Website aides in disaster re-entry for SC businesses

Updated: Aug. 30, 2018 at 7:21 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - One year after Hurricane Irma formed, a new law is helping get businesses back up and running more quickly after disaster strikes.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division has a new online tool allowing businesses to pre-register for certification for re-entry. The application is set to streamline the process, allowing business leaders to immediately certify their organizations.

"The fastest way for a community to recover from a disaster is by helping local businesses resume normal operations as quickly as possible. This new tool will do that. It makes the process more efficient for both business leaders and our staff, especially under emergency conditions," Kim Stenson, director of SCEMD said.

Business owners that certified prior to the automated system going online still have a valid memorandum of agreement showing they are in good standing with the State of South Carolina. Companies desiring to maintain reentry certification at the end of the three year period need simply to go online and re-certify.

EMD officials can still deny access to any areas deemed unsafe. You can find additional details on registration by visiting the SCEMD website.

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