Emergency Management

Location: 156 Columbia St. (Chester Fire Dept. Basement)
Mailing Address: PO Box 580, Chester SC, 29706
Phone: (803) 377-4632
Fax: (855) 932-0670
Hours: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday

Director: Eddie Murphy – emurphy@chestercounty.org

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Chester County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

Disasters can cause loss of life; damage buildings and infrastructure; and have devastating consequences for a community’s economic, social, and environmental well-being.   Resilient communities proactively protect themselves against hazards, build self-sufficiency, and become more sustainable through mitigation planning.

The purpose of mitigation planning is to identify local policies and actions that can be implemented over the long term to reduce risk and future losses from hazards. These mitigation policies and actions are identified based on an assessment of hazards, vulnerabilities, and risks and includes the participation of a wide range of stakeholders and the public in the planning process.

The mitigation plan belongs to the local community.  As Chester County citizens you represent the current needs and values of the community.  Citizens are affected by mitigation actions and policies which is why we value your input in the planning process.

Comments on the Draft 2016 Chester County Hazard Mitigation Plan should be directed to the Chester County Emergency Management Agency @ emdarby@Chestercounty.org.



The Chester County Emergency Management Agency is responsible for the coordination of preparedness and emergency response activities that may result from either man - made incidents or severe weather conditions. This agency develops and maintains the appropriate emergency plans and procedures and participates in necessary preparedness activities. These plans include education on Public Warning, health and environmental issues and public self-protection. The Chester EMA coordinates and supports the Chester Haz-mat team (Hazardous Materials). Major exercises for training and readiness are conducted with all emergency agencies, along with key members of the business industry, in Chester County.

NIMS (National Incident Management System): an incident command systems used by our emergency personnel. There are certain training courses that all responders must take and this agency is responsible for providing needed training and maintaining all records.

Emergency Operations Center - Chester County - prepared for any emergency.

Storm Ready - Tornados, Storms & Hurricane information.

Responsibilities and Services

  • Chester County EMA is responsible to Chester County Government and The Federal Emergency Management Agency in writing a Comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan for Chester County.
  • To test the plan from time to time as well as evaluate actual occurrences.
  • Maintain a radiological monitoring capability in order to respond in the event of a nuclear incident, war related, fixed sights or transportation.
  • Maintain a repository on hazardous materials in order to comply with Title III Community Right to Know Act.
  • Maintain a Hazardous Material Response Unit with trained personnel and equipment.
  • Assist with training and education of all emergency response units/agencies.
  • Maintain and staff an Emergency Operations Center during a disaster situation.
  • Keep current a Hazards Analysis document for the county.
  • Maintain a roster of disaster shelters and shelter managers.
  • Conduct training in weather awareness at schools, business/ industry, groups and individual families.
  • Maintain mutual aid pacts with neighboring counties.
  • Provide sheltering as a host county to the Catawba Nuclear sight in the event of an evacuation.
  • Maintain a resources listing for a disaster situation.


General Information

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