The City of Columbia Police (CPD) and Fire Departments (CFD), Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) will begin concentrated search and rescue operations tomorrow morning, Monday, October 5, 2015.
First responders from each agency will continue life-saving efforts for City of Columbia and Richland County residents who need to be evacuated.
The operation will also include overall welfare checks and a stability assessment of buildings, homes and other structures after the flood damage.
Crews will mark the front door of the home with a bright fluorescent orange ‘X,’
once a residence/building has been checked.
After the rescue, citizens will be taken out of the flood zone in military vehicles, and then driven by bus to a designated safe zone shelter in the area.
This is a voluntary evacuation. ** Please note: Not leaving a location can create a dangerous situation for citizens and first responders. **
It has been advised that citizens should only take the essential items with them during the rescue mission such as vital prescriptions, or anything that you can bring in a small overnight bag. Only pets in cages can be transported with a citizen.
Citizens who need to be rescued should call 9-1-1.
Aside from an address, citizens should provide dispatchers with a description of their home, including the level/area of the home where they can be found.