Contact Information
321 S Harper St.
Laurens, SC 29360
Mail: P.O. Box 1396
Laurens, SC 29360
Phone: 864-984-4731
Fax: 864-984-0900
Director: Joey Avery, ENP, SC CEM
Email: Joey Avery
Administrative Assistant: Angela Leopard, SC CEM
Email: Angela Leopard

What is Emergency Management


Emergency Management is the combined efforts of  local, state and federal governments to protect the citizens from the effects of disasters, both natural and manmade. The local Office of Emergency Management works to identify and analyze the hazards that may face Laurens County and develop contingency plans for each hazard. The plans are regularly  tested, refined and tested again, all with the goal of protecting or saving  lives and property.


The Office of Emergency Management uses a four-phase approach  to emergencies: Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery, which  is known collectively as the Emergency Management Cycle


Emergency Management Cycle


Mitigation - Activities which are designed to either prevent  the occurrence of an emergency or minimize the potentially adverse effects  of an emergency, including zoning/building code ordinances and enforcement of land use regulations.


Preparedness - Activities, programs and systems which exist  prior to an emergency and are used to support and enhance response to  an emergency or disaster. Public education, planning, training, and exercising  are among the activities conducted under this phase.


Response - Activities and programs designed to address  the immediate effects of  the onset of an emergency or disaster and help  to reduce casualties, damage , and to speed recovery.  Coordination, Warning,  Evacuation, and Mass Care are examples of Response.


Recovery - Activities involving restoring systems to normal.  Recovery actions are taken to assess damage and return vital life support  systems to minimum operating standards; long term recovery may continue for many years.

Code Red

To help grow our database with the most reliable information, we are strongly encouraging everyone to register on our Code Red Community Notification Enrollment Page (CNE).  The secure, customized CNE page allows our residents and businesses to add or update their contact information to ensure they will be included when an emergency, general, or weather message is sent – unlisted numbers, mobile numbers, TD/TTY requirements can all be entered.  Below are some advantages of the Weather Notification service provided by Code Red:

With everyone taking a moment to fill out the CNE, we can ensure the citizens of Laurens County receive timely notifications via multiple platforms (email, cell, landline, text).  If you wish to receive these notifications, please click on the logo above:



The Staff

Joey Avery, ENP, SC CEM, Director

Mr. Avery was named Director of the Laurens County Emergency Management Agency on October 2008.  Mr. Avery has been the Director of Laurens County 911 since December 16, 1991.