The Anson County Department of Emergency Services works to protect the life, property and the environment through a partnership with local, state and federal agencies, through Emergency Management and the Fire Marshal's office. To cooperate and communicate through effective leadership in emergency response, planning, recovery, training and mitigation.
Purpose of the Emergency Management Office
The Anson County Emergency Management Office deals with disasters, both big and small, from wood fires to a major storm impacting our county, the Emergency Management office prepares to fit the disaster.
Hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, acts of terrorism or other man-made and natural calamities are a fact of life. Emergencies happen every year and take their toll on individuals, families, and businesses. Millions of dollars and untold numbers of lives are lost to disasters of every scale, but you can limit the amount of injuries and damage sustained by you and your organization (be it family unit or business) and return to normal quicker if you take time to plan.
Planning for emergencies is not an unfamiliar process to most people. The majority of individuals already have in place fire evacuation plans for home and business. Smoke detectors are in a large number of homes throughout the United States. Children at an early age in school are given instructions on what to do in the event of a fire, earthquake, or tornado. Drills are all part of the learning and training process. As we get older, it seems that many of these same safeguards and exercises are discounted as a waste of time or as unnecessary.
During an emergency is not the time to wonder what you should have done to make your environment safer and a little more habitable. "Being prepared" is more than a good motto, it is essential. When winter storms strike, stay at home unless you absolutely have to drive. Prepare alternate heating sources (fireplaces, wood stoves and kerosene or propane heaters) for use if needed, and stock up with emergency supplies such as water, food, flashlights, a battery powered radio and spare batteries. You should prepare for 72 hours on your own.
A hurricane can be very destructive and lead to wind damage, power outages, flooding, as well as other hazards. It is important to make preparations before a hurricane could potentially strike. The following link from FEMA provides detailed information on how to prepare for a hurricane. It also provides a checklist that can be very useful when making preparations for a hurricane. Link to FEMA Hurricane Preparedness Recommendations.
For information about speakers for your meeting or about disaster preparedness, please contact our office at 704-994-3301.