Sumter County Emergency Management was awarded a $20,000 grant from Duke Energy Progress just as hurricane season gets underway.
It’s part of Duke Energy’s support for first responders statewide as 34 non-profits and government agencies are being awarded a total of $500,000 to prepare and recover from storms.
Sumter County Emergency Management Director Donna Dew said the funds will be used to purchase chainsaws and chaps as downed trees present a real safety hazard if a storm hits our area.
“Sumter County Government has a long history of working side-by-side with Duke Energy before, during and after major storm events,” she said. “This grant will supply our team the necessary equipment to clear hazards and open roadways faster following severe weather situation, making it easier for first responders to quickly and safely restore our communities back to normal. As a critical first responder, Duke Energy has always worked alongside Sumter County to prepare for and respond to storms, and we value our partnership.”
Hurricane season in South Carolina began on June 1 and ends November 30, 2022.
“The key to successful emergency preparedness and recovery after a major storm begins and ends at the local level,” said Mike Callahan, Duke Energy’s South Carolina state president. “Households and businesses across the state in recent years have endured a number of significant and costly storms. Helping our communities prepare for and recover from these events take significant resources and these grants will help give our fellow first responders the tools and training they need to tackle whatever Mother Nature throws our way.”
To download a free South Carolina Hurricane Guide 2022 from the S.C. Emergency Management Division, click here: https://www.scemd.org/media/1623/scemd-hurricane-guide2022_english.pdf