Tag Archives: #SCFlood

Hurricane Season is Coming: Get Prepared During Hurricane Preparedness Week

Hurricane season officially begins on June 1st, but it is best to start early and get prepared!  Established by the National Weather Service, Hurricane Preparedness Week educates about the impact of hurricanes and informs people about ways to protect their homes and businesses.

Hurricanes are inevitable in South Carolina.  Follow these tips to prepare:

  • Have an Emergency Kit: Your emergency kit should have equipment, such as flashlights, generators, batteries, and first aid, etc.
  • Write or Review your Family Emergency Plan: Discuss means of contact, where you will go, and what you will do in an emergency.  Prepare for health concerns for those with chronic illnesses.
  • Review insurance policies: Understand your insurance coverage for your health, home and personal property.
  • Get familiar with the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast language: Understand the meaning of NWS watches, warnings, advisories, and outlooks.

The CDC’s guide , Preparedness and Safety Messaging for Hurricanes, Flooding, and Similar Disasters, is a tool that discusses every potential issue when preparing for a water-related natural disaster.  For more information about what to do before a tropical storm or hurricane, visit:  https://www.weather.gov/safety/hurricane-plan

For local emergency preparedness updates, visit the South Carolina Emergency Management Division‘s website.

Sproles Recognized for Flood Recovery Efforts

Rebecca Sproles (center) served in the state’s Disaster Recovery Office from October 2015 until July 31, 2016. She is pictured here with Gov. Nikki Haley and State Disaster Recovery Coordinator Kevin Shwedo. 

A sense of hope from communities and her fellow South Carolinians. That’s what Rebecca Sproles will take away from her almost a year of working to help the state recover from the October 2015 floods.

“We had many volunteer agencies come into our state shortly after the flood water receded and immediately took action,” she said.  “These volunteers worked tirelessly, and still are, to help the citizens of South Carolina get back in their homes.  It has been rewarding to see whole communities coming together to help each other.”

A 15-year DHEC veteran who works in the Environmental Affairs Office of Applied Science and Community Engagement, Rebecca spent the past nine months serving full-time in the state Disaster Recovery Office. She was a liaison between DHEC, the Disaster Recovery Office and Long Term Recovery Committees.

Her duties included communicating DHEC’s mission regarding mold, mosquitoes and dams. She also answered questions about drinking water, wells and drainage issues and attended public meetings.

“Rebecca has done an amazing job carrying the DHEC banner in the disaster recovery effort,” said Environmental Affairs Director Myra Reece.  “I appreciate her willingness to take on this incredibly important task and representing the agency so well. We are happy to have her back with us in Environmental Affairs and look forward utilizing the knowledge and skills she obtained in this effort.”

Thank you, Rebecca, for your dedication to helping the Palmetto State in its time of need and for truly exemplifying DHEC’s core values of embracing service and pursuing excellence!

Avoiding Mosquitoes After a Flood

By Jim Beasley

Recent rains and flooding left many areas of South Carolina saturated with standing water, which has the potential to become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes are cold-blooded and do not thrive in cooler temperatures, so cold snaps in the weather can help reduce the likelihood of excessive mosquito breeding.  But don’t just count on the weather. You can do your part to reduce mosquito populations and reduce your family’s exposure to these pesky, and potentially harmful, insects.

Do your part – reduce mosquito breeding habitats.

It only takes as few as five days for water in containers as small as a bottle cap to become active breeding sites for mosquitoes.

  • Routinely empty any containers on your property that are holding water:
    • Pool covers
    • Flower pots
    • Boat coverscleaning-gutters
    • Tires
    • Pet bowls
    • Toys
    • Tarps
    • Etc.
  • Remove debris from gutters.
  • Trim back thick shrubbery and overgrown grass on your property.
  • Fix leaky outdoor faucets.

Protect you and your family from mosquitoes and possible exposure to mosquito-borne illnesses.

  • applying-bug-sprayRepair damaged or broken doors and screens.
  • Wear light-colored clothes with long sleeves and long pants.
  • Close garage doors at night.

If you choose to wear insect repellent, the EPA has a web-based tool to help you find the proper insect repellent for your time spent outdoors.
Visit www2.epa.gov/insect-repellents/find-insect-repellent-right-you.

If you have mosquito problems in your area, please visit DHEC’s mosquito information page and click on “Local Mosquito Control” for a list of local mosquito control agency contacts.

Download our helpful information sheet on protecting your home against mosquitoes.  English Spanish

Download our helpful information sheet on protecting your home against mosquitoes.