The South Carolina Emergency Management Division and the agencies of the State Emergency Response Team said they are prepared for winter.
Andy Leaphart of the South Carolina Department of Transportation said his agency will dispatch its resources where it is needed. “We move our people and our equipment around to make sure we have everything we need, where we need it, when we need it,” Leaphart said Monday.
He said the state’s supply of road salt is at healthy levels. “We continue to grow our salt capacity. Statewide now we have a about a 55,000 ton salt storage capacity which we will use during storms,” said Leaphart.
South Carolina Department of Insurance Director, Ray Farmer, said homeowners and renters need to review their property insurance policies. “Damages from freezing water pipes and faulty heaters are not only costly, but dangerous as well,” Farmer said.
Executive director of the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff, Dukes Scott, said snow is not the only concern. “Ice will bring power lines down. As you get a quarter of an inch, half inch or more on these lines and trees, we will have power outages,” said Scott.
Various state agencies held a joint press conference Monday at the State Emergency Operations Center near Columbia to preview their plans and preparedness on possible winter weather across the state.