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Gov. Henry McMaster Requests Federal Disaster Declaration

September 1, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster has submitted to President Donald Trump a request for a federal emergency declaration in anticipation of the possible impact from Hurricane Dorian.

A copy of the governor’s letter requesting the declaration can be found on the governor's website (PDF).

The governor is requesting the availability of federal resources, should Team South Carolina need them, to assist with hurricane preparation efforts.

Dorian is currently a major, Category 5 hurricane with sustained wind strengths up to 185 mph. South Carolina is currently in the storm’s predicted path, but its exact course remains uncertain. Residents should, at this time, make the necessary preparations to their homes and review their personal safety plans.

Resources to help with preparedness can be found at the South Carolina Emergency Management website: