Hurricane Preparedness Training Exercise

For Immediate Release                Contact: Whitney Hoskins



Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Dorchester County and The Chamber prepare local businesses for hurricane season

Summerville, SC - Wednesday, June 04, 2014 – Dorchester County Economic Development in cooperation with the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce hosted a free Hurricane Preparedness Training Exercise for local industry and small businesses on Wednesday, June 4.

More than 40 participants discussed their current emergency disaster plan and identified areas of concentration. Dorchester County Emergency Management director, Mario Formisano and Scott Cave, CBCP for Atlantic Business Continuity Services, guided the exercise using a mock hurricane scenario from pre-storm preparation to response and recovery.

“It's imperative for our local business and industry to be prepared for disasters,” said Formisano.  “During disaster recovery we're striving to get back to our 'new normal'. This can’t be accomplished if our businesses aren’t ready to open.”

In conclusion, participating businesses received a “readiness” score for various extreme weather conditions and were provided suggestions on ways to improve and implement an effective plan. 

About Dorchester County Economic Development

Dorchester County Economic Development is the organization focused on fostering economic prosperity within the County. Our mission is to create an environment that supports new business growth and retention enabling companies to succeed for generations. In addition, we work to strengthen and prepare our community for the future. Through such efforts, we aim to provide our citizens with the opportunities to grow and prosper in Dorchester County. For more information, please visit or call (843) 875-9109.

About the Greater Summerville/ Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce

Since its establishment in 1911, the Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce has been an integral part of the growth of Summerville and the surrounding areas. Our mission is to protect and promote the quality of life in the community, with specific emphasis on improving economic vitality and providing a favorable business climate. For more information, please visit, or call (843) 873-2931.