Emergency Preparedness

High winds at coast

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


SCHA/SCDHEC Emergency Operations, Actions, and Information

SCDHEC Disaster Preparedness for Healthcare Facilities

National Hurricane Center

South Carolina Hurricane Guide

SCDHEC Medical Surge Guidelines

SCDHEC Critical Data Sheets

Evacuation and Sheltering in Place

SCDHEC Emergency Evacuation Plan Statement

SCDHEC Shelter in Place Guide

SCDHEC Emergency Evacuation Plan Submission Requirements

2019 Mutual Aid Agreement 


Public Health Emergency Planning for Water Supply Interruptions for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities

CDC Emergency Water Supply Planning Guide for Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities

CDC Healthcare Water System Repair 

Public Health Emergency Planning for Power Outages


SCDHEC Post-Disaster Hospital Reopening Procedures

Harvard School of Public Health Essential Functions and Considerations for Hospital Recovery

Planning Resources

Infectious Disease

2016-2017 SCDHEC Influenza Surveillance

CDC Pandemic Influenza

CDC Diseases and Conditions

Active Shooter

FBI Active Shooter Planning and Response in a Healthcare Setting

DHS Active Shooter Preparedness

Mass Fatality

OSHA Best Practices for Mass Casualty Incidents


CDC Preparation and Planning for Chemical Emergencies

CDC Radiation Emergency Preparedness


CDC Bioterrorism Readiness Plan: A Template for Healthcare Facilities

CDC Blast Injury Mobile Application for iPhone and iPad

DHS National Terrorism Advisory System

Additional Resources

SCDHEC: Protecting the Palmetto State 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)