South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) releases free app to help citizens during natural disasters

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The South Carolina Emergency Management Division released a free mobile app earlier this month to help citizens stay safe during natural disasters including hurricanes and tornadoes.

The app features the latest information on S.C. state office closings and delays, helps users find their evacuation zone, includes information on planning for and recovering from emergencies, allows users to send their location to emergency contacts and includes an SOS flashlight. Users can also set up their own emergency plan including a pet checklist, meeting places and emergency contact numbers.
The app is free to download in the iTunes app store or Google Play.

If you have any questions about the app contact Derrec Becker, SCEMD chief of public information & external affairs via email, his cell at (803) 737-8500 or office at (803) 530-2193.

?Fort Sumter Tours Unveils New Mobile App to Enhance Visitor Experience

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Fort Sumter Tours Unveils New Mobile App to Enhance Visitor Experience

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Visitors to Fort Sumter National Monument may now experience an 1800s historical site using state-of-the-art technology. Fort Sumter Tours – family owned and operated since 1961 – has launched a new Fort Sumter mobile app. The app is available for free in Apple’s App Store or in Google Play by searching “Fort Sumter.”

Fort Sumter Tours worked with Charleston-based netGALAXY Studios, a web design and mobile app development company working with businesses around the world, to develop the app. When visitors are at Fort Sumter, they will receive push notifications prompting them to learn more about specific areas of the fort.

While way signs and markers at Fort Sumter provide general information about the fort, the app provides visitors a more in-depth experience. Fort Sumter Tours collaborated with Fort Sumter National Monument staff to include stories of the fort that visitors may not get anywhere else.

The app also uses augmented reality technology in a “view finder” feature that visitors access as they ride to and from Fort Sumter on the tour boat. Simply point your smartphone at one of eight points of interest in the Charleston Harbor, such as Fort Moultrie or the Charleston Battery, and visitors will receive a pop-up notice with additional information on the selected landmark.

“We were looking for a way to enhance the visitor experience and appeal to a younger generation that is accustomed to using technology and smartphones for almost everything they do,” Ian Harris, director of sales and marketing. “This new mobile app offers visitors more details and historical facts that supplement everything they see while at Fort Sumter National Monument.”

Other app features include:

  • A 360-degree virtual tour of Fort Sumter, which is especially useful for visitors who may have difficulty navigating the steps that lead to certain areas of the park.
  • A “time machine” feature that shows photos of Fort Sumter now and when it was a functioning military fort in the 1860s.
  • Details on the tour boats complete with floor plans.
  • Virtual postcards for sharing on social media.

Download the free mobile app by searching “Fort Sumter” in the app stores or visit

About Fort Sumter Tours
In 1961 the Campsen family of Charleston founded Fort Sumter Tours to provide daily excursions to the Fort Sumter National Monument. Today, Fort Sumter Tours and partner SpiritLine Cruises provide daily access to this living monument, along with other memorable experiences for residents and guests of Charleston. For more information, visit


Big News From CARTA: Launches New Real-Time Mobile App and Texting Service; Previews Website

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CARTA has announced its partnership with Transit, the leading mobile app provider for public transportation.

Riders will now be able to navigate the Charleston area with accurate real-time predictions, simple trip planning, step-by-step navigation, service disruption notifications and departure and stop reminders – and it’s all presented in a clear, bold interface.

Transit is available for free download in the Google Play and the Apple App Store. Download and tell your friends!

For riders without smart phones or Internet service, CARTA also introduced a new SMS texting and phone service. Customers can call or text (843) 202-4410 and provide the stop number of their choice, which can be found on signs at bus stops or online here. An automated system will then relay the next two real-time arrivals for each route servicing the selected stop.

Attached you’ll find a Transit 101 document on usage of the app, as well as photo to use for social media posts. Thanks for your support!


  • Know when the next bus is arriving with real-time predictions.
  • Plan A-to-B trips with ease.
  • See exactly where buses are on the map in real-time.
  • Launch GO for step-by-step navigation when on an unfamiliar route.
  • Receive departure alarms and stop notifications as well as prompts to pick up the pace in GO.
  • View schedules and route itineraries. Even offline.
  • Check ETAs for the closest Uber and request a ride.

Daniel Brock
Account Supervisor, PR & Social Media
Rawle Murdy
960 Morrison Drive, Suite 300, Charleston, SC ?29403
843.577.7327 ext. 1130,?919.820.2612?(mobile)

CurEat – the innovative new restaurant app designed to help residents and travelers now available for Charleston

CurEat?– the innovative new restaurant app designed to help residents and travelers discover a great place to dine and drink – became available in the iTunes App Store January 2017. CurEat provides trustworthy, curated lists of award-winning, independent and time-honored restaurants in over 60 cities across the United States, and empowers users to create and share their own lists. This week, CurEat introduces its Charleston “CurEaters” – food and beverage pros and tastemakers – and their restaurant recommendations.?The Charleston CurEat app will officially launch during DIG SOUTH’s Innovation Conference, April 25-27.

Created by entrepreneur, world traveler, and passionate diner?Steve Mangano (also a DIG ICON speaker!), CurEat fills a void in the dining app world, now dominated by negative, customer-driven reviews and inferior restaurant lists. With a background in the hospitality industry, Mangano’s inspiration for this app is the direct result of his desire to more easily discover “the place” to eat while traveling as well as support independent restaurants.

Restaurant lists are a core feature of the app.?Users may create and share restaurant recommendations with followers. The app allows you to easily make your lists for different cities and share them within the app, or via text message or email. Lists may reflect any topic, from the “Best Restaurants for Fried Chicken” to “Where to Eat with the Kids.” The app refines your restaurant searches based on the lists you make and the lists you follow, further curating lists of restaurants you may wish to discover.

CurEat is an official Launch Sponsor at DIG ICON — conference attendees will be able to test out the app with Stanfield and Steve in-person!?

CurEaters offer a unique feature within the app.?They represent a cross-section of each community, and include prominent chefs, bartenders, artisans and tastemakers in the area. CurEaters’ restaurant lists are visible to all users, and thereby, influence the restaurant searches within each area. CurEaterAshley Christensen?– a?James Beard Foundation?winning chef and owner of?Poole’s Downtown Diner, Fox Liquor Bar, Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, Chucks and Death & Taxes in Raleigh, NC, was among the first CurEaters in CurEat.

Initial CurEaters in the Charleston area include:

Charleston Wine+ Food Festival
John Lewis, Lewis Barbecue
Jill Mathias, Chez Nous
Craig Deihl, Cypress Restaurant, Artisan Meat Share
Jacques Larson, Wild Olive, Obstinate Daughter
Jason Stanhope, FIG
Karalee Nielsen Fallart, Monza, Taco Boy, Closed For Business, The Royal American, The Park Café, The Green Heart Project
Lauren Mitterer, Wildflour Bakery
Randi Weinstein, This is Fab
Ryan Casey, The Dewberry
Stanfield Gray, DIG SOUTH?
Terry Fox, Charleston Arts Festival, PURE Theatre, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston Creative Parliament
Tim Hussey, Artist Studio Hussey

Find CurEat in the iTunes store here?and register for DIG SOUTH’s Innovation Conference?by April 24 to save $200!?

Link to the App Page – CurEat

Press Release: Premier One Launches the Easiest Online Map Search for Charleston SC Real Estate

Finding the most suitable Charleston home for sale is no more a hassle, as the premier real estate firm in the area announces their interactive map search feature in their website. With the help of this online map search, it’s now a lot easier for a buyer to find a real estate in his/her preferred location throughout Charleston.

Whether someone is relocating to Charleston, or wants to buy a new home in the area, Premier One is the professional and trustworthy real estate firm to rely upon. The real estate firm has a vast listing of Charleston homes and other types of properties. They also offer an advanced search feature that precisely matches the search criteria of a property buyer to suggest the best homes for sale in the area. Besides, their new and interactive map based search feature allows buyers to find properties in their preferred location.

According to the spokesperson of the firm, the location based search covers a number of locations throughout Charleston, including Goose Creek, Isle of Palms, James Island, Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, Folly Beach, North Charleston, Summerville, West Ashley, Daniel Island, and Edisto Island. Besides the online search, the firm has a team of experienced real estate professionals who are committed to finding the best properties throughout the area that can best meet a buyer’s requirements.

Premier One deals in a wide variety of properties in Charleston, available in different budgets. Based on the budget of a buyer, they can shortlist the most suitable properties in the area that a buyer can choose for their own living or for investment purposes. The spokesperson reveals that they can guarantee the best prices for both buyers and sellers, because of their local presence. They know the local real estate market in Charleston and have a good reputation among homeowners in the area. This is the reason why can rest assured of the best prices when completing a real estate deal through them.

To know more about their interactive search feature or to search a property in Charleston, one can visit the website

About Premier One

Premier One has evolved over decades of real estate service to bring an enhanced level of commitment to their clients that is truly “Premier”. Each agent of the firm has undergone extensive training to meet clients’ needs. They have affiliations and contacts nationally and in the local market so that they can give clients an access to premier resources with an advantage of buying or selling homes, land, or commercial property. They maintain up to the minute listing detail on every home in the area and syndication through dozens of the major real estate search engines.

For Media Enquiry –
Contact Person: Tom Wingard
Telephone: 866-337-3127
Email: Info(at)GoPremierOne(dot)com

Link to Original Press Release