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What are the office hours of the Greenwood County Coroner's Office?
Why is the Coroner involved?
Will I be charged for the services of the Coroner?
Does the Greenwood Coroner’s Office keep records of where someone is buried?
Who can get copies of a decedent’s reports?
Can anyone call the coroner’s office to find out if a particular person has died in Greenwood County?
How/Where can I get the death certificate?
Will an autopsy be performed?
There are no funds for burial. What do I do?
Can I donate my relative’s organs and tissues?
I am caring for an elderly family member in my home who is not under hospice care, but very near death. When he/she passes away can I call the funeral home, or do I have to call the Coroner’s Office?
What can I place in my “blue roll cart”?
What is my pickup day?
What is Code Red?
How do I sign up?
What else does it do?
Where does my information get stored?
Who gets notified?
Does this mean I get a lot of calls?
What kind of situations may I get calls about?
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Q: What are the office hours of the Greenwood County Coroner's Office?
A:
The office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 A.M to 5:00 P.M. The Coroner or on call deputy can be reached after hours in an emergency by calling Greenwood County 911 at (864) 942-8632.
Q: Why is the Coroner involved?
A:
State law requires the Coroner to inquire into and determine the circumstances, manner, and cause of all unexpected, violent, or unusual deaths. Certain natural deaths must be investigated as well.
Q: Will I be charged for the services of the Coroner?
A:
When a case falls under the jurisdiction of the Coroner, there is no charge for an autopsy and the related testing. Families are still responsible for the cost of a funeral or cremation.
Q: Does the Greenwood Coroner’s Office keep records of where someone is buried?
A:
That information is listed on the death certificate. Death certificates can be obtained by calling DHEC at (803)898-3630
Q: Who can get copies of a decedent’s reports?
A:
Reports are available to the legal next of kin, legal counsel, insurance companies and law enforcement.
Q: Can anyone call the coroner’s office to find out if a particular person has died in Greenwood County?
A:
Only limited information is available to the public. If it is a Coroner’s case we can confirm a death if next of kin has been notified. We don’t discuss cases with anyone other than immediate next of kin or law enforcement agencies involved in a case.
Q: How/Where can I get the death certificate?
A:

Death certificates are obtained through the funeral home where you make arrangements. Also, death certificates are filed with the Greenwood County Health Department. Should you require certified copies, they can be purchased from the Greenwood County Health Department, 1736 South Main Street, Greenwood SC 29646, (864) 227-5915, or directly through Vital Records at D.H.E.C. Columbia, South Carolina 29201, (803) 898-3630. www.scdhec.gov/VitalRecords/DeathCertificates/

 

Q: Will an autopsy be performed?
A:
The Coroner authorizes an autopsy when one is needed to establish the cause of death. Usually, an autopsy is not needed when the death is clearly from natural causes. Should an autopsy be necessary, the Coroner will certify a death certificate soon after the examination is completed. Occasionally, more extensive testing is required, in which case a pending death certificate will be signed by the Coroner. A final death certificate will be signed following the completion of special testing.
Q: There are no funds for burial. What do I do?
A:
If the decedent’s family or estate does not have sufficient funds for burial, you should select a funeral home and explain the situation to the director. Either that funeral home or another will have several options available to assist you in making arrangements. If nothing can be worked out, contact our office for information.
Q: Can I donate my relative’s organs and tissues?
A:

South Carolina has a law that provides an opportunity for the next of kin to donate organs and tissues. Donation can dramatically improve, even save, the lives of others. We are glad to assist you by contacting the appropriate agency for you so they can explain to you all options and benefits of donating. If you prefer, you may call the We are Sharing Hope of South Carolina 1-800-462-0755, or American Red Cross at 1-800-922-5986.

Q: I am caring for an elderly family member in my home who is not under hospice care, but very near death. When he/she passes away can I call the funeral home, or do I have to call the Coroner’s Office?
A:
Unless a doctor is in attendance at the time of death you must call 9-1-1 and they will see that the Coroner’s Office is contacted. ( If the person IS under hospice care you should call hospice, they will contact the Coroner’s office.)
Q: What can I place in my “blue roll cart”?
A:
Paper (newspaper, cardboard, magazines, chipboard, phone books, catalogs, books, junk mail, office, computer, colored), Glass (clear, brown, green, blue), Plastic (#1 thru #7), Aluminum, (cans), Steel (cans), Juice Boxes, Milke Cartons and Broth soup boxes.
Q: What is my pickup day?
A:
Homewoners will receive an information packet when roll cart is delivered. You can find your pickup day and view a calendar for the year on the County website by searching your tax parcel and then clicking on the Community Info link.  Contact Recycling at 864-942-8567 for pickup day information.
Q: What is Code Red?
A:

CodeRED is a new service that can notify residents by telephone, email, or text about emergency situations. The system is capable of sending messages only to people affected by a particular situation, such as an evacuation and missing child, or to the County’s entire population. It is considered to be similar to a reverse 911 call.

Q: How do I sign up?
A:

Click here for fast and easy registration or call 864-942-8553. You may sign up for emergency notifications, weather notifications, and general notifications.

Q: What else does it do?
A:
The CodeRED system also has a weather warning system. This program allows residents to opt-in and receive notification of severe thunderstorm, tornado, flood, or winter storm warnings.
Q: Where does my information get stored?
A:

All information such as phone numbers and addresses are stored in the private CodeRED database. Local emergency management and government agencies do not have access to this private information.

Q: Who gets notified?
A:
The system will only contact those individuals in the affected area as determined by the national weather service or local government.
Q: Does this mean I get a lot of calls?
A:
No. CodeRED will be used when emergency situations arise that you should know about.
Q: What kind of situations may I get calls about?
A:
Severe weather situations, substantial utility outage, evacuation notices, missing or lost persons, fires or floods, major roadway issues, significant criminal situations, chemical spills or gas leaks. In short, CodeRED can be used for any emergency alert.
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