuation Orders Lifted For Horry And Georgetown Counties

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Monday, October 10, 2016 - In coordination with local officials, Governor Nikki Haley announced Monday that evacuation orders have been lifted for all residents in Horry and Georgetown counties as of 8:00 AM. Orders for Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley, Colleton, Beaufort and Jasper counties were lifted Sunday, and there are no effective evacuation orders remaining.

Returning residents are encouraged to exercise patience and expect lengthy travel times, blocked roadways and detours back to evacuated areas and are asked not to drive around barricades or use emergency lanes that are needed for first responders. Most of the previously evacuated zones will have unrestricted access; however, certain areas may still be closed due to safety precautions as determined by local officials.

Even though weather conditions have improved, motorists should prepare for fallen trees, downed power lines and standing water in and around roadways. Citizens also should anticipate power outages at their homes or businesses, which may last for several days or weeks. 

To see a list of road closures, visit http://www.scdot.org. General information can be found at http://www.scemd.org

Although Hurricane Matthew has moved away from South Carolina’s coast, hazardous conditions still exist in many parts of coastal and inland counties:

Avoid flood waters or standing water. Do not use area streams, rivers or the ocean for drinking, bathing or swimming due to the possibility of bacteria, waste water, or other contaminants. Avoid wading through standing water due to the possibility of sharp objects, power lines, or other hazardous debris that may be under the surface.

Do not use generators indoors. Running generators in homes, garages, or other closed areas can lead to increased levels of carbon monoxide, which can be fatal and may cause death.

Be sure tap water is safe to consume. Watch for boil water advisories on your local news or call your water utility.  Use only bottled or stored water until it is determined that the water is safe to drink. If water is not safe to drink, boil water vigorously for at least one minute and then cool before use.

The S.C. Emergency Management Division’s website, http://scemd.org, lists emergency shelter status statewide and is updated in real-time by the S.C. Department of Social Services. Coastal evacuees without internet access are urged to call the PIPS line at 1-866-246-0133 with questions and needed assistance. 

For more information visit http://www.scemd.org or follow @SCEMD on Twitter and Facebook.

Evacuation Orders Lifted For Beaufort And Jasper Counties

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Sunday, October 9, 2016 - In coordination with local officials, Governor Nikki Haley on Sunday announced that evacuation orders have been lifted for all residents in Beaufort and Jasper counties as of 6:30 PM. At the request of local officials, evacuation orders for zones in Georgetown and Horry counties remain in effect as local law enforcement and officials continue to assess areas for potential dangers. Evacuation orders for Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley and Colleton counities have previously been lifted and were effective as of 10:00 AM.

Returning residents are encouraged to exercise patience and expect lengthy travel times, blocked roadways and detours back to evacuated areas and are asked not to drive around barricades or use emergency lanes that are needed for first responders.

Even though weather conditions have improved, motorists should prepare for fallen trees, downed power lines and standing water in and around roadways. Citizens also should anticipate power outages at their homes or businesses, which may last for several days or weeks.

To see a list of road closures, visit http://www.scdot.org. To check the status of conditions on I-26, visit http://www.511sc.org. General information can be found at http://www.scemd.org.

Although Hurricane Matthew has moved away from South Carolina’s coast, hazardous conditions still exist in many parts of coastal and inland counties:

Avoid flood waters or standing water. Do not use area streams, rivers or the ocean for drinking, bathing or swimming due to the possibility of bacteria, waste water, or other contaminants. Avoid wading through standing water due to the possibility of sharp objects, power lines, or other hazardous debris that may be under the surface.

  • Do not use generators indoors. Running generators in homes, garages, or other closed areas can lead to increased levels of carbon monoxide, which can be fatal and may cause death.
  • Be sure tap water is safe to consume. Watch for boil water advisories on your local news or call your water utility. Use only bottled or stored water until it is determined that the water is safe to drink. If water is not safe to drink, boil water vigorously for at least one minute and then cool before use.

The S.C. Emergency Management Division’s website, http://scemd.org, lists emergency shelter status statewide and is updated in real-time by the S.C. Department of Social Services. Coastal evacuees without internet access are urged to call the PIPS line at 1-866-246-0133 with questions and needed assistance.

For more information visit http://www.scemd.org or follow @SCEMD on Twitter and Facebook.

Gov. Nikki Haley Expands One SC Fundraising Efforts In The Wake Of Hurricane Matthew

Disaster Recovery Fund Will Assist South Carolinians Impacted By Storm

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Sunday, October 9, 2016 -  Governor Nikki Haley, alongside the Central Carolina Community Foundation, announced a plan to increase fundraising efforts of the One SC Fund to help those impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

Established to assist South Carolinians recovering from natural disasters, the One SC Fund’s first project was providing relief and recovery assistance to South Carolinians in the aftermath of last year’s thousand year flood. Thanks to generous donors, to date, One SC has distributed $2,000,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations supporting flood recovery projects across our state and has helped over 1,500 of our families return home.

"South Carolinians from all walks of life have been so generous through the challenges of the last few years.  We are now faced with a new challenge, and in the spirit of our state, of neighbors helping neighbors, we have expanded the mission of the OneSC Fund to help deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.  Thank you, to anyone and everyone, in advance, for your gracious support - trust that every dollar we raise will go directly to helping a fellow South Carolinian in need," said Governor Nikki Haley 

All donations go directly to nonprofit organizations helping our state recover and rebuild.

How to Give to One SC:

Online: Visit www.onescfund.org to make an online donation using your credit card.

Mail: Mail a check to:

Central Carolina Community Foundation

One SC Fund

2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 213

Columbia, SC 29204

Governor Nikki Haley, The Central Carolina Community Foundation and a team of South Carolinians from entertainment, business and public service established the One SC Fund in November 2015, as a way for neighbors to help neighbors after unprecedented, historic flooding touched South Carolinians from every walk of life.

Questions? Email info@yourfoundation.org or call 803.254.5601

Evacuation Orders Lifted For Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley And Colleton Counties

COLUMBIA, S.C. –Sunday, October 9, 2016 -In coordination with local officials, Governor Nikki Haley on Sunday announced that evacuation orders have been lifted for all residents in Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley and Colleton counties as of 10:00 AM. At the request of local officials, evacuation orders for zones in Beaufort, Georgetown, Horry and Jasper counties remain in effect as local law enforcement and officials continue to assess areas for potential dangers.

Returning residents are encouraged to exercise patience and expect lengthy travel times, blocked roadways and detours back to evacuated areas and are asked not to drive around barricades or use emergency lanes that are needed for first responders.

Even though weather conditions have improved, motorists should prepare for fallen trees, downed power lines and standing water in and around roadways. Citizens also should anticipate power outages at their homes or businesses, which may last for several days or weeks.

To see a list of road closures, visit http://www.scdot.org. To check the status of conditions on I-26, visithttp://www.511sc.org. General information can be found athttp://www.scemd.org.

Although Hurricane Matthew has moved away from South Carolina’s coast, hazardous conditions still exist in many parts of coastal and inland counties:

Avoid flood waters or standing water. Do not use area streams, rivers or the ocean for drinking, bathing or swimming due to the possibility of bacteria, waste water, or other contaminants. Avoid wading through standing water due to the possibility of sharp objects, power lines, or other hazardous debris that may be under the surface.

  • Do not use generators indoors. Running generators in homes, garages, or other closed areas can lead to increased levels of carbon monoxide, which can be fatal and may cause death.
  • Be sure tap water is safe to consume. Watch for boil water advisories on your local news or call your water utility. Use only bottled or stored water until it is determined that the water is safe to drink. If water is not safe to drink, boil water vigorously for at least one minute and then cool before use.

The S.C. Emergency Management Division’s website, http://scemd.org, lists emergency shelter status statewide and is updated in real-time by the S.C. Department of Social Services. Coastal evacuees without internet access are urged to call the PIPS line at 1-866-246-0133 with questions and needed assistance.

For more information visit http://www.scemd.org or follow @SCEMD on Twitter and Facebook.

Gov. Nikki Haley Announces Evacuation Of Additional Areas In Jasper and Colleton Counties

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Thursday, October 6, 2016 - As Hurricane Matthew continues to threaten the southeastern United States, Governor Nikki Haley today ordered an evacuation of additional coastal areas in Jasper and Colleton, South Carolina.

Residents and visitors in Zone B of Jasper and Colleton Counties should begin evacuating effective immediately TODAY, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6. This evacuation is in addition to the previous evacuation for the areas of Jasper and Colleton Counties in Zone A, which went into effect yesterday, October 5.

To verify whether you are located in an evacuation zone, please visit www.scemd.org and click, “Know your Zone,” to enter your home address. Evacuation details, by region, are listed below and detailed via an interactive map at that South Carolina Emergency Management Division’s website.

Maps of coastal evacuation routes, including interactive and downloadable maps, are available at the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s (SCDOT) website.

The scope of the evacuation may be expanded to include other areas as recommended by local officials. South Carolina residents, especially those who live in low-lying areas along the entire coast, should monitor the status of Hurricane Matthew through local news media.

Evacuees should pack the following essential items in case the evacuation period is lengthy: required medications, adequate clothing and essential personal items. Individuals and families should make plans to stay in hotels, with family, friends or other trusted loved ones living outside evacuation areas.

Emergency shelters have been opened throughout the state for people with nowhere else to stay. The majority of shelters do not allow pets, owners should have a plan to board pets with veterinarians, kennels, or other facilities in non-vulnerable areas. A list of open shelters, including the two pet friendly shelters, is available as part S.C. Emergency Management Division’s Hurricane Matthew online information at: www.scemd.org.

People who live in the following coastal areas should evacuate immediately:

Southern South Carolina Coast

Colleton County Zone A

All areas east of I-95 from the southern county line to Walterboro and all areas south of Alt. US17 from Walterboro to the northern county line plus all mobile homes and other floodplain areas in the County.

Jasper County Zone A

All areas east of I-95 and all areas south of Sand Hills Road (Hwy 119) and Tillman Road (Hwy 336), plus all mobile homes and other floodplain areas in the county.

Today’s announcement expands the areas along the South Carolina coast under the Governor’s evacuation order.

South Carolina’s emergency helpline is now active around the clock. Anyone with questions Hurricane Matthew should call the Public Information Phone System at 1-866-246-0133.

For all of the latest information about Hurricane Matthew, visit scemd.org.

Gov. Nikki Haley Announces Evacuation Of Horry And Georgetown Areas

COLUMBIA, S.C. - As Hurricane Matthew continues to threaten the southeastern United States, Governor Nikki Haley today ordered an evacuation of coastal areas in and around Horry and Georgetown, South Carolina.

Residents and visitors in certain parts of Horry and Georgetown Counties should begin evacuating no later than 12:00 PM TODAY, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6.

To verify whether you are located in an evacuation zone, please visit www.scemd.org and click, "Know your Zone,"" to enter your home address. Evacuation details, by region, are listed below and detailed via an interactive map at that South Carolina Emergency Management Division’s website.

Maps of coastal evacuation routes, including interactive and downloadable maps, are available at the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s (SCDOT) website.

The scope of the evacuation may be expanded to include other areas as recommended by local officials. South Carolina residents, especially those who live in low-lying areas along the entire coast, should monitor the status of Hurricane Matthew through local news media.

Evacuees should pack the following essential items in case the evacuation period is lengthy: required medications, adequate clothing and essential personal items. Individuals and families should make plans to stay in hotels, with family, friends or other trusted loved ones living outside evacuation areas.

Emergency shelters have been opened throughout the state for people with nowhere else to stay. The majority of shelters do not allow pets, owners should have a plan to board pets with veterinarians, kennels, or other facilities in non-vulnerable areas. A list of open shelters, including the two pet friendly shelters, is available as part S.C. Emergency Management Division’s Hurricane Matthew online information at: www.scemd.org.

People who live in the following coastal areas should evacuate immediately:

Northern South Carolina Coast

Georgetown County Zone A

Areas East of Highway 17 to the Atlantic Ocean from the South Santee River and North to the Horry County line, including Sandy Island; areas East of Dawhoo Lake and South of Walker Road and Powell Road to the South Santee River; all low-lying areas along the Waccamaw River, Great Pee Dee River, Black River, and Sampit River South of Highway 521 (17A), including Maryville; and all mobile home residents in the County.

Horry County Zone A

All areas east of U.S. Business 17 (Kings Highway), up to intersection with U.S. 17 (Kings Highway) and then all areas east of US 17 (Kings Highway) to the northern county line. Today’s announcement expands the areas along the South Carolina coast under the Governor’s evacuation order. South Carolina’s emergency helpline is now active around the clock. Anyone with questions Hurricane Matthew should call the Public Information Phone System at 1-866-246-0133. For all of the latest information about Hurricane Matthew, visit www.scemd.org.

Gov. Nikki Haley Announces Evacuation Of Charleston and Beaufort Areas

Traffic Lanes of I-26 Will Be Reversed

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - As Hurricane Matthew threatens the southeastern United States, Governor Nikki Haley today ordered an evacuation of coastal areas in and around Charleston and Beaufort, South Carolina.

Residents and visitors in Charleston and Beaufort Counties should begin evacuating no later than 3:00 PM TODAY, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5. Residents and visitors in certain parts of bordering coastal counties – Berkeley, Colleton, Dorchester and Jasper Counties – should begin evacuating no later than 3:00 PM TODAY, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5.

To verify whether you are located in an evacuation zone, please visit www.scemd.org and click, “Know your Zone,” to enter your home address. Evacuation details, by region, are listed below and detailed via an interactive map at that South Carolina Emergency Management Division’s website.

Maps of coastal evacuation routes, including interactive and downloadable maps, and information about highways where lane reversals will be used as a part of the evacuation are available at the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s (SCDOT) website.

Beginning around noon today, South Carolina Department of Public Safety, SCDOT and supporting agencies will begin closing eastbound lanes of I-26, starting in Columbia at I-77 heading towards Charleston. At approximately 3:00 PM, all lanes on I-26 will be moving westbound from I-526 in Charleston toward I-77 in Columbia. Travel will only be possible in one direction while the evacuation is in progress. Complete lane reversal information is available here.

The scope of the evacuation may be expanded to include other areas tomorrow, including parts of Horry and Georgetown. South Carolina residents, especially those who live in low-lying areas along the entire coast, should monitor the status of Hurricane Matthew through local news media.

Evacuees should pack the following essential items in case the evacuation period is lengthy: required medications, adequate clothing and essential personal items. Emergency shelter locations will be announced as soon as they are open.

Individuals and families should plan to board pets with veterinarians, kennels, or other facilities in non-vulnerable areas. Pets are not allowed in Red Cross shelters.
People who live in the following coastal areas should evacuate immediately:

Central South Carolina Coast

Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley County Evacuation Zones A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and I

Zone A: West of the Ashley River - Unincorporated areas of Charleston County from the Ashley River to the Colleton County line; Atlantic Ocean to the Dorchester County Line. This includes the Town of Hollywood, Town of Meggett, Town of Ravenel, Town of Folly Beach, Town of Rockville, Town of Kiawah Island, the Town of Seabrook Island, James Island, Johns Island, Wadmalaw, and unincorporated Charleston County.

Zone B: Central Charleston - From the tip of the Peninsula to Ladson Road; from the Ashley River to the Wando River. This includes City of Charleston, City of North Charleston, the Town of Lincolnville, Daniel Island, Thomas Island, and unincorporated Charleston County.

Zone C: East of the Wando River - Unincorporated areas of Charleston County from the Atlantic Ocean to the Berkeley County line; Wando River to the Georgetown County line. This includes the Town of Mt. Pleasant, Town of Isle of Palms, Town of Sullivan's Island, Town of Awendaw, the Town of McClellanville, Dewees Island, Capers Island, and Goat Island.

Zone D: Sand Hills Area - West of Dorchester Road and the Ashley River, 17A to the Colleton County line and all areas bordering Charleston County.

Zone E: Miles Jamison/Oakbrook Area - Miles Jamison Road, between Ladson Road, to Bacons Bridge Road: including the Lakes of Summerville, Newington Plantation, Crestwood Subdivision south to Orangeburg Road, and South Main Mobile Home Park.

Zone F: The Swamp - Any other low-lying areas including the Cypress Swamp area, the Edisto River area and the Twin Lakes Subdivision.

Zone G:

  • Hanahan
    1. North of Woods Ave from end of road at east edge of rail yard to its intersection with Remount Rd.
    2. North of Remount Rd from its intersection with Woods Ave to its intersection with the railroad tracks just west of Dutton Ave.
    3. East of the railroad tracks from their intersection with Remount Rd to crossing over the Goose Creek (just south of Middle Earth Nursery and Infinger Furniture).
  • Goose Creek/Ladson/Summerville
    1. Including all homes and businesses northeast of the intersection of Hwy 52 and Camelot Dr, continuing along Ryan Dr and Holly Ave across to Westview Blvd (includes buildings on both sides of Camelot Dr, Ryan Dr and Holly Ave).
    2. Crowfield Plantation from Westview Blvd near Holly Ave across I-26 along Ancrum Rd to its intersection with Hwy 78.
    3. Northeast of Hwy 78 from its intersection with Ancrum Rd (Ladson Rd) to its intersection with Hwy 17A (Main St) in Summerville.
    4. Southeast of Hwy 17A (Main St/S Live Oak Dr) from its intersection with Hwy 78 to its intersection with Cypress Gardens Rd.
  • Whitesville/Pimlico/Cordesville
    1. South of Cypress Gardens Rd from its intersection with Hwy 17A (S Live Oak Dr) to its intersection with Pimlico Blvd.
    2. South of Pimlico Blvd from its intersection with Cypress Gardens Rd through to its end.
    3. The area east of Wappaoolah Plantation and west of the Cooper River, north of Pimlico Blvd and south of Mepkin Abbey.
    4. Southeast of the railroad tracks from the Cooper River by Pimlico to its intersection with Hwy 402.
  • Huger/Cainhoy/Wando
    1. South of Hwy 402 from its intersection with the railroad tracks near Cordesville to its intersection with Hwy 41 (Hwy 402 becomes Steed Creek Rd).
    2. Southwest of Steed Creek Rd from its intersection with Hwy 41 to its intersection with Halfway Creek Rd. West of Halfway Creek Rd from its intersection with Steed Creek Rd to its intersection with Guerins Bridge Rd.
    3. West of Guerins Bridge Rd from its intersection with Halfway Creek Rd to its intersection with Wando River (just after Drew Ln).
    4. Northwest of the Wando River from its intersection with Guerins Bridge Rd to its intersection with Nowell Creek with the addition of Patterson’s Academy.
    5. North/northeast of Nowell Creek from its intersection with the Wando River to its intersection with Rebellion Farms Pl.
    6. Northeast of Rebellion Farms Pl from its intersection with Nowell Creek to its intersection of Clements Ferry Rd.
    7. Northeast of Yellow House Pl from its intersection with Clements Ferry Rd to the Cooper River (across from the Goose Creek).

Zone I:

  • Shulerville, Honey Hill, Jamestown, Alvin, St Stephen
    1. East of Halfway Creek Rd from its intersection with Forest Rd 200 (on the Berkeley/ Charleston county line) to its intersection with Slash Rd.
    2. East of Slash Rd from its intersection with Halfway Creek Rd to its intersection with Yellow Jacket Rd.
    3. North of Yellow Jacket Rd from its intersection with Slash Rd to its intersection with Horse Island Rd.
    4. East of Horse Island Rd from its intersection with Yellow Jacket Rd to its intersection with Tiger Corner Rd.
    5. Northeast of Tiger Corner Rd from its intersection with Horse Island Rd to its intersection with Hwy 17A.
    6. North of Hwy 17A from its intersection with Tiger Corner Rd to its intersection with Greenwood Dr.
    7. East of Greenwood Dr (becomes Peaceful Woods Rd) from its intersection with Hwy 17A to its intersection with Schurlknight Rd.
    8. Southeast of Schurlknight Rd from its intersection with Peaceful Woods Rd to its intersection with Hwy 45.
    9. Northeast of Hwy 45 from its intersection with Schurlknight Rd to its intersection with Belle Isle Rd.
    10. East of Belle Isle Rd from its intersection with Hwy 45 to the Santee River.
      11.Southwest of the Santee River from Belle Isle Rd to its intersection with the Berkeley/ Charleston county line.
    11. Northwest of the Berkeley-Charleston county line from its intersection with the Santee River to its intersection with Halfway Creek Rd.

Southern Coast Evacuation Zones

Colleton County Evacuation Zone A: All areas south of the CSX Railroad, and all mobile homes and other floodplain areas in the County.

Beaufort County Evacuation Zone A: All residents and tourists in Beaufort County are to evacuate.

Jasper County Evacuation Zone A: All areas east of I-95 and all mobile homes and other floodplain areas in the county.

For all of the latest information about Hurricane Matthew, visit South Carolina Emergency Management Division.

Gov. Nikki Haley Urges Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Matthew

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Governor Nikki Haley today issued an executive order declaring a State of Emergency and asked residents to prepare for a potential evacuation of the South Carolina coast in advance of any impact from Hurricane Matthew.

As state officials continue to monitor weather conditions, the governor will update residents about preparations for Hurricane Matthew, including the need for an evacuation of coastal areas, during a news conference tomorrow, Wednesday, October 5, at 9:00 AM.

Schools and county and state government offices in the following counties will be closed starting Wednesday, October 5, 2016: Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Berkeley, Beaufort, Calhoun, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Lexington, Marlboro, Marion, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter, and Williamsburg counties.

Residents in the following evacuation zones should make preparations for a potential evacuation beginning at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, October 5, 2016:

  • Beaufort: Zone A, Entire county
  • Jasper: A and B
  • Colleton: A Only
  • Charleston: A,B,C
  • Dorchester: B,D,E, and F
  • Berkeley: A,B,C,G, and I
  • Horry: A only
  • Georgetown: A only

Know Your Zone: Your zone is how you will know to evacuate and which evacuation route to use. This information is detailed in the 2016 S.C. Hurricane Guide and available via in interactive map at scemd.org/knowyourzone.

Prepare to evacuate: Residents preparing to evacuate tomorrow should become familiar with evacuation routes, which are marked with special signs. Consider where you will stay once you evacuate. Options include: a hotel, motel, or friend’s home that is outside the vulnerable area or an American Red Cross shelter. Hotels and motels fill up quickly and out-of-county evacuations take time. Emergency shelters will be announced as soon as they are open.

Fuel cars, keep supplies in vehicles, secure important documents: If the storm approaches South Carolina, individuals and families should fill up their cars with gas. Road maps, nonperishable snack foods, a first-aid kit that includes a supply of your family’s prescription medications, and convenience items such as diapers should be available in the car. Secure important documents in waterproof packaging.

Consider the safety of pets: Pets are not allowed in Red Cross shelters. Individuals and families should plan to board pets with veterinarians, kennels, or other facilities in non-vulnerable areas. Identification and rabies tags should be attached to the pets' collars.

If the National Hurricane Center issues a hurricane watch, a hurricane will be possible within 48 hours, and residents who live in vulnerable areas should stay tuned. If a hurricane warning is issued, a hurricane is expected within 36 hours. If you live in a highly vulnerable area and are advised to evacuate, you should be prepared to leave immediately. The state urges individuals and families to do the following:

Everyone in South Carolina is urged to continue to monitor the developing forecasts from the National Hurricane Center through local news media and trusted sources online. Pay attention to emergency warnings from local and state public safety officials and take safety actions if instructed to do so.

South Carolina’s Emergency Response Team is operating 24-hours a day from the state’s emergency operations center preparing for hazardous conditions associated with Hurricane Matthew. For more information visit scemd.org or follow @SCEMD on Twitter and Facebook