SC emergency operations center activated

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WTOC) -  The South Carolina Emergency Management Division and members of the State Emergency Response Team have activated the South Carolina Emergency Operations Center at Operation Condition 3 as a result of winter weather that is expected to effect the state on Monday.

OpCon 3 is the state's preparedness level when a disaster or emergency situation is likely. The South Carolina Emergency Operations Plan and the appropriate specific impact hazard emergency plan is activated, according to the agency.

The agency is urging drivers to take proper safety measures to handle frozen precipitation, hazardous road conditions and extremely low temperatures.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation crews are salting roads throughout the state.  Drivers are being asked not to driver unless absolutely necessary.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is sending additional personnel to staging areas.  There have been reports of accidents and disabled drivers,.

S.C. National Guard soldiers are standing by to assist first responders and state agencies should additional support be needed. The National Guard Armory in Allendale County has been opened as a warming shelter.

S.C. Department of Social Services staff, American Red Cross and Salvation Army volunteers are standing by to operate shelters.

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