The SCEMD Wants You to Know Your Zone


Columbia, South Carolina - South Carolinians and visitors can learn about hurricane evacuation zones and their vulnerability to storm surge on the coast with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) Know Your Zone campaign.

South Carolina’s eight coastal counties are split into three regions and within each county there are corresponding letter and color codes that match the interactive maps found on the SCEMD Know Your Zone website tool ( and the SC Emergency Manager app that is available on the Google Play and Apple App Store.
SC Emergency Manager AppImage courtesy of the South Carolina Emergency Management Division

· Northern Hurricane Region

o Horry County (A, B, and C Zones)

o Georgetown County (A, B, and C Zones)

· Central Hurricane Region

o Charleston County (A, B, and C Zones)

o Dorchester County (D, E and F Zones)

o Berkeley County (B, G and H Zones)

· Southern Hurricane Region

o Colleton County (A and B Zones)

o Beaufort County (B Zone)

o Jasper County (A and B Zones)
The map of the South Carolina coastal region broken down by region, county and zones.Image courtesy of the South Carolina Emergency Management Division

The location-based system works by entering your home address or zip code, or the address or zip code of your desired location. Users can also click the “Use Your Location” button to quickly give the status of their current location. Users also can zoom in and out of the map as well as move around to review any other areas of interest. The SC Emergency Manager app and SCEMD Know Your Zone website tool reflect the National Hurricane Center’s predictions like storm surges. South Carolina state and local authorities will announce evacuations by these predesignated zones.

The Know Your Zone campaign was developed by the Horry County Emergency Management Department as a result of the information contained in the South Carolina Hurricane Evacuation Study that was released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the US Army Corps of Engineers in 2012. Since its creation, all coastal counties in South Carolina have adopted the Know Your Zone campaign as a way to let citizens know the best ways to prepare for the landfall of a major hurricane.

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