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Office Hours:

8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday

Telephone Numbers:

  • Summerville Phone:  832-0341
  • Summerville Fax:  832-0343
  • St. George Phone:  563-0341
  • St. George Fax:  563-0343

Mailing Address & Location:

Attn:  Emergency Management Department
Dorchester County
Carl Knight Law Enforcement Complex
212 Deming Way, Ste. 3
Summerville, SC 29483

Emergency Management Department


Department Overview

Emergency Management Department has three primary functions: Emergency Preparedness Division, Communication Support Division and E911 Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Division.

The Emergency Preparedenss Division is responsible for mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery from natural or man-made hazards and managing the county Emergency Operations Center during activations.  This division also manages the CERT program.

The Communications Support Division is responsible for overseeing the procurement, maintenance, systems administration and technical support for the county's communications assets which includes more than 700 mobile and portable radios. This Division also provides first-line diagnostics to the E911 Dispatch Center, maintains its equipment and manages the 911 Fund.

The E911 GIS Division maintains the county's centerline data and maps, which is the basis for all county road maps as well as spatial analysis for operational planning.


  • Mario Formisano: Director
  • Roger Dangerfield: Communications Coordinator
  • Matthew McNamara: Emergency Planner
  • John Place: Communications Technician
  • Charlie Kaufman: GIS Analyst / E911
  • Theresa McKnight: Administrative Assistant


This Web site, emails or other alerting lists we may offer must not be relied upon as a primary source for severe weather information or warnings. The Internet can have a highly unpredictable delivery time for reasons far beyond our control.

Emergency Managers strongly recommend that you have a NOAA Weather Radio for timely severe weather warnings and other official emergency alerts. If you live in a mobile or manufactured home a NOAA Weather Radio is a MUST HAVE! Many local electronics retailers carry NOAA Weather Radios at a reasonable price ($35-$45). Countless lives have been saved by this device when users receive immediate warnings of life-threatening weather events such as Tornados, etc. A NOAA Weather Radio could also be the ONLY means of receiving official emergency public information if broadcast media stations are off the air.We will make every effort to ensure the information presented here is timely. However, staff limitations or the pace of operations may delay updating information.

Links to external websites do not necessarily constitute an endorsement by Dorchester County. While the sites linked from here are thought to be reputable and accurate, Dorchester County has no control over the information found at any external website. 

  • CERT Training Offered in February Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) are groups of volunteer citizens who are trained to assist their community in the event of natural or man-made disasters when emergency services may not be immediately available. Training will be offered starting in February, 2015.
  • Public Hearing Dates for Hazard Mitigation Plan The Dorchester County Emergency Management Department is facilitating the update process for the county hazard mitigation plan. The plan is updated every five years in accordance with federal regula-tions and its purpose is to identify policies and actions that can be implemented over long term to re-duce risk and future losses. Participating jurisdictions including the Town of Summerville, Town of Harleyville, Town of Ridgeville, Town of St. George, and Town of Reevesville have met to review and discuss existing goals and objectives which correlate to specific structural and non-structural actions, based on the latest hazard analysis and vulnerability assessment.
  • Prepare for Severe Winter Weather SCEMD and the SERT have produced a new “Severe Winter Weather in South Carolina” guide to help people prepare for winter-related hazards. The guide contains tips on what to do before, during and after a major winter storm, check lists, information on how to get the current status of government offices and more. The Guide is currently available at every Walgreens store statewide and online for download at

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