South Carolina State Bill 5299 authorizes businesses to register for post-disaster reentry certification. A business must be in good standing with the office of the South Carolina Secretary of State in order to be certified. The program is free and is administered by the South Carolina Emergency Management Division and South Carolina Department of Commerce. Possessing Business Reentry Certification does not prohibit local officials from denying access to an area based on life, health, or safety considerations. County and municipal governance may have separate reentry procedures. Local ordinances or policies are not usurped by the State Business Reentry Certificate. Please check with the local emergency management official in the parental county where your business resides.
In accordance with Act No. 236, a business must be registered and found in good standing with the South Carolina Secretary of State’s Office in order to register for the SC State Business Reentry Program and receive a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). There are three categories of businesses that are not required to register with the Secretary of State’s Office and therefore, will not receive an MOA: Sole Proprietorships, General Partnerships, and Federal Banks.
While they will not receive a MOA, they can be added to the Emergency Support Function (ESF) – 24 Business & Industry disaster update listserv. To be added to the listserv, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the company name, contact name(s), county, and contact email address and phone number you would like added.
We highly recommend reaching out to your local emergency management office, as some counties have their own local reentry programs.
Note: Only one Post-Disaster Reentry Registration Number is required for businesses with multiple office locations. The agent from your business with authority to enter into the Memorandum of Agreement with the State of South Carolina should be the person that makes the request for post-disaster reentry certification.