All media inquiries should be sent to the Dorchester County Public Information Office.

Current Activation Level

Emergency Operating Condition 3 - normal operations

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About Emergency Management

The Emergency Management Department (EMD) is responsible for mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery from natural or man-made disasters. The department manages the county Emergency Operations Center during disasters.

Additionally, staff procure, maintain, administer systems, and provide technical support for the county's communications assets. EMD also provides first-line diagnostics to the E911 Dispatch Center, maintains its equipment, and manages the 911 Fund. 

Sources for Emergency Alerts

This website, emails, social media posts, or other alert notifications Dorchester County may offer should not be relied upon as sole sources for emergency alerts or warnings. Sources for risk information and warnings may be:

  • CodeRED Emergency Alerts (Available through a partnership with South Carolina Emergency Management Division)
  • Local TV and Radio
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts activated on cell phones
  • NOAA Weather Radio (available at local hardware, drug, and department stores)
  • Family, Friends, and Coworker
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