Olivia Aldridge

How Welcoming Hurricane Katrina Evacuees Shaped Response to Recent Weather Emergencies in the South

February 20, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Olivia Aldridge
Sam Tenenbaum became known as "the man with the cigar" during his leadership of SC Cares. The name has stuck.

Back in January, a diverse group of Midlands community members congregated at the United Way of the Midlands . Among the 20 or so assembled guests were lawyers, businesspeople, nonprofit staffers, and a vet. What they held in common was their shared action after a terrible...

Two Years After a Historic Flood, Farmers Continue to Recover

January 31, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Olivia Aldridge
Adyson Ashley holds one of the birds in her flock.

In September 2015, many farmers in South Carolina were looking forward to a promising harvest. The drought that began in 2014 had subsided in time for at least one crop to flourish remarkably well: by the time October rolled in, full, glistening fields of white cotton...

Columbia's Inclement Weather Center: Shelter from Cold, Flood and Gale

December 22, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Olivia Aldridge
The Inclement Weather Center is located at 191 Calhoun Street, and opens on winter nights that are forecasted at 40 degrees or below.

Winter is an especially difficult time of year for unhoused South Carolinians. As temperatures dip below freezing throughout the season, the threat of hypothermia is ever-present. That’s why several nonprofits in the Midlands have forged together each winter since 2014 to...

South Carolina Looks Back on an Active Hurricane Season

December 15, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Olivia Aldridge
A satellite view of Hurricane irma on September 5, 2017.

Last month, the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season finally came to a close. From June 1 to Nov. 30, South Carolinians were encouraged by SCEMD and other state agencies to be on high alert, especially after the severe storm impacts the state received during the 2015 and 2016...

S.C. Mayors Unite in Their Stance on Climate Change

November 15, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Olivia Aldridge
Mayor Terence Roberts of Anderson wearing a blue jacket and red tie

Since President Trump announced the U.S. would exit the Paris Climate Agreement back in June, redoubled support for the agreement has come from the local level, with mayors from around the nation pledging their cities' support for the Agreement. Here in South Carolina,...

"I Made It Here: I'm Back": The Midlands Flood Recovery Group Celebrates 200 Home Repairs

October 25, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Olivia Aldridge
Teenagers in blue shirts laugh together while standing against a wall

Early this month, South Carolina reached the 2-year anniversary of the devastating October 2015 rain event, offering a natural opportunity to pause and observe the many tragedies that the widespread flooding wrought, and the many triumphs of recovery that have followed. The...

"I Made It Here: I'm Back": The Midlands Flood Recovery Group Celebrates 200 Home Repairs

October 25, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Olivia Aldridge
Teenagers in blue shirts laugh together while standing against a wall

Early this month, South Carolina reached the 2-year anniversary of the devastating rains of October 2015, offering a natural opportunity to pause and observe the many tragedies that the widespread flooding wrought, and the many triumphs of recovery that have followed. The...

As Hurricane Season Continues, Local Seniors Remain Vigilant in Preparing for Possible Storms

October 11, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Olivia Aldridge
Instructors for Richland County's Flood Ready Seniors event present to the attendees at the Garner's Ferry Adult Activity Center

If the past two years have taught South Carolinians anything, it’s that disasters are never out of the question, especially during hurricane season. County officials across the state have placed emphasis throughout 2017’s hurricane season on preparing the public for weather...

Learning the "Narrative" | Endowment Intern Olivia Aldridge

July 6, 2016 - Posted in SCETV Summer Interns by Olivia Aldridge
Intern Aldridge in the radio studio

I have been interning with South Carolina Public Radio for six weeks now, and it’s gone by unbelievably quickly. While this isn’t my first internship rodeo, the offices at South Carolina Public Radio are a stark change from where I’ve worked in the past. My previous...