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.

Two years after the historic 1,000-year flood, and one year after Hurricane Matthew, it’s hard to imagine that being too dry is a threat for South Carolina, but that is the case when it comes to the spread of wildfires. While April usually sees the end of fire season, more and larger wildfires are expected this year due to a severe drought in the upstate, says Doug Wood, Director of Communications for the South Carolina Forestry Commission. While wildfires can pose a very real danger, there are also ways to prevent serious damage.

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.

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Hurricane Matthew brought considerable damage and devastation across the east coast, but it’s hard to find a town affected more than Nichols, South Carolina. A month after the storm, debris was piled up so high along the roads that it was like driving through a tunnel. Today, nearly three months after the storm hit, most of that debris is gone, but the damage can still be seen. Every house has damage and there’s not a single citizen in sight. The town feels empty, but it’s not abandoned. If you find someone to talk to, there’s a smile on their face.

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It’s been two months since Hurricane Matthew devastated cities across the east coast. In Lumberton, North Carolina, a Robeson County town hit especially hard by the storm, people are still seeking relief aid. Many families are still displaced from their homes, but many more are starting the steps to rebuild. That’s where the Robeson Church and Community Center comes in. Outside the building, a line of people await any help they can get. Inside, the center and the Red Cross have joined forces to offer any help they can give.

Cherryvale Community Center
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On an overcast day in Sumter County, there’s a community center with a huge RV parked outside.  FEMA is stenciled across the front of the vehicle and wires hanging out the back are snaking their way inside.  The RV provides internet and phone service to the Cherryvale Community Center ,where FEMA has set up their short term Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). It’s one of the last recovery center’s open in the state before Hurricane Matthew flood victims can no longer apply for FEMA grants or low-interest loans.