Federal Emergency Declared in South Carolina

The S.C. Emergency Management Division and partner state agencies have increased the state’s operating condition to level one. OPCON 1 is the highest of the five operational classifications and indicates that a disaster or emergency situation is in effect and full emergency operations are ongoing.

The State Emergency Operations Center is fully activated and operating on a 24-hour schedule.

President Obama has declared a federal emergency in South Carolina, which activates federal resources to support the state and local efforts to protect the public during the storm and recovery. The direct federal assistance will be available to public safety agencies in all 46 counties and the Catawba Nation.

The state’s Public Information Phone System (PIPS) is operating around the clock to answer citizens’ questions about flooding and other emergency information. The number is toll-free at 1-866-246-0133.

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