The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season is upon us and Dorchester County, in coordination with its municipal partners and community organizations, have been preparing for another active season.
Since the February 2014 Ice Storm in 2014, Dorchester County has had five consecutive years of state of emergency declarations and several federal disaster declarations.
While the seasonal outlook from the weather experts might call for an “below average” season, relating to activity, it’s important to remember that we still have a significant risk for tropical storms and hurricanes.
Dorchester County is prepared to respond to and initiate the recovery process for a major disaster but the long-term recovery process is going to be a “whole community” effort. Whole community means individuals and organizations band together to restore disaster areas to their new normal – utilizing local resources and collaborating to assist one another.
The Emergency Management Department has been working for more than seven years to develop community partnerships with local nonprofits, civic groups, and faith-based organizations, to pre-identify who’s performing which services after a crisis.
There are many services that the government simply cannot do alone after a disaster such as feeding, distributing emergency goods, assisting with private property debris, home repairs, and much more. No two disasters are the same – each creates its own unique issues – but there’s always one common theme, people need help. Several year’s ago, the Emergency Management Department formed a group that meets annually called the Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD). The COAD consists of community partners that have volunteered to serve in a specific disaster response or relief role. If your organization is interested in collaborating with COAD, contact us today.
And remember the preparedness motto: Build a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed, and Get
Involved. For more information visit www.dorchestercountysc.gov/emd.