Emergency officials urge South Carolinians to plan for winter weather

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LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WSPA) — State officials said they’ll be ready for any severe winter weather. They are urging all South Carolinians to make preparations as well.

Representatives from various state agencies got together at the South Carolina Emergency Operations Center Tuesday morning for a news conference.

“We need everybody to be their own emergency manager,” Kim Stenson, director of the state’s Emergency Management Division, said.

Stenson said severe winter weather is more likely to happen in January or February but now is the time to prepare.

While severe winter weather in South Carolina is rare, some of the state’s costliest natural disasters have been ice storms. In February 2014, an ice storm did more than $250 million damage across the state.

“History has shown Mother Nature can strike in any location in the state,” Deputy Adjutant General Brigadier General Jeff Jones said.

The state Department of Transportation said it is prepared. Leland Colvin, the deputy secretary of engineering, said the agency has 1,200 pieces of equipment, 2,500 field employees and more than 60,000 tons of road salt on hand.

“All of our equipment has been checked, prepped and calibrated,” he said. “We’ve also reviewed our routes as part of our operational plan.”

To download a severe winter weather guide created by SCEMD click or tap here.

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