Tabitha Safdi

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.'

FEMA Urges Residents in Southeast to Prepare for Potentially Life-Threatening Flooding Residents Advised to Turn Around, Don’t Drown

By Tabitha Safdi

Turn AroundThe Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency is urging residents in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee to closely monitor the potential for significant flooding, follow the direction of state, local and tribal officials, and review their household emergency preparedness plans. Many portions of the eastern U.S. are currently experiencing heavy rains and gusty winds associated with a frontal system, according to the National Weather Service. These heavy rains are likely to continue for the next few days, even if the center of Hurricane Joaquin...

Flash Flood Warnings Continue Statewide

By Tabitha Safdi

Wentworth and BarreSignificant rainfall has continued across South Carolina throughout the night and forecasters expect severe weather conditions for the next several days. The South Carolina Emergency Operations Center is fully activated at Operating Condition 3 by state agencies of the State Emergency Response Team for the duration of the incident. As of 9:20 a.m. Saturday, October 3, 2015: § There are currently 34 warnings and advisories in effect for South Carolina, including flash flood warnings for seven counties and flood warnings for 14 counties issued by the National Weather Service. § Horry County...

S.C. Governor Declares State of Emergency

By Tabitha Safdi

Haley-SOEVideo from U.S. National Weather's Service, Turn Around Don't Drown PSA Governor Nikki Haley has declared a State of Emergency in advance of any potential impacts from Hurricane Joaquin and flooding from a separate weather system. The Governor’s State of Emergency declaration puts state emergency plans into effect, enabling agencies to better coordinate resources jointly and respond to requests for state assistance from county emergency managers. According to the Weather Channel , "Hurricane Joaquin intensified to an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm Thursday afternoon and continues to...

Knowitall Media Meets S.C. at the Intersection of Education and Technology

By Tabitha Safdi

Knowitall HomepageAt the intersection of education and technology lives South Carolina's Knowitall Media. Knowitall Media features a wide assortment of video content from the original Knowitall.org . The Knowitall team is continually adding content to bring education to your fingertips. Knowitall Media features videos that are optimized for tablets and mobile devices. “For our users, a little bit of spare time can be turned instantly productive because the learning can continue in between other tasks,” says Mimi Wortham-Brown, SCETV’s archivist and a member of ETV's web services staff. “I enjoy pulling content...

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