Anderson County Emergency Operation Downgraded

Now operating at OPCON 4

Patrick Gentry
September 12, 2017 - 5:37 pm

At 4:00 p.m., the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Division downgraded the operational status of its Emergency Operations Center to OPCON 4 as response efforts move to damage assessment and recovery.

OPCON 4 is an indication that the threat of any additional, emergency, storm-related needs has passed. All non-essential Emergency Support Functions (ESF) and resources will begin to demobilize in preparation for a return to normal, day-to-day operations.

The shelter at Anderson Civic Center, which opened on Sunday to house Hurricane Irma evacuees, closed at 3:00 p.m. today. All evacuees have either returned home or were relocated to alternate housing facilities. At its peak, the shelter welcomed 49 individuals and 2 pets.

Assessment teams will be canvassing the County over the next couple of days to identify structures damaged by downed trees and high winds. Residents who believe they may have significant structural damage in need of evaluation should call the Anderson County Assessor’s Office at (864) 260-4028 or email [email protected] to arrange for a representative to inspect their property.

Significant structural damage means a tree or other debris has fallen on a building and penetrated the roof, sections of the roof have blown off (not just a few shingles), or windows have been blown out.

For any additional downed trees in the roadway and not on private property, the emergency debris removal line has now been transitioned over to the Anderson County Public Works Division. Residents with information about debris blocking roads is asked to call (864) 260-4190.


24-hour Event statistics

Totals calls received by dispatchers – 2,195

Total calls dispatched for service – 1,949

Calls directly related to downed trees and/or power lines: 1,095

Structures significantly damage by downed trees - 19

Sheltered persons – 49

Sheltered animals – 2 (1 cat & 1 dog)

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