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Emergency Information


Charleston County Hurricane Preparedness Guide

  • The Charleston County Hurricane Preparedness Guide (in English and Spanish)
  • The Disabilities and Special Needs Emergency Preparedness Guide

Latest forecast and tropical storm information


Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)



Hurricane Season is June 1 to November 30


But disasters are not limited to hurricanes or a specific time of year. They can occur anytime, anywhere. Emergency services may not be immediately available if they are also impacted.


What will YOU do until help arrives? 


The Charleston County Emergency Management Department would like everyone to learn how to prepare their families, homes and businesses for all types of emergencies including natural and man-made disasters.

Four simple steps can help YOU get ready:

  1. Get a kit of emergency supplies.

  2. Make a plan of what you will do.

  3. Be informed about what might happen.

  4. Get involved in preparing your community.

Everyone should have an emergency plan and be prepared to take care of themselves for at least the first 72 hours after a disaster. Remember, no two disasters are the same, the most effective way to protect you and your family is to be prepared.


Please print and share this checklist to help you and your neighbors prepare!


Ready Lowcountry is a partnership with the National Ready Campaign to provide local information, free resources and education, which you can utilize throughout the year to help prepare for all types of hazards.


Click on the buttons below to find out how you can prepare yourself and your family for an emergency.


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In a major disaster, it might be several days before vital services are restored.

Charleston County is exposed to a wide variety of hazards, both natural and man-made. Earthquakes, severe storms, power outages, and acts of terrorism are just some of the potential emergencies we may encounter.

Imagine that you have no electricity, no gas, no water and no telephone service. Imagine that all the businesses are closed and you are without any kind of emergency services. What will you do until help arrives?

Click on the buttons to the left to find out how you can prepare yourself and your family for an emergency.


Storm / Flooding

Extreme Heat


Ozone Info

Winter Storm

Pandemic Illness

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Additional Information:





Visit or En Español, for free downloadable resources to help you get a kit, make a plan and be informed.


Get a Kit



Weather Alert Radio


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Emergency Management Department


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