We will provide updates to this page and via our social media channels as weather or other events necessitate. Please remain vigilant, prepare, and put safety first.

Preparation is Key

Preparation is key when dealing with any natural disaster. We have compiled a series of important things to know in case of an emergency.

  1. If you are asked to evacuate PLEASE do so! If your local government believes your county or region is unsafe, please evacuate.
  2. Leash and Tag all pets. We all love our furry friends and to reduce the chances of losing your pets during the commotion of an evacuation make sure that they remain leashed at all times and have a current address and phone number listed on their ID Tag.
  3. DO NOT wait until the last second. Evacuation notices are given far in advance to allow the several thousand individuals that will need to relocate time to do so. This means that waiting until the last second to pack up and leave could you stuck in traffic in the middle of a disaster.
  4. Stock up on necessities. Food, Water, and toiletries can become quite difficult to obtain in the event of a disaster. Stocking up on these items beforehand can greatly improve your quality of living while things are sorted out.
  5. Obtain ALL medications and important documents. If you require any form of medication be sure to pack an ample supply along with any governmental or legal records that may not be very easy to replace. We suggest keeping these items in a watertight container or safe.

From the American Red Cross of South Carolina

  1. RIDGELAND, SC: Ridgeland High School (250 Jaguar Trail)
  2. CHARLESTON, SC: Bond Court Detention Center (3851 Leeds Avenue), Dunston Elementary School (1825 Remount Road)
  3. KINGSTREE, SC: Williamsburg County Recreation Center (2084 Thurgood Marshall Hwy)
We will keep you updated with any other shelter openings.

Red Cross “Disasters & Financial Planning” Guide

Key Items

  • Food and bottled water

  • Medication and Important Documents

  • Flashlight and batteries

  • Full tank of gas

  • First aid kit

Other Important Links

SC Emergency Manager
2021 Hurricane Guide
SC Family Disaster Plan
SCEMD Resources

Live Updates

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

11am EDT Key Messages for Tropical Storm #Elsa. Heavy rainfall remains a primarily threat at the storm moves inland over Florida. In addition, new Tropical Storm Watches have been issued further up the Eastern US coastline: (@NHC_Atlantic@SCEMD

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Residents should finalize their storm preparations ahead of Tropical Storm Elsa. Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center predict portions of South Carolina’s coast will experience tropical storm conditions beginning Wednesday and into Thursday morning. Forecasters expect gusty winds, rain, potential for flash flooding, isolated tornados, and an estimated storm surge of 1-2 feet are all possible. (SCEMD)

Monday, Aug. 3, 2020

11 AM EDT Key Messages from the National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic, @SCEMD) for #Isaias, which is expected to make landfall at or near hurricane strength this evening and bring widespread rain and wind impacts from the Carolinas to the northeast: https://twitter.com/NHC_Atlantic/status/1290310791862706176/photo/1

Sunday, September 1, 2019

BREAKING: Gov. McMaster said spoke with President Donald Trump on Sunday, September 1st, and asked for a federal emergency declaration that will help reimburse the state for storm-related costs. The governor declared a statewide emergency on Saturday that activated South Carolina’s storm emergency plan.

FEMA (EM-3421) South Carolina Hurricane Dorian

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Governor Henry McMaster on Sunday ordered mandatory evacuations for several coastal counties in preparation of Hurricane Dorian.

Evacuations will begin at noon on Monday, September 2nd for the following counties and zones:

Jasper County – All zones
Beaufort County – All zones
Colleton County – All zones
Charleston County – All zones
Berkeley County – Zones B & G
Dorchester County – Zone D
Georgetown County – Zone A
Horry County – Zone A

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Governor Henry McMaster today issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency and urges South Carolinians to prepare for the possibility of Hurricane Dorian impacting the state. The executive order enables all state agencies to coordinate resources and sets into effect the State Emergency Operations Plan.

Tuesday, September 25 2018

  • At the request of Governor Henry McMaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has amended its disaster declaration for Hurricane Florence to make residents in Chesterfield County eligible to apply for the Individual Assistance program. Residents in Dillon, Horry, Marion, and Marlboro counties were previously made eligible to apply for aid through FEMA.

Thursday, September 20

  • Gov. Henry McMaster sent a letter to South Carolina’s congressional delegation on Thursday, requesting their continued support for his request for Federal disaster assistance for an expected $1.2 billion in damages needed for recovery efforts from Hurricane Florence’s historic rainfall.

Wednesday, September 19

  • In collaboration with the AICPA, SCACPA will begin requesting changes to Code § 7508A – Authority to postpone certain deadlines by reason of Presidentially declared disaster or terroristic or military actions. These changes are specific to State declared disasters or emergencies and offer greater flexibility in offering relief.
    • REQUESTED CHANGE: Upon declaration of a state of emergency or a disaster declaration issued by the Governor of the affected state and request made by the Governor to the Secretary pursuant to the declaration, the Secretary may specify relief in accordance with paragraph (a).
  • The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it is providing regulatory relief to accountants, transfer agents, municipal advisors, publicly traded companies, investment companies, and others affected by Hurricane Florence where the loss of property, power, transportation and mail delivery posed challenges for individuals and entities that are required to provide information to the SEC and shareholders.

Tuesday, September 18

  • The SCDOR will work with taxpayers, on a case-by-case basis, and will waive any penalties assessed against a taxpayer who cannot meet state filing or payment requirements as a result of Hurricane Florence. Read More
  • SCACPA Staff continue to recieve calls from members requesting relief.
    • Federal and local legislators have been engaged as we look for a path forward.
    • We continue to monitor the FEMA website in hopes of Individual Assistance that will automaticly trigger tax relief.

Monday, September 17

  • SCACPA Urges IRS to Consider Paths for Tax Deadline Extensions for Those Under Mandatory Evacuation Orders Read More
  • BREAKING: President Trump issued a major federal disaster declaration for the following South Carolina counties: Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, Organgeburg and Williamsburg

Saturday, September 15:

  • The IRS is offering this relief to any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as qualifying for individual assistance. Currently, this only includes parts of North Carolina, but taxpayers in localities added later to the disaster area, including those in other states, will automatically receive the same filing and payment relief. The current list of eligible localities is always available on the disaster relief page on IRS.gov.
  • The IRS will work with any taxpayer who lives outside the disaster area but whose records necessary to meet a deadline occurring during the postponement period are located in the affected area. Taxpayers qualifying for relief who live outside the disaster area need to contact the IRS at 866-562-5227. This also includes workers assisting the relief activities who are affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization.
  • We will continue to monitor the IRS website for updates.

Friday, September 14:

  • The SCACPA Office is closing at noon today as we prepare for Hurricane Florence’s impact.
    • We will return to normal office hours Monday, September 17.

Thursday, September 13:

  • We have learned that the IRS confirmed to the AICPA that a decision on extending the Sept. 17 filing deadline for those affected by mandatory evacuation orders for Hurricane Florence will come “as quickly as the law allows.” Read more
  • BREAKING: The Department of Revenue is actively working on an extension for the September 17 filing deadline.
    • Tax preparers and taxpayers affected by the storm will receive an extension on SC filings.

Wednesday, September 12:

  • SCACPA CEO Chris Jenkins sent out an e-mail to every member about the developments over the last few days and the steps the organization is planning to make in the next few days.
  • After careful consideration between the SCACPA Executive Staff and speakers for tomorrow’s courses, CPE for Thursday, September 13, is scheduled to run as planned.
    • If you are evacuating or are unable to attend, we will refund your CPE Bank Hours. E-mail us at communications@scacpa.org or call the office at 803.791.4181.
  • The SCACPA office doors are open for members.
    • If you have evacuated to the Midlands area and need office space, we have ample work space, Internet, printers and power.
    • We are your Association and we are here when you need us.
  • We are still attempting to get an answer from the SCDOR regarding the need for tax filing extensions.
    • Communication is tough because of government offices closures, but we are actively working on getting in touch with the DOR.
  • It is important to note that the IRS is unable to extend tax filing deadlines until FEMA makes an Emergency Declaration and grants Individual Assistance.

Tuesday, September 11:

  • Lane reversals will begin at 12pm on Tuesday.
  • Mandatory evacuation areas at this time include the following counties: Horry, Georgetown, Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester; Edisto Beach in Colleton County.
  • The SCACPA Office in Cayce is still open and encourages any members evacuating to the Midlands area to make use of our office space if necessary.
    • Important deadlines are approaching and we have plenty of work space.
    • Our office is located at 1300 12th Street, Suite D, in Cayce.

Monday, September 10:

  • Over the weekend, Governor McMaster declared a State of Emergency.
  • Gov. McMaster ordered mandatory evacuations for the coast beginning on Tuesday.
  • SCACPA Staff made tentative plans for possible Hurricane Florence landfall.
    • Executive Staff made the decision to monitor the status of the hurricane and make an official call on Wednesday regarding the status of Thursday’s CPE courses.
  • SCACPA reached out to the SCDOR and Governor’s office to express the need for tax filing extensions.

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