Water Distribution Sites – President Declares a Federal Emergency for South Carolina – OPCOM 1 as of 10/3 – Auxcomm Update – Flood INFO

Multiple water distribution sites are being set up in Richland County to help people get safe water to drink.

Columbia City Manager Teresa Wilson said the following four distribution sites will be open from 5-6:30 p.m. Monday:

Columbia Convention Center - 1100 Lincoln Street

Walmart – 5424 Forest Drive

Lower Richland High School -2615 Lower Richland Boulevard

Landmark Square – 6600 block of Garners Ferry Road

The centers will be open again at Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Two additional sites will open Tuesday at Dutch Square Mall and the Midlands Shopping Center.

Communications Information - please be aware that in the heavily affected areas, telco communications may be limited or nonexistent due to high traffic volume and site failure. CO’& MTSO’s are at capacity. If you must travel, carry a radio if you have one, let more than one person know what route you are taking.

State now at OPCON 1, www.scemd.org

Road Information - http://dbw.scdot.org/RoadConditionsemr/default.aspx


Shift Volunteers are still needed…
Recap of operations for Monday. There wasn’t a heavy need for amateur communications on Monday since commercial systems are still holding. At one point today, it appeared we were near a statewide failure of the public switched network due to the water issue in Columbia. Major efforts were expended to keep the master center working. It looks like the efforts will be successful if nothing unexpected happens. However, there is an increased risk of significant communications issues in the near term.
We are continuing to staff the SEOC radio room, monitoring the frequencies and ready to provide the back up layer if required. Many FEMA assets along with teams are coming into the area. NTIA and FCC have been in contact with ESF-2 and want any reports of issue or interference which they will handle.
While the rain has stopped, the state is still under the gun until rivers recede. Estimates for the upstate are 3 days, for the midlands 5 days and for the low country 10 days just to get rivers back to normal flow. Today we had dam failures and more road closings.
So for the near term, there will be a need to continue to staff the SEOC 24 hours a day. If you would like to cover a shift or part of a shift, please email me and let me know what day and time. This will be an opportunity to learn in a real environment which is not like the many exercises you may have experience.
Roger B. Mull, KD4JQJ
South Carolina Agency MARS Program Coordinator
ARES/RACES District Emergency Coordinator for the
South Carolina Emergency Operations Center
803-732-1756 home
803-354-2075 mobile


River Gauge Flood link

Use map arrows to view Greenville gsp, Columbia cae, Charleston chs, Wilmington ilm, river gauges to get real time flood levels.



Floods – From the SC EMD website


In South Carolina, several variations of flood hazards occur due to the different effects of severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, seasonal rains and other weather-related conditions. The State’s low-lying topography, combined with its humid subtropical climate, makes it highly vulnerable to inland or riverine flooding. Riverine flooding occurs when the flow of rainwater runoff is greater than the carrying capacities of the natural drainage systems. The largest riverine flood in South Carolina, based on the area affected, was the 1903 flood. Relentless rains associated with warm moist air and a low-pressure system caused this flood. The textile communities of Clifton and Pacolet were hardest hit. The Pacolet River rose as much as 40 feet in an hour, resulting in the deaths of sixty-five people.


In comparison to riverine flooding, coastal flooding is usually the result of a severe weather system such as a tropical storm or hurricane, which contains an element of high winds. The damaging effects of coastal floods are caused by a combination of storm surge, wind, rain, erosion and battering by debris. In 1999, three tropical systems resulted in over 24 inches of rain in Horry County. The Waccamaw River and tributaries caused significant flooding throughout northeastern South Carolina.


Before a Flood

  • Avoid building in a floodprone area unless you elevate and reinforce your home.
  • Elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel if susceptible to flooding.
  • Install check valves in sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains of your home.
  • Contact community officials to find out if they are planning to construct barriers (levees, berms or floodwalls) to stop floodwater from entering the homes in your area.
  • Seal the walls in your basement with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage.
  • Review your insurance policy. Flood coverage is not part of most homeowner, mobile home or renter’s insurance policies. There is a 30-day waiting period for coverage to take effect.

During a Flood

  • Be aware of potential flash flooding. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move to higher ground. Do not wait to be told to move.
  • If time allows, prepare your home for a flood by moving essential items to an upper floor, bring in outdoor furniture, disconnect electrical appliances and be prepared to turn off the gas, electricity and water.
  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle could be quickly swept away.

After a Flood

  • After a flood, listen for news reports to learn whether the community’s water supply is safe to drink.
  • Avoid floodwaters; water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
  • Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Even if the roadway of a bridge or elevated highway looks normal, the support structures below may be damaged.
  • Stay clear of downed power lines and report them to your power company.
  • Use extreme caution when entering buildings; there may be hidden damage, particularly to foundations. Stay out of any building that is surrounded by floodwaters.
  • Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and other harmful chemicals.

Additional Flood Resources


Red Cross



All VHF Repeaters linked until Opcom 1 emergency lifted. SC HEART Analog VHF and UHF Linked Repeater System Status – Wallace UHF operational but can not be linked. Dillon DMR Repeater operational but running stand alone.

Status: All repeaters are operational except Wallace UHF can not be linked until 10/16 all others are  available for linking during the week. The Caesars Head VHF 145.13 – pl 123 repeater is operating stand alone until the microwave link between Paris Mt. and Caesars Head is installed. Edgefield VHF 146.85- pl 91.5 repeater is operating stand alone until the link interface is installed. Dillon DMR Repeater operational but running stand alone until network repair can be done on the 1500 ft platform.



Join the VHF – UHF Statewide South Carolina ARES Net at 8PM Sunday Night. All amateurs are welcome to check into the net. To allow time for announcements, check-ins and training topic please check in using – Call Sign, Name, Location, and if you have Announcements or Traffic

For additional information on SC ARES  go to  www.ares-sc.org

www.scserv.gov check out the web site and register as a volunteer . As a licensed amateur radio operator your profession is listed as amateur radio.  Thanks for taking the time to register.

Remember to continue to review of Bart’s Basics from N3GQ, Senior Emergency and Continuity Manager, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, FCC. Ten Tips to Make You a Better Communicator.

Reminder: Is your generator fueled and ready to run? Does the 12v backup battery in the shack still have acid in it? Are the batteries charged for your handheld radio? Do you have a lighter plug for the handheld with dead batteries?  Or do you have a  AA pack with fresh AA batteries to use ?

ICS 100. The course is available at  http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.asp This is the introduction to the Incident Command System. To be fully trained take ICS 100 and 700 then 200 and 800 on line. ICS 300 and ICS 400 are taught in a classroom setting as is Communications Leadership. Brian Fletcher with MUSC is now certified to teach ICS 300, 400 and ComL. Send requests for class information to Charlie Miller, AE4UX (ae4ux@arrl.net) Remember, we respond to an emergency only as well as we have been trained. Part of the training is to know how the system works.

Thanks to everyone who takes the time to check into the net!!! 73,  John, W3KH, Net Manager

SC Regional Skywarn Every Tuesday night at 9 PM- Sponsored by NWS Charleston

Join the SC Regional Skywarn Net on every Tuesday night,  9 PM.The net orginates from Charleston and is sponsored by the National Weather Service in Charleston. Keep your  go kit packed. Hurricane season is here.

SCHEART ESF-8 Statewide Training Net will meet on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 9AM.

All SC HEART ESF-8 Nets will meet on Thursday mornings at 9AM. Check into the net using UHF repeaters were possible. During roll call, notify Net Control which repeater location you are using and if it is UHF or VHF. In an emergency the VHF repeaters may be used for ARES communications and not always available. It is very important that you can use the UHF side of the System as a RRT member. Email check-ins at w3kh@arrl.net
IMPORTANT INFORMATION -  Check into the net – even if you are working. If you are working do a normal check – in call sign, name, location, (hospital or agency ), VHF or UHF. Continue to check in by e-mail if you are not able to connect to the SC Heart system. Net operates under FCC § 97.113 Prohibited transmissions (a) (3) (i). Preamble revised March 1, 2013 to reflect the new DHEC regions.
Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, Jasper, Orangeburg
Aiken, Barnwell, Chester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lexington, Newberry, Richland, Saluda, York
Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, Williamsburg
Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, Union
For more information on the Communications Rodeo contact Karen Hutto  huttokg@dhec.sc.gov or Scott Phillips phillist@dhec.sc.gov