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Emergency Preparedness

In response to the threat posed by Hurricane Matthew, the Chamber offices  will be closed as of 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4. Please stay tuned to our website for updates on when we will reopen.  We urge all of our members to follow updates from State and local governments to protect yourselves, your families and your businesses.

[Know Your Zone- South Carolina Emergency Management Department]

[Look Here: Closings and Cancellations Related to Hurricane Matthew: WCSC Live 5 News]


[Hurricane Matthew Information from SC Department of Commerce]


Businesses can do a lot to prepare for the impact of the many hazards they face in today’s world,  including:

  • Natural hazards (floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes)
  • Widespread serious illness such as the H1N1 flu virus pandemic.
  • Human-caused hazards (accidents, acts of violence by people and acts of terrorism)
  • Technology-related hazards (Failure or malfunction of systems, equipment or software, hacking or ransomware attack)

Here are some steps you can take to protect your business:


The planning process should take an “all hazards” approach. There are many different threats or hazards. The probability that a specific hazard will impact your business is hard to determine. That’s why it’s important to consider many different threats and hazards and the likelihood they will occur. [Read More]


Implementation of the preparedness program includes identifying and assessing resources, writing plans, developing a system to manage incidents and training employees so they can execute plans. [Read More]

Testing and Exercises

You should conduct testing and exercises to evaluate the effectiveness of your preparedness program, make sure employees know what to do and find any missing parts. There are many benefits to testing and exercises. [Read More]

Program Improvement

There are opportunities for program improvement following an actual incident. A critique should be conducted to assess the response to the incident. Lessons learned from incidents that occur within the community, within the business’ industry or nationally can identify needs for preparedness program changes. Best practices and instructional guidance published by trade associations, professional societies, newsletters and government website can be resources to evaluate and improve your preparedness program. [Read More]


Other Steps to protect your business:

Identify critical business systems [PDF]
Create an emergency communications plan [PDF]
Test your business systems
Enroll in the Red Cross Ready Rating Program
Build a disaster preparedness kit
Learn about SBA’s Disaster Assistance programs (online course)

Specific Disaster Information

Including Hurricanes, Winter Weather, Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Wildfires, Floods, Cyber Security [Read More]


If you need immediate disaster assistance, please visit the Small Business Association Disaster Assistance Page.

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