EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE
EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER
1509 Walhalla Highway
Pickens, SC  29671
Phone: (864) 898-5945
Fax: (864) 898-5947

Chuck Haynes,
Emergency Management Director

Denise Kwiatek,
Emergency Management Deputy Director

Jay Link,
Emergency Management Coordinator

MISSION

Pickens County Emergency Management  coordinates and integrates all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve “the capability” to mitigate against, prepare for, protect against, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism or other manmade disasters.

Pickens County has a comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) that is approved by
the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This plan is updated annually, or as needed.
Components of this plan include: Response to Terrorism Plan, Mass Causality Plan, Mass
Fatalities Plan, Hazardous Material Response Plan, Fixed Nuclear Response Plan, Animal
Disaster Relief Plan, Disaster Assistance Plan and Continuous Operations Plan for Inclement
Weather Occurrences.

The Emergency Operation Center (EOC) is equipped with various communications systems -
radio and telephone, displays and maps, weather monitoring systems, and siren encoder for
the Oconee Nuclear Sirens. The EOC has the capability of staffing 24/7 should a disaster
occur. The EOC staffing is composed of representatives from various county departments,
state government and industry. This facility is equipped with generator backup power and an
uninterupted power supply (UPS) system which enables the EOC to function during power
outages.  Pickens County endorses and integrates the training, concepts and doctorine of the
National Response Framework (NRF), the Incident Command System (ICS) and the National
Incident Management System (NIMS).

DIVISIONS OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
Hazardous Materials Response Unit (HAZMAT) 
(Terrorism Response)
Volunteer Rescue Squads
Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) Communications (Amateur
Radio Operators)
Dive Team