Emergency Management DIVISION

For those wishing to visit our fully functional website, please visit www.scoem.org.  This page has been created to provide basic information about the department.  Thank you for your time and interest in the Spartanburg County Office of Emergency Management.

What is Emergency Management
Emergency Management is the combined efforts of local, state and federal governments to protect the citizens from the effects of disasters, both natural and man-made. The local Office of Emergency Management works to identify and analyze the hazards that may face Spartanburg County and develop contingency plans for each hazard. The plans are regularly tested, refined and tested again, all with the goal of protecting or saving lives and property. 
The Office of Emergency Management uses a four-phase approach to emergencies: Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery, which is known collectively as the Emergency Management Cycle. 

Emergency Management Cycle
Activities which are designed to either prevent  the occurrence of an emergency or minimize the potentially adverse effects  of an emergency, including zoning/building code ordinances and enforcement of land use regulations. 

Preparedness- Activities, programs and systems which exist  prior to an emergency and are used to support and enhance response to  an emergency or disaster. Public education, planning, training, and exercising  are among the activities conducted under this phase. 
Response- Activities and programs designed to address  the immediate effects of  the onset of an emergency or disaster and help  to reduce casualties, damage , and to speed recovery.  Coordination, Warning,  Evacuation, and Mass Care are examples of Response. 
Recovery- Activities involving restoring systems to normal.  Recovery actions are taken to assess damage and return vital life support  systems to minimum operating standards; long term recovery may continue for many years.

To help grow our database with the most reliable information, we are strongly encouraging everyone to register on our Code Red Community Notification Enrollment Page (CNE). The secure, customized CNE page allows our residents and businesses to add or update their contact information to ensure they will be included when an emergency, general, or weather message is sent – unlisted numbers, mobile numbers, TD/TTY requirements can all be entered. Below are some advantages of the Weather Notification service provided by Code Red: 

  • Stay Safe: Code Red Weather Warning will alert registered citizens, in the direct path of severe weather 
  • Alert Types: Notifications will be sent out moments after a severe thunderstorm warning, tornado warning, or flash flood warning has been issued by the National Weather Services. Only citizens in the immediate impact area will be alerted 
  • Caller ID: Registered citizens will know the call is from Code Red Weather Warning when you see the telephone number 1-800-566-9780. If you would like to hear the last message delivered to your phone simply dial the number back. 
  • Privacy: Your contact information will remain private and will only be used for severe weather or emergency alerts. 
  • Register to get the Call: Users must opt-in to receive weather notifications. 
With everyone taking a moment to fill out the CNE, we can ensure the citizens of Spartanburg County receive timely notifications via multiple platforms (email, cell, landline, text). If you wish to receive these notifications, please visit the Code Red Website.