Office Hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday
- 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
Carl Knight Law Enforcement Complex
212 Deming Way, Ste. 3
Summerville, SC 29483
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.
Dorchester County participates in ReachSC, an Emergency Notification System (ENS) developed by South Carolina Emergency Management Division to notify citizens during an emergency when they or their families could be affected by an event. Dorchester County may even need your help at times for certain emergencies. Please register if you have an unlisted or cellular telephone so that we can better reach you.
Dorchester County has used ReachSC since February 7th, 2007, for several emergency situations to notify citizens of emergencies around them. The Emergency Management Department has made several major leaps with ReachSC, to include being the first county to use ReachSC for an emergency, and the first county in South Carolina who has successfully used it to resolve an emergency. We strive to continue serving the citizens of our county with a professional and rapid response when time really matters. With the use of ReachSC, we hope to increase your knowledge of your surroundings and at the same time keep you and your neighbors out of harms way.
Remember to register if you have an unlisted telephone number or cellular telephone.
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.