Residents should take the proper winter weather precautions now during milder temperatures while the winter emergency supplies are in low demand:

    ~Include winter supplies like shovels and rock salt in your household emergency kit.
    ~Prepare for possible isolation in your home by having sufficient heating fuel; regular fuel sources may be cut off.
    ~Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing.
    ~Learn how to shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts.
    ~Portable generators are commonly used in the winter as a result of storm-induced power outages. Carbon monoxide fumes are odorless and deadly. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to prevent death from carbon monoxide.
    ~Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
    ~Chimneys should be cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. If not, it can become filled with highly flammable layers of creosote.
    ~Have your vehicle serviced to ensure it is prepared for the winter season.
    ~In every vehicle, place a winter emergency kit that includes: a shovel; windshield scraper and small broom; flashlight; battery-powered radio; extra batteries; water; snack food; matches; extra hats, socks and mittens; first aid kit with a pocket knife; medications; blankets; tow chain or rope; road salt and sand; booster cables; emergency flares; and a fluorescent distress flag.

For more information:

Outdoor Warning Sirens Test Dates

Sirens are tested on Wednesdays.

  • January 11, 2017
  • April 12, 2017
  • July 12, 2017
  • October 11, 2017

Remember, hearing a siren does NOT mean you should evacuate.  Local radio and television stations will provide information and instructions on what you should do.  It is important to note that sirens may not necessarily be heard inside homes or businesses.


Warming Centers 

The Men's Warming Center

Bethel United Methodist Church
1232 Curtis St, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Runs November 13, 2016 through the winter months
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 18, 2016 - March 2017
Doors open nightly at 6 p.m.
Contact Number (803) 324-5141



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


Functional Areas

  •     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




South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Website

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

York County Press Releases