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Office of Resilience paves the way toward a more resilient future with its Pathways to Hazard Resilience Events

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Wed, 09/13/2023

The South Carolina Office of Resilience (SCOR) paves the way toward a more resilient future with its Pathways to Hazard Resilience Events 

SCOR will host informational events in eleven areas across the Palmetto State where attendees can talk with representatives from local and regional agencies and organizations about strategies to implement resilience in their communities. These meetings will also provide an opportunity for attendees to meet SCOR staff and learn more about the history and mission of SCOR, and how the Resilience plan can assist local governments. 

Following the 2015 floods, the Disaster Recovery Office began as a temporary agency established to carry out housing recovery. After Hurricane Matthew in 2016, and Hurricane Florence in 2018, the South Carolina Office of Resilience (SCOR) officially began operation in July 2021.  

SCOR exists to lessen the impact of disasters on the communities and citizens of South Carolina by planning and coordinating statewide resilience, long-term recovery, and hazard mitigation.  

The Disaster Relief and Resilience Act (S.C. Code Ann. § 48-62-30 et seq.) directed SCOR to develop, implement, and maintain the Strategic Statewide Resilience and Risk Reduction Plan (Resilience Plan).  

On June 29, 2023, Governor Henry McMaster and Ben Duncan, SCOR’s Chief Resilience Officer unveiled the Resilience Plan. The Resilience Plan is intended to serve as a framework to guide investment in flood mitigation projects and the adoption of programs and policies to protect the people and property of South Carolina from the damage and destruction of extreme weather events. Broken down into 10 categories, the 54 recommendations range from data collection and outreach to infrastructure design, conservation, and a voluntary home buyout program. 

Below are the dates and locations of SCOR’s ‘Pathways to Hazard Resilience’ events: 

Greenville: Monday, September 25, 2023, from 1:00-3:00pm at Unity Park’s Prisma Health Welcome Center.

Beaufort: Thursday, September 28th, 2023, from 1:00-3:00pm at Palmetto Co-op's New River Office.

Charleston: Monday, October 2nd, 2023, from 1:00-3:00pm at the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments (BCDCOG) Barrett Lawrimore Conference Room.

Georgetown: Tuesday, October 10, 2023, from 1:00-3:00pm at The Baruch Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences - Hobcaw Barony Kimbel Lodge.

Orangeburg: Thursday, October 19, 2023, from 1:00 pm-3:00pm at Claflin University’s Jonas T Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex (Tullis Arena) Training Center Room 114.

Gaffney: Monday, October 30, 2023, from 1:00-3:00pm at the Cherokee County Recreation Building.

Florence: Wednesday, November 1, 2023, from 1:00-3:00pm at Francis Marion University’s Freshwater Ecology Center.

Oconee: Monday, November 6, 2023, from 1:00-3:00pm at the Walhalla Depot.

Rock Hill: Wednesday, November 8, 2023, from 1:00-3:00pm at Manchester Meadows.

Columbia: Monday, November 13, 2023, from 1:00-3:00pm at Earlewood Park’s Community Center.

Aiken: Tuesday, November 14, 2023, from 1:00-3:00pm at the Aiken County Government Center.

To help us spread the word, we encourage you to forward and share this invitation as appropriate with any contacts in your professional networks who could benefit from learning about resources and information offered by the SC Office of Resilience. 

Visit the event website to learn more.

Space is limited at each location, so register now!