We recognize that many of you are operating under constrained budgets and we have worked hard to ensure that we continue to support emergency management planning and decision making in the state.  The South Carolina Emergency Management Division has been very supportive of our efforts and has made it possible to make much of our data and analysis available to you.

It has come to our attention that some GIS and Emergency Management professionals are not aware that all of our SHELDUS® and Integrated Hazard Assessment Data (IHAT) for the state of South Carolina have always been ABSOLUTELY FREE and will continue to be free for those users working on projects in-state.

Users can download any amount of SC SHELDUS data after creating a free account at  If you encounter an issue with downloading SHELDUS® data please contact either Melanie Gall ( or me ( and we will help you out.

You can download any of the data from IHAT to use in your own GIS at by clicking on the Resource tab on the right side of the screen and selecting one of the links under Data Download.

In addition, the following mapping and analysis resources are available to you free of charge

  1. Social Vulnerability Index (SoVI®) –
  2. Integrated Hazard Assessment Tool (IHAT) –
  3. Mapping platform –
  4. County Loss assessment –
  5. County Hazard Frequency Assessment –


All of the SHELDUS and IHAT data, including symbology packages are housed on SCEMD’s ftp server.  That data also has unique IDs for each county so that those with GIS expertise can quickly create maps for your areas of interest.  Please contact the State Hazard Mitigation Officer – Katie Norris – for credentials to this space.

Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Chris Emrich

Associate Director &

Associate Research Professor

Hazards & Vulnerability Research Institute

Department of Geography

University of South Carolina

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