Fruitmania Garden School for Home Gardeners

This January 17, home gardeners have an opportunity to learn about growing fruit in their own back yards at the Fruitmania Garden School at Cypress Gardens. The all day school will have lectures on citrus, strawberries, blueberries, local pollinators and more. In addition there is a Jam and Jelly Contest, and vendors will be selling fruit trees, plants, honey and more. The cost for entry is $35 and lunch is included. No tickets will be sold at the door, so to pre-register go to:

2014 SC Earthquake Awareness Week

Governor Nikki Haley has proclaimed Earthquake Awareness Week for 2014 be observed October 12-18 in South Carolina. The S.C. Emergency Management Division encourages everyone to take this opportunity to learn about our state’s seismic fault system and how best to prepare for earthquakes. A highlight of the week will be the Great Southeast ShakeOut on Thursday, October 16 at 10:16 in the morning.

Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

Berkeley County is completing its update of the county’s 2010 Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) as required every five years by FEMA. The 2014 HMP update will address how the county and its municipalities will plan for mitigation of multiple natural hazards including flood, wind, fire, earthquake, thunderstorms and winter/ice storms. The 2014 HMP Plan will also include descriptions and assessments, then prioritize the risk of each of the natural hazards.