President Obama signs SC emergency declaration

The (Columbia) StateFebruary 12, 2014 

— South Carolina received a federal declaration of emergency on Wednesday evening -- meaning the state can request generators, bottled water, meals and other services from Washington, D.C., if needed.

The Federal Emergency Management Administration approved S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley's request for an emergency declaration she submitted early Wednesday.

The federal government would pay for 75 percent of the services, while South Carolina would pay for the rest.

Haley said at a news conference at the state's emergency operations center that her request was “really more precautionary just in case we need generators, (food), water, anything to supplement what we already need. It is more of me just making sure we’re ahead of the curve.”

In a letter to President Barack Obama, Haley said the state estimates more than 600,000 people could lose power for up to two weeks. She requested help for "stranded motorists, isolated citizens, medical emergencies, downed trees, road debris, and numerous and widespread power outages."

In her letter, Haley noted the state "continues to recover" from last month's winter storm, noting the state has spent more than $2 million to pay for those problems.

Haley issued a state of emergency Tuesday that activated the S.C. National Guard and a state emergency operations center. resources necessary to respond to the storm and its aftermath.

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