Heat related terms ~Familiarize yourself with these terms to help identify an extreme heat hazard:

Heat Wave - Prolonged period of excessive heat, often combined with excessive humidity.

Heat Index - A number in degrees Fahrenheit (F) that tells how hot it feels when relative humidity is added to the air temperature. Exposure to full sunshine can increase the heat index by 15 degrees.

Heat Cramps - Muscular pains and spasms due to heavy exertion. Although heat cramps are the least severe, they are often the first signal that the body is having trouble with the heat.

Heat Exhaustion - Typically occurs when people exercise heavily or work in a hot, humid place where body fluids are lost through heavy sweating. Blood flow to the skin increases, causing blood flow to decrease to the vital organs. This results in a form of mild shock. If not treated, the victim's condition will worsen. Body temperature will keep rising and the victim may suffer heat stroke.

Heat Stroke - A life-threatening condition. The victim's temperature control system, which produces sweating to cool the body, stops working. The body temperature can rise so high that brain damage and death may result if the body is not cooled quickly.

Sun Stroke - Another term for heat stroke.

Excessive Heat Watch - Conditions are favorable for an excessive heat event to meet or exceed local Excessive Heat Warning criteria in the next 24 to 72 hours.

Excessive Heat Warning - Heat Index values are forecast to meet or exceed locally defined warning criteria for at least 2 days (daytime highs=105-110° Fahrenheit).

Heat Advisory - Heat Index values are forecast to meet locally defined advisory criteria for 1 to 2 days (daytime highs=100-105° Fahrenheit).


Current Annoucements                                            

Road Closures

  • SC DOT Reports: Church Road (SR-654) ~ The bridge over Burgis Creek has been closed for repair between Sturgis Rd and Neely Store Rd.  The road will be closed at the bridge site. This is in the Lesslie Fire District.  The completion date is still to be determined.

    ~Detour:  A detour is in place using White Horse Rd (S-46-839) and Sturgis Rd ( S-46-675).

  • SCDOT Reports ~Gordon Rd (SR-46-347)~ will be closed from Highway 324 to Highway 322 at the bridge site for bridge replacement at Stony Fork Creek beginning Monday, June 27, 2016. The construction is estimated to be completed in December 2016.

  • ~Detour:  Utilize SC Highway 324 and McConnells Hwy (SC Highway 322). The net detour length is approximately 3.53 miles.

  • SCDOT Reports ~ Lincoln Rd (SR-46-64)~Bridge Replacement over Allison Creek on Lincoln Road, York.  Construction is scheduled to begin February 15, 2016 and is estimated to be complete in September 2016.  During construction, the road will be closed at the bridge site.        

    ~Detour:  Utilize Boyd Rd (S-46-732) and S Jim McCarter Rd (S-46-238). The detour route is approx 1.02 miles.

  • City of Rock Hill Reports ~ E White St project is scheduled to begin on Thursday, Jun 2, 2016 and is estimated to take approximately six (6) months to complete. That puts the road re-opening in December 2016.  The closure location will be on E White St from N Jones Av to Cummings St.

  • City of Rock Hill Reports ~ West White Street will be closed permanently from Adams Street to Columbia Avenue to accommodate the construction of the new Round - About intersection.This closure will be effective Monday – March 7, 2016  at 8:00 AM

  • York County Public Works Reports ~ Running Brook Ln, off of Springsteen Rd, at the end of Evelyn St in the Sturgis Estate Subdivision is closed for repairs. The portion of the roadway that was damaged by the heavy rains will be closed. The closed section is at the creek area where the cross-line pipe is located. There is access to the roadway at both ends.  This closure will be effective Monday, May 2, 2016 thru Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

Blasting Permits issued for York County by the Office of State Fire Marshal

  • Valid until Aug 26, 2016 ~ 5600 Block of Charlotte Hwy in Clover SC (Paddlers Cove Subdivision) in the Bethel Fire District
  • Valid until Aug 29, 2016 ~ 5600 Block of Charlotte Hwy in Clover SC (New Subdivision) in the Bethel Fire District
  • Valid until Sep 27, 2016 ~ 1048 Belmar Ln, Rock Hill SC (Monterey Hills Subdivision) in the City of Rock Hill Fire District
  • Valid until Sep 28, 2016 ~ 1718 N Highway 21 Bypass, Fort Mill SC in the Flint Hill Fire District
  • Valid until Nov 1, 2016 ~  739 Sweetwater Ln (Sweetwater Subdivison) in the City of Rock Hill Fire District
  • Valid until Nov 11, 2016 ~ 2985 S Doby's Bridge Rd, Fort Mill SC in the Town of Fort Mill Fire District
  • Valid until Nov 16th, 2016 ~ Corner of Hubert Graham Way at Stonecrest Blvd (Revere at Tega Cay Subdivision) in the City of Tega Cay Fire District
  • Valid until Dec 04, 2016 ~ 1936 Masons Bend Dr in Fort Mill SC (Masons Bend Subdivision) in the Fort Mill Fire District
  • Valid until Jul 01, 2017  ~  991 Hawkfield Rd, Rock Hill SC in the Lesslie Fire District
  • Valid until Aug 01, 2017 ~ 485 True Rd, McConnells SC in the McConnells Fire District

Outdoor Warning Sirens Test Dates

Sirens are tested on Wednesdays.

  • January 13, 2016
  • April 13, 2016
  • July 13, 2016
  • October 12, 2016

Warming Centers - CLOSED for the season

The Men's Warming Center

Bethel United Methodist Church
1232 Curtis St, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Runs November 15, 2015 - March 13, 2016
Doors open nightly at 6 p.m.
Contact Number (803) 327-4881

Women and Children's Warming Center

The Salvation Army
119 S Charlotte Av, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Runs November 13, 2015 - March 2016
Doors open nightly at 6 p.m.
Contact Number (803) 324-5141



Office of Emergency Management acts as a liaison between York County
and local, state and federal agencies coordinating the planning, response, recovery and mitigation activities for natural and manmade disasters.  Locally, Emergency Management assists municipal law enforcement, York County Sheriff’s Office, EMS, fire and rescue departments to serve and protect the citizens of York County.

Office of Emergency Management is comprised of three divisions that are under the direction of the Emergency Management Director. The divisions are:



  •     Catawba Nuclear Station Emergency Planning   
  •     Emergency and Disaster Operations Planning
  •     Emergency Response Coordination
  •     Hazardous Materials Coordination
  •     Incident Command System and Radiological Training
  •     SARA Title III Regulation and Reporting
  •     Special Events Coordination


Functional Areas



What should I do if we have an earthquake?
In 1886 a major earthquake occurred in the Charleston area.  York County was effected.  South Carolina conducts earthquake training and drills annually. 
Can York County be hit by a Tsunami?
No, a tsunami is a surge of sea water and can only occur along the coast.
Where are the tornado shelters?
It is too dangerous to be out when a tornado warning has been issued, therefore attempting to go to a shelter could put the public in greater danger than staying where they are.  The safest thing to do during a tornado warning is to go to a center room on the lowest point of the structure away from windows and doors and shelter-in-place.