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Office Hours:

8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday

Telephone Numbers:

  • Summerville Phone:  843-832-0341
  • Summerville Fax:  843-832-0343
  • St. George Phone:  843-563-0341
  • St. George Fax:  843-563-0343

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 Preparedness 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.

Sign-Up for Alert Notifications

EMD partners with SCEMD to issue emergency notifications for incidents involving evacuations or the need to take protective measures. Please take a moment to click on the image below t sign up for Code Red Alerts.

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This Website, 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.

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. 

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Last updated: 5/25/2017 10:18:02 AM