America's PrepareAthon! is a grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience. Join others around the country to practice your preparedness!

On Saturday, April 30, 2016, National PrepareAthon! Day will inspire individuals, organizations and communities      throughout the United States to prepare for emergencies.  It's an entire day dedicated to action and doing  preparedness activites.

 Examples of preparedness include:

  • Gather important documents and keep them in a safe place so in the event you need to evacuate you have all personal, medical and legal papers in one place.
  • Sign up for local text alerts and warnings, getting the latest forecast so you can stay aware of worsening weather conditions.
  • Create a family communications plan, decide on the places you will meet in the event of an emergency then practice your plan.

 The list can go on and on... Be Smart, Take Part, Prepare!!!


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Current Annoucements                                            

Road Closures

  • 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

  • Hensley Road in Fort Mill will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday, April 11, 2016 as part of the Fort Mill Southern Bypass construction project. Hensley Road will be closed .06 miles east of Featherson Road to .20 miles east of Legion Road. This road will be closed beginning Monday, April 11, 2016 and will reopen on Saturday, April 30, 2016.

    DETOUR: Follow SC Route 160 to the intersection of Hensley Road, turn right onto Hensley Road, then left onto Williams Road, travel to the intersection of Dobys Bridge Road, turn right onto Dobys Bridge Road and travel to the intersection of Hensley Road.

  • Bridge Replacement over Allison Creek on State Road S-46-64, known as 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 and traffic will detour using S-46-732, Boyd Rd and S-46-238, S Jim McCarter Rd. The detour route is approx 1.02 miles.

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

  • Valid until Apr 14, 2016 ~ 2729 Eden Terrace Ext in Rock Hill SC in the City of Rock Hill Fire District
  • Valid until Apr 27, 2016 ~ 1130 Trinity Ridge Pkwy in Fort Mill SC (Trinity Ridge Subdivision) in the Fort Mill Fire District
  • Valid until Jun 11, 2016 ~ 2500 Block of Whites Rd in Fort Mill SC in the Fort Mill Fire District
  • Valid until Jun 11, 2016 ~ 3972 Hands Mill Hwy in York SC in the Bethel Fire District
  • Valid until Jun 16, 2016 ~ 3480 Stateview Blvd in Fort Mill SC in the Flint Hill Fire District
  • Valid until Jul 01, 2016  ~  991 Hawkfield Rd in Rock Hill SC in the Lesslie Fire District
  • Valid until Jul 13, 2016  ~ 1590 Springfield Pkwy (Carolina Orchards Subdivision) in the Fort Mill Fire District
  • Valid until Aug 01, 2016 ~ 485 True Rd in 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.