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


Current Annoucements

Road Closure

  • Smith Ford Rd was closed on 12-24-13.  SCDOT maintenance forces are replacing the bridge over Guyonmoore Creek.  A detour route is in place.  Estimated completion date is 5-1-15.
  • Ogden Road closed from Falls Road to Squiure Street due to bridge replacement.  Estimated to re-open 11-30-15.
  • Arrow Road in the City of York will be closed starting 4-15-15 and plans to re-open in December of 2015.

Outdoor Warning Sirens Test Dates

  • January 14, 2015
  • April 8, 2015
  • July 8, 2015
  • October 14, 2015


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.