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Community Preparedness

With over ten percent of the state’s population residing in Greenville County (that number increases each day with commuters and tourists) there is an urgent need for people to be aware and know what to do to prepare themselves and their families for emergencies.

Your first line of defense to protect you and your family is to heed all warnings and be prepared. Having a plan for you and your family before an emergency can make all the difference. Trying to deal with an emergency event after the fact is a difficult proposition.

The Office of Emergency Management is committed to helping the community be better prepared for emergencies. According to the 2005 SC Hazard Assessment, Greenville County ranks first among counties in vulnerability to flooding, winter storms, drought, transportation incidents, and terrorism. Additionally, Greenville County is ranked second for hazardous materials incidents and fourth for tornadoes.

The following link will provide helpful information regarding these and other types of emergencies:  http://www.scemd.org/Prepare

Individual & Family Preparedness

Disaster Supply Kit
Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. Every family should have a Disaster Supply Kit to help during this time. In a disaster such as a hurricane or earthquake you might be without electricity and the water supply may be polluted. During a flood or winter storm you may not be able to leave your house for a few days and you will need to rely on yourself. Store items in sturdy, easy-to-carry containers such as back-packs, duffle bags, or covered trash containers. Remember, your family will probably never need to use your kit, but it's always better to be prepared.

People with special needs are an important consideration when making plans. This includes those with health or mobility issues and those with cognizant or recognition issues.  For help with dealing with those situations, this link will provide helpful information: http://www.ready.gov/considerations

Some important items to store in your kit include:

  • Water
  • Food
  • First Aid
  • Tools and Supplies
  • Clothing and Bedding

Get specific information on each item of your kit.

For additional information on preparedness: http://www.ready.gov/