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Posted on Thursday, September 27th, 2018 at 10:19 am. Posted to Community.


LEXINGTON COUNTY EMERGENCY OPERATIONS UPDATE

Posted on Friday, September 14th, 2018 at 12:22 pm. Posted to Community.

LEXINGTON, SC – The County of Lexington Emergency Operations Center has entered operational condition 3, which is a partial activation of the County’s EOC in preparation for the impacts of Hurricane Florence.

OPCON 3 prepares emergency response units to prepare for weather-related events generated by the storm. County emergency management has enlisted the help of the County’s Community Emergency Response Team, which is comprised of volunteers that are able to assist in emergency relief efforts.

Lexington County EMS, 911 and Fire Service have additional staffing on standby and ready to respond to emergencies around the County. Public Works crews have checked numerous ponds around the County, as well as cleared debris from stormwater drains and outlets.

Several county departments are working on adjusted schedules due to the potential impacts of the storm:

County of Lexington governmental and administrative offices

  • All County of Lexington governmental and administrative offices will be open and operating under a normal schedule on Friday.

County of Lexington Solid Waste Management

  • Solid waste recycling & collection centers will close at 5 p.m. Friday and will remain closed through Saturday. The County’s landfill will be closed Saturday. Sunday operations are yet to be determined.

Lexington County Public Library

  • Lexington County Public Library branches will close at 5 p.m. Friday and will remain closed Saturday. Sunday operations are yet to be determined

Lexington County Animal Services

  • Lexington County Animal Services Shelter will be closed Saturday.

Lexington County Museum

  • Lexington County Museum services will be closed Saturday. Sunday operations are yet to be determined.

Residents who have non-emergency questions regarding the County’s preparedness and response to the storm can call the EOC’s non-emergency tip lines at (803) 785-1342 or (803) 785-2718.

The County of Lexington does not supply sandbags for public use. Residents with special medical needs need to ensure that they are acquiring the necessary medicines and healthcare equipment to sustain themselves throughout the duration and aftermath of the storm.

Residents are urged to monitor local media, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division’s social media channels (@SCEMD) as well as the County’s website (lex-co.sc.gov) and social media channels (Twitter: @CountyLex; Facebook: County of Lexington) for updated information leading up to and throughout the storm.

To receive emergency messages from the County of Lexington to your cell phone, sign up for the County’s CodeRED emergency alert system here: https://bit.ly/2MwiiJE

 


LEXINGTON COUNTY STORM INFORMATION

Posted on Friday, September 14th, 2018 at 8:40 am. Posted to Community.

LEXINGTON, SC – As Hurricane Florence makes its way toward the Carolina coastline, several County of Lexington departments that have weekend hours will close, or work on an adjusted schedule.

 

County of Lexington governmental and administrative offices

  • All County of Lexington governmental and administrative offices will be open and operating under a normal schedule on Friday.

County of Lexington Solid Waste Management

  • Curbside collection services will begin pickups early Friday at 6 a.m. Customers are advised to place curbside collection containers out Thursday night.
  • Solid waste recycling & collection centers will be closed Friday at 5 p.m. and will remain closed Saturday. The County’s landfill will be closed Saturday. Sunday operations are yet to be determined.

Lexington County Public Library

  • Lexington County Public Library branches will be closed at 5 p.m. Friday and will remain closed Saturday. Sunday operations are yet to be determined

Lexington County Animal Services

  • Lexington County Animal Services Shelter will be closed Saturday.

Lexington County Museum

  • Lexington County Museum services will be closed Saturday. Sunday operations are yet to be determined.

The County of Lexington does not supply sandbags for public use. Residents with special medical needs need to ensure that they are acquiring the necessary medicines and healthcare equipment to sustain themselves throughout the duration and aftermath of the storm.

 

Residents are urged to monitor local media, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division’s social media channels (@SCEMD) as well as the County’s website (lex-co.sc.gov) and social media channels (Twitter: @CountyLex; Facebook: County of Lexington) for updated information leading up to and throughout the storm.

 

To receive emergency messages from the County of Lexington to your cell phone, sign up for the County’s CodeRED emergency alert system here: https://bit.ly/2MwiiJE


PREPARING FOR HURRICANE FLORENCE

Posted on Friday, September 14th, 2018 at 8:39 am. Posted to Community.

The greatest threats to our area are wind damage and heavy rains that could lead to fallen trees that block roadways and take out power lines. If and when the storm hits, residents are asked to stay at home and off roadways to prevent being stranded on roads with high water or fallen trees. By sheltering at home, you will reduce the chances of needing emergency response by public safety officials and experiencing harm that may result from being stranded in flooded areas.

With a few days to get ready before the anticipated arrival of Florence (currently projected to hit the Midlands this weekend), you can take steps now to secure your residence and lessen storm damage.

1. Storm-Guard Your Home
Make sure gutters are cleaned out, reinforce caulking around windows and doors, check sump pumps and drains to avoid backups, protect attached structures such as carports, porches and decks, and move outdoor furnishings to indoor locations. Also check your roof flashing to make sure it’s secure.

You may also want to consider purchasing a back-up generator in case of power outages. Know how to turn off electricity and gas/propane. Top off fuel for generators and do a test run. Inspect your fire extinguishers and smoke detectors to insure they are working properly.

You may want to trim trees, especially ones with branches that could impact your house with high winds and heavy rains. Secure anything that could be blown into windows or damage vehicles.

Be sure to check with your insurance agent regarding your homeowners coverage and claims process in the event you have storm damage. Be wary of contractors looking to offer repairs. Check to make sure they have business licenses to operate in Chapin, are bonded and insured and ask for references to avoid be scammed.

2. Set-Up Emergency Prep Kit
You will want to make sure you have the following items in the event the storm causes you to lose power for an extended time:

A gallon of water per person per day is recommended. Don’t forget your pets need water, too. Non-perishable food for three days is also recommended. Buy bags of ice and store in coolers once power goes out. Make sure you have pet food and supplies, too.

Flash lights and batteries. You also want to keep your cell phones charged and may want to purchase a back up charger so you can stay in touch with family and friends and get safety alerts. A battery operated radio can also be useful in the event of a power outage.

Wet wipes and hand sanitizer can help ward off germs and be sure your first aid kit is stocked. You will want to make sure you have all your prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines available. If not, visit your pharmacy to refill supplies.

Be sure to have extra clothes that are comfortable and practical. A sturdy pair of shoes that can withstand damp conditions is helpful. And be sure to hit the ATM and get some extra cash for emergency purchases.

3. Stay Alert to News Media and Other Resources
If you have power, stay tuned to local TV and radio stations for the latest updates. The Town will post alerts on our website as power and internet service is available. Be sure to bookmark www.chapinsc.com so you can check for updates. Our Police Department and the Town’s Facebook pages will also push out updates.

We will notify you of closings at Town Hall, emergency shelter locations and hours, any boil water advisories, road closures and other pertinent emergency information.

In the event Town Hall is closed on Monday, September 17, we will update our website and facebook pages.

Your safety and well-being is our biggest concern so please take steps now to avoid having issues in the event Hurricane Florence hits our Chapin community.

Check out these resources for more information:

Emergency Prep Guide

Family Emergency Plan

American Red Cross

Lexington County Emergency Management Division

Shelter in Place

Helpful Phone Numbers

Here are some numbers that may be helpful in the event of an emergency:

Town of Chapin Utilities                        803-605-9711
Chapin Fire Department                       803-345-5185
Chapin Police Department                   803-785-2521
Lexington County Sheriff Dispatch       803-345-5444
SCE&G Power Outage Line                 888-333-4465
SCE&G Gas Leaks

 


Leland Teal Elected To Fill Town Council Seat

Posted on Friday, September 14th, 2018 at 8:32 am. Posted to Community.

Leland Teal, the only candidate to file in the special election to fill a vacant Chapin Town Council, won election Tuesday with 13 of the 14 votes cast.

Teal previously served as a member of the Council from 1981 until 2014, and had served as mayor pro tem.

The seat was left open when former council member Preston Baines resigned in June.

Teal is a life-long resident of Chapin and a graduate of Chapin High School. He has been married to his wife Carol for over 39 years and the pair have two married daughters. They also have a number of grandchildren. He retired after 38-years of working for the State of South Carolina.

Teal’s entire family have been sports legends in Chapin their entire lives. His father and siblings have all been coaches in various sports both recreationally and professionally as teachers. Several Teals have even brought state championships home to Chapin.

Leland Teal himself went to Newberry College on a sports scholarship where he earned his degree. “Coach Teal” is a name that is well-known and could be regularly heard and associated with Teal’s father, his brothers Bart and Gene, or himself on fields, diamonds, and courts across the state.

Over the years, Teal coached girls’ fast pitch softball and American Legion baseball. He has also chaired the Chapin Labor Day Festival and has been a member of Mt. Horeb Lutheran church council.


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