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City of Aiken Emergency Preparedness

Many Aikenites are concerned about the possibility of a public health emergency such as a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or disease outbreak. You can take steps now to help you prepare for an emergency and cope if an emergency happens. To help you prepare, we’ve compiled a list of local, state, and national information resources that you can learn from beforehand to protect yourself and your loved ones.


National Weather Service

(Aiken, SC Weather)

The National Weather Service is a component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA is an Operating Unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The NWS provides weather, water, and climate data, forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property and enhancement of the national economy.

Launched in February 2003, Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDCs Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) is committed to strengthening the nation’s health security by saving lives and protecting against public health threats, whether at home or abroad, natural or man-made.

Health security depends on the ability of our nation to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from public health threats. To ensure that, PHPR supports our state, local, tribal, and territorial partners by providing funding, building capacity, offering technical assistance, and championing their critical role in protecting the public’s health


South Carolina Emergency Management

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division, a division of the Adjutant General’s Office, is the coordinating agency responsible for the statewide emergency management program.  SCEMD’s mission is to develop, coordinate, and lead the state emergency management program, enabling effective preparation for, response to and recovery from emergencies and disasters in order to save lives, reduce human suffering and minimize property loss.


Aiken County Emergency Management

The Aiken County Emergency Management Division coordinates the county’s integrated emergency management system through partnerships with all emergency response organizations, voluntary agencies, private non –profit organizations and other support services, to ensure efficient preparation for, effective response to, and timely recovery from emergencies and disasters to reduce human suffering and property loss.

Aiken County Help Line

When disaster happens, 2-1-1 is here for you. Trained and certified Call Specialists are standing by to help at no charge to callers. Aiken County Help Line 2-1-1 links callers with help and information during disasters. Help Line shares updated information on evacuation zones, shelters, food, service hours, clothing, and assistance with basic needs. We also provide listening support to victims experiencing distress.

CodeRED Emergency Alerts

The CodeRED emergency alerty system delivers real-time emergency, community, missing person and severe weather alerts to users within the exact area of impact. Alerts are initiated by public safety officials who use the CodeRED community notification system to effectively alert and inform residents to save lives.

Emergency Alert Radio Stations / NOAA Weather Radio

The following radio and television stations are key participants in the Emergency Alert System and the SC ETV Radio Network. They broadcast emergency information throughout the state, as do numerous other radio and television stations.

Radio Stations (Aiken)
WBBQ 104.3 FM
WEKL 105.7 FM
WLJK 89.1 FM
NOAA Weather Radio Frequencies (Aiken)
Television Stations / Digital Antenna (Aiken)
WRDW 12.1DT – 12RF
WJBF 6.1DT – 42RF
WAGT 26.1DT – 30RF
WFXG 54.1DT – 31RF