Tabitha Safdi

SCETV's Role During the South Carolina Floods 2015

By Tabitha Safdi

SC FloodIn October of 2015 South Carolina experienced historic levels of rainfall leading to flooding around the state. This is a short video about SCETV's role during the South Carolina floods of 2015.

Santa Reveals a Secret to the Children of South Carolina

By Tabitha Safdi

SantaChristmas is around the corner and we, the good folks at Palmetto Scene, decided to interview the man in red himself. Santa Claus took a few minutes out of his busy holiday schedule to answer a few of our pressing questions. In the interest of the children of South Carolina we asked Santa, "How is your naughty and nice list shaping up this year?" Santa's surprising answer can be heard in the video. To find out Santa’s whereabouts on Christmas Eve, use the NORAD Santa Tracker .

Research Shows Diet Beverage Drinkers Tend to Eat Unhealthy Food

By Tabitha Safdi

SodaDo you prefer fries with your diet soda? If the answer is yes, you are not alone. And you may not be “saving” as many calories as you think, drinking those diet beverages. University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Ruopeng An found that diet beverage drinkers compensate by eating a greater percentage of unhealthy foods. The study examined the dietary habits of more than 22,000 adults and found that diet drink consumers compensate for the absence of calories by eating foods high in fats, cholesterol and calories. According to the press release, “An compiled a 661-item...

S.C. DSS and The Salvation Army Teamed Up To Give Temporary Housing to Flood Victims

By Tabitha Safdi

HouseThe S.C. Department of Social Services and The Salvation Army have teamed up to give flood victims a place to stay, after being made homeless by the flood. According to WIS , at one point, there were over 900 flood victims staying in shelters in S.C. The DSS moved a number of these victims into the Days Inn on Garners Ferry Road after the flood, so that they had a temporary place to stay. The flood victims were told that they could stay in the hotel for two weeks, but they were asked by the hotel to leave early and with an hour’s notice to gather their belongings and exit the hotel. The DSS...

Chester Park School of Inquiry Wins 2013 WhatWorksSC Award

By Tabitha Safdi

Chester Park SchoolOver the past few years, the Richard W. Riley Institute at Furman University has been studying education in South Carolina to learn about programs that work. On October 16, 2013, three programs were recognized at the WhatWorksSC awards. The goal of the awards is to engage educators, students, policy makers and other stakeholders in discussion and dialogue about education in the state. The 2013 Award Winner was the Chester Park School of Inquiry’s Project-Based Learning Initiative. The initiative was created to improve student learning through authentic and engaging learning experiences. This...

S.C. Flood: Thursday Update

By Tabitha Safdi

floodAs nearly 300 state, federal and voluntary partners cooperate to aid South Carolina’s citizens, the scope of the flooding and its impact are coming into sharp focus. As of Wednesday night, residents of 16 counties (Berkeley, Charleston, Clarendon, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter, Williamsburg, Calhoun, Darlington, Florence, Kershaw and Lee) are eligible for Individual Assistance from federal authorities. Survivors who sustained losses in the designated counties can apply for assistance by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621...

S.C. Flood: Applying for Federal Assistance

By Tabitha Safdi

FloodFederal Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the flooding. To apply for federal assistance, visit DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-3362. Documents and materials needed to begin the application process: • Social Security number • Current and pre-disaster address • A telephone number where you can be contacted • Insurance information • Total household annual income • A routing and account number from your bank (only...

Useful Resources for Dealing with the #scFloods

By Tabitha Safdi

floodThe Governor is urging all South Carolinians to stay off the road. Many highways and roads have been closed due to flooding and damage. According to the Gov. Haley in a recent press conference "this storm is not over yet." Catastrophic flash flooding to continue into Monday. Tropical moisture combined with a stalled front along the coast will continue to produce widespread and record-setting heavy rains through Monday. The Governor is urging all South Carolinians to stay off the road. Many highways and roads have been closed due to flooding and damage. For more information visit the South...

Flooding Across the Palmetto State

By Tabitha Safdi

FloodCatastrophic flash flooding to continue into Monday. Tropical moisture combined with a stalled front along the coast will continue to produce widespread and record-setting heavy rains through Monday. Here's what many are saying across South Carolina on social media . South Carolina Emergency Management is asking people to safely remain where you are due to severve weather and flash flooding. The National Weather Service is calling this a 'once in a 200 year rainfall event.'

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