Welcome to Anderson County Emergency Services, a Division of the Anderson County, SC Sheriff's Office. We would like to welcome you to our site, and hope that you will find this a useful resource.
On this site you will find a wealth of information for preparing for an emergency, and what steps you can take to insure your family's safety. We would like to take a moment to call your attention to some of the special features and pages on this site. One of the pages will inform you of our text messaging service. This service will send to your cell phone emergency messages. You can find out more from our Text Messaging page.
Another page is information about our soon coming "Radio Ready" program that will be providing emergency message alerts to some of the area radio stations. It can be found at our Radio Ready page.
There is also information about our Community Emergency Response Team (CERTS) on our CERTS page, and information about the Anderson County Local Emergency Planning Committee on our LEPC Page. Other pages on the site deal with our Enhanced E-911 division.
We are also a member of the Western Piedmont Regional Emergency Management Task Force. Click here for more information about the task force.
At Anderson County Emergency Services we are the County's 24 hour warning point, and our goal is provide Anderson County a high level of public safety and public service.
ANDERSON COUNTY IS NOW A SafeTown™
Find out more about SafeTown™ in Anderson County, brought to you by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and Anderson County Emergency Services. SafeTown™ is a powerful collection of internet apps that will help us work together with you to make our community a better, safer place to live. We’re proud that Anderson County is a SafeTown™. Click on the SafeTown™ logo on the upper left to learn more.
New 911 Center Now Open
The New Anderson County E-911 dispatch Center is now open at the former Federal Administration building at the Anderson Airport. This new center replaced the current center that was severely damaged in July 2011 by lightning, and provides enhanced service to the county.
For more information, view the short video on the right.
Anderson County is now Nationally Certified as a National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) 9-1-1 Call Center Partner.
Anderson County is now one of only 70 agencies nationwide, and the only one in South Carolina, to have proven their commitment to protecting our children by completing all the necessary steps to become a National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 9-1-1 Call Center Partner. The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office E-911 center achieved this status by successfully completing all of the necessary requirements to become a NCMEC 9-1-1 Call Center Partner. The process started in 2010 when Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper, Anderson City Police Chief Martin Brown, Deputy Chief of Emergency Services Taylor Jones, and several key individuals in County Emergency Management/E-9-1-1 attended a seminar at the NCMEC headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. From that seminar the commitment was made to make the Anderson County Unified E-9-1-1 Center a National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 9-1-1 Call Center Partner.
Every year 800,000 children go missing in the United States. That’s more than 2,000 children per day. Every 9-1-1 call center must have in place policies and training to help ensure every missing and sexually exploited child is given the best chance to be found alive and unharmed.
Calls about missing/sexually exploited children can become high profile events that can have a devastating impact on the victims’ families, our community, and even our 9-1-1 call center. That’s why very 9-1-1- call involving missing and/or sexually exploited children must be handled with the best practices available. The Anderson County Sheriff's Office E-911 Communications division has put policies in place, along with additional training to help ensure that every missing or sexually exploited child is given the best chance to be found alive. Time is critical when responding to reports of missing or sexually exploited children. How these reports are handled is important and can mean the difference between life and death for many children. For many years there was no standardized process that was used by the nation's 9-1-1 Call Centers when answering these types of calls. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) developed an intensive set of training and standard that addresses that problem which provides a step-by-step protocol of how call takers should handle calls of missing or sexually exploited children.
NCMEC urges every 9-1-1 Call Center in the country to begin using the new standard, and strongly recommends that all state officials follow the lead of other agencies that have completed this process, such as Anderson County, to implement the standard at each of their 9-1-1 Call Centers.
Planning for Disaster, A Senior Officials Workshop
ANDERSON - A Senior Officials Workshop was held at the new Anderson County Emergency Operations Center on Friday, August 31, 2012. Various officials from around the county attended. In attendance were Sheriff John Skipper, Interim County Administrator Rusty Burns, and Emergency Services Deputy Chief Taylor Jones along with several members of the Anderson County Council, including Council Chairman Tom Allen.
County Fire, EMS, and Emergency Services personnel were also on hand, plus representatives from the cities of Williamston, Belton, Honea Path, and Pendleton.
The program opened with a video produced in-house by the Anderson County sheriff’s Office. The program was lead by Stan McKinney with the Center for Homeland Defense and Security. The program focused on how communities and leadership prepare, respond, and deal with a major natural or man-made disaster. Looking at tornados, as an example, the program was half instructional and half an open discussion among all the participants. In that venue the participants were able to share ideas on how to improve on what local authorities can do, and explored ways to enhance mutual aid and timely information to the public.
Anderson County, which is a member of the Western Piedmont Regional Emergency Management Task Force, has always had a good working relationship with our various partners, not just in the county, but in the region. It is the goal to have regular meetings several times a year to pre-plan for the problems we may face in our region.