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Under the leadership of Mario Formisano, the Emergency Management Department (EMD) is responsible for emergency mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery from natural or man-made hazards and managing the county Emergency Operations Center during activations.  Overseeing the procurement, maintenance, systems administration and technical support for the county's communications assets which includes more than 700 mobile and portable radios.

EMD also provides first-line diagnostics to the E911 Dispatch Center maintains its equipment and manages the 911 Fund.


Mailing Address & Office Location:

212 Deming Way, Ste. 3
Summerville, South Carolina 29483

Office Hours: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM    Monday – Friday, excluding holidays

Phone: (843) 832-0341 or (843) 563-0341

Fax: (843) 832-0343 or (843) 563-0343


Emergency 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 sign up for Code Red Alerts.



This Website, emails, social media updates or other alert notifications Dorchester County 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). 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 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: 6/19/2017 3:38:00 PM