Union County Emergency Management is located on the 8th floor of the Union County Government Center. An Emergency Operations Center (EOC) equipped with necessary communications equipment, maps, status boards, doppler radar weather capabilities and weather gauges is located within the agency. The EOC serves as the hub of operations during a disaster, where local government officials and agency representatives would report so all response efforts are effectively coordinated.
Emergency Management is responsible for receiving annual reports on hazardous materials used, manufactured or stored within Union County. Once reports are received, by March 1 each year, response plans are developed based on the materials reported. These reports are required by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA): Title III, Right -To-Know and are called Tier II reports. Any incident/release involving hazardous materials must be reported to Emergency Management to make sure that proper response has taken place and to make sure that the citizens are in no danger as a result of the incident.
All accidents/incidents, whether they are from natural causes or man-made, are reported to the State Emergency Management Division in Raleigh. Any damages that occur from incidents must be reported, so a damage assessment can be done to determine if disaster funding might be available.
Union County also serves as a "host" county to the Catawba Nuclear Site, located in York, SC. Should an accident occur at the Catawba Site, residents within a 10 mile radius of the site would be evacuated to host areas. Union County is responsible for receiving evacuees and making sure their needs are met.
Union County Emergency Management recently adopted a program for People with Special Needs. This program is a voluntary registry, where residents of Union County that have special needs can complete a form giving pertinent information about themselves, what their needs are and what might be needed in case of disaster. Once the completed form is received these residents are located on a map and the information is entered into a database, so if the disaster affects them, they can be checked on to make sure they are taken care of properly.
Business, industries, adult care homes, day cares, school, etc., can contact Emergency Management and request a survey of their facility to assist in disaster planning. Staff will visit the facility and provide advice on where the "safe" areas for severe weather are located and assist with developing plans to meet licensing requirements, OSHA standards or for employee safety.
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