The Beaufort County Emergency Management Division, under the direction of the Beaufort County Sheriff, is the lead emergency management agency for all of Beaufort County. They have a direct link to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, and during emergencies they coordinate all response activities countywide through the Beaufort County Emergency Operations Center. The County Emergency Operations Center is staffed by critical support functions and representatives from all municipalities and military bases in the county as well as representatives from the Beaufort County School District.
Following the Governor’s lifting of an evacuation order, a policy group made up of senior representatives in the Emergency Operations Center provide input to the Beaufort County Emergency Manager regarding re-entry procedures.
The Town of Bluffton follows the directives of Beaufort County Emergency Management during a hurricane or critical incident. The Town of Bluffton activates its own Emergency Operations Center, within the Bluffton Police Department, and its representatives are available to assist you with information during a storm event.