Josh Floyd

Production Assistant

Josh Floyd is a South Carolina native, recently graduating from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Media Arts. During his time at USC he spent three years hosting a weekly radio show for college station WUSC, was a member of the station’s news team, and interned at local radio station WXRY. He has also helped organize live events and produce short films. As one of the newest members of the South Carolina Public Radio team, Josh produces radio and web features related to flood recovery. 

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On May 8th and 9th, the Columbia Metropolitan Airport housed a two day training exercise to test emergency preparedness and response. The event was organized by the South Carolina Forestry Commission with the National Disaster Medical System. The exercise involved a mock disaster which would require people to be flown in for distribution to area medical facilities for further treatment. After facing two consecutive years of natural disasters, the 1,000-year flood in 2015 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016, it’s important for South Carolina to be prepared for whatever event might come next.

Sumter Fire Department Reopens Flooded Training Facility
Sumter Fire Dept. Facebook Page

It's been 19 months since the October 2015 flood. During this time, the Sumter Fire Department has held classroom training exercises in a portable acquired from the local school district. The classrooms in the department's training facility took on over 20 inches of water and sustained $500,000 in damages. The department recently celebrated the reopening of the facility. Battalion Chief Joey Duggan said it's a mixture of old and new that will better serve the area. South Carolina Public Radio's Thelisha Eaddy reports.

Grand Stand at the Springdale Race Course.
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The Carolina Cup was held in Camden, South Carolina on April 1st. The annual event started all the way back in 1930. Crowds nearing 70,000 in number arrived in their finest spring attire to tailgate and watch some horse races. 

Upon arrival at the Springdale Race Course, attendees are greeted by vendors selling food and various head-to-toe attire ranging from water-proof boots to giant, sun-blocking hats. Jockeys were posing for pictures in exchange for donations to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.

For the past two years, South Carolina has suffered back-to-back disasters. The thousand year flood in 2015 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016 damaged homes, took lives, and crippled businesses. One of the businesses hit the hardest by these events was farming. For farmers, the setbacks from the storms were massive. Federal Recovery Programs offered little help and insurance didn’t completely cover damages. Only what is harvested can be insured, so when disasters two years in a row lead to low yields for farmers, the insurance just wasn’t going to cut it.

Megan Doty (left), 628th Security Forces Squadron unit program coordinator, files out her travel voucher with Senior Airman James Hauck, 628th Comptroller Squadron financial technician.
Airman 1st Class Thomas T. Charlton

Last October, Hurricane Matthew brought considerable devastation to South Carolina in the form of strong winds and crippling floods. For the military men and women stationed at Joint Base Charleston, this created unique issues. They needed to safely evacuate the military base while also providing help to those in worse conditions. The decision was made to have air force members by-pass emergency shelters and instead find alternative living accommodations, like family, friends, or even hotels.