Gov. Nikki Haley declared a state of emergency to mobilize additional state resources, should they be needed in response to hazardous weather.
The Governor’s State of Emergency Executive Order activates the Emergency Operations Plan for all state agencies to work together, should county emergency managers request assistance or resources.
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division and members of the State Emergency Response Team activated the South Carolina Emergency Operations Center at Operation Condition 3. OpCon 3 is the state’s prepared level when a disaster or emergency situation is likely. The South Carolina and the appropriate specific impact hazard emergency plan is activated.
Haley ordered all state government offices to follow county government closing decisions. SCEMD is urging everyone to take proper safety measures to handle frozen precipitation, hazardous road conditions and extremely cold temperatures.
Currently:
— The state EOC will be operating 24 hours a day for the duration of this winter weather event. SCEMD is synchronizing key state agency actions and supporting local response efforts by the counties.
— The S.C. Department of Transportation put crews out to salt roads throughout the state. Conditions on many roadways are expected to be extremely hazardous. You are urged not to drive unless absolutely necessary.
— The S.C. Highway Patrol is sending additional personnel to staging areas, including resources from the State Law Enforcement Division and the Department of Natural Resources. Although traffic is light at this point, there have been reports of accidents and disabled motorists.
— S.C. Department of Social Services staff, American Red Cross and Salvation Army volunteers are standing by to operate shelters should they become necessary.
— 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.