South Carolina's hospitals care for people under the most disastrous conditions. For instance, located on the coast, our state and its people face the real threat of hurricanes each year. From the devastation of Hurricane Hugo in 1989, to the thousand-year flood that ravaged the Midlands in 2015, communities rely on hospitals even greater in times of emergency.
Alongside natural disasters, terrorist events and other manmade mass casualties continue to be a major focus of SCHA’s emergency preparedness support. We work to connect our member hospitals with state and federal partners to develop the infrastructure needed to respond to mass casualties when needed.
To ensure that hospitals have the information and support they need to prepare and weather natural and manmade disasters, SCHA serves as a 24-hour operation center during times of emergency. We help support Hospital Emergency Managers as they provide for the safety of patients, staff and visitors during emergency incidents. The South Carolina Society for Healthcare Emergency Managers is a personal membership group organized under the umbrella of the South Carolina Hospital Association. It provides networking, training, education and state-wide planning so hospitals will be prepared to address emergencies.
Hurricane Season/Natural Disasters
Evacuation and Sheltering in Place