Obama declares state of emergency in South Carolina

Staff Reports

President Obama declared a state of emergency in South Carolina and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local response efforts due to emergency conditions due to Hurricane Matthew.

A State of Emergency authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts in order to alleviate the hardship and suffering on locals. The act also provides appropriate assistance for required emergency measures to save lives, protect property, and public health and safety, and also aims to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe.

Emergency protective measures will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.

On Tuesday Governor Nikki Haley declared a state of emergency, as well as the evacuation of several counties throughout the state.