Hurricane Hugo from NOAA. 21 September 1989. Wikimedia Commons.
From earthquakes to hurricanes and droughts, South Carolina faces many different kinds of natural disasters.
SC Emergency Management Division
Learn what you can do to protect yourself and your family in the event of each hazard.
- Early Season South Carolina Hurricanes
There have been 23 storms in late May and June in South Carolina in the last 250 years.
- Hurricane Preparedness
Find out what you can do to prepare for the hurricane season.
- Coastal Evacuation Maps
In the event of a hurricane evacuation, find out the route you should take.
- Hurricane Name Game
Can you match the hurricane with the satellite image?
- "The Scourging Wrath of God:" Early Hurricanes in Charleston, 1700 -1804
What was living through a hurricane like before early detection systems?
- Hurricane Hugo images
See infrared and radar images of Hurricane Hugo, a Category 4 hurricane when it hit South Carolina on September 22, 1989.
Earthquakes and other Natural Disasters
|Charleston, S.C. - Corner of Cumberland and East Bay Streets. Wm. M. Bird & Co. (Paint and Builder's Suppliers). Following the earthquake, Sept., 1886. (Wm. E. Wilson, Landscape Photographer, Savannah GA.) Image courtesy of The Urban Landscape Digital Image Access Project at Duke University.|
- SC Prehistoric Earthquakes
Geologists have evidence of several large earthquakes during the last 5,000 years.
- Earthquakes in South Carolina
Learn about several earthquakes that have been felt in South Carolina since 1886.
- Fault Map
Does a fault line run under your hometown?
- Charleston Earthquake of 1886
Read first person accounts of the Charleston Earthquake and see pictures of the damage.
- Important Fires of South Carolina
Learn about several fires that caused significant damage in South Carolina.