Nikki Haley has declared a state of emergency ahead of winter weather that is
expected to affect the Palmetto State starting Tuesday afternoon.
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. The SEOC will stay activated during the storm.
OpCon 3 level means that a disaster or emergency situation is likely and the
state's emergency operations plan and the appropriate specific impact hazard
emergency plan is activated.
Haley has ordered all state government offices to follow county government closing decisions, which means if a county administration decides to close for the day, state offices in that county will automatically follow the same schedule.
SCEMD is urges residents to take proper safety measures to handle frozen
precipitation, hazardous road conditions and extremely cold temperatures.
The South Carolina Department of
Transportation crews are salting roads around the state. Officials are
urging people to avoid driving unless it is absolutely necessary.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol is
sending additional personnel to staging areas, including resources from the
State Law Enforcement Division and the Department of Natural Resources.
S.C. National Guard soldiers are standing by to assist first responders and state agencies.
S.C. Department of Social Services staff,
American Red Cross and Salvation Army volunteers are standing by to open and
run shelters if needed.
State Office of Regulatory Staff is
working with the power utilities to track potential power outages and
restoration time estimates should the storm cause power outages.
The State Fire Marshal's Office and S.C.
Forestry Commission are standing by to provide personnel and vehicle support as
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