[image-1] According to Charleston County’s website, emergency shelters should be used as a place of last resort. In the event that you may need to use a shelter, there are two kinds: American Red Cross and Special Medical Needs Shelters (SMNS). If you are relocating to a shelter, be sure to bring blankets and pillows, food, and necessary medications and sanitary items.
There are six primary shelters in the Charleston County area: Ladson, AC Corcoran, Stall, Midland Park, Matilda F Dunston, and North Charleston. The are four reserve shelters: Lambs, Morningside, Garrett, Ron McNair. The shelters are opened as needed by the American Red Cross coordinating with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. Among the schools often used as shelters are North Charleston, Berkeley and Summerville high schools in the Charleston area, Loris High School in Horry County, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School in Orangeburg County and White Knoll High School in Lexington County. No shelters are open closer to the ocean than U.S. Highway 17.
Currently there are no open shelters in Dorchester County.
The Red Cross does not allow animals in the shelter unless they are service animals. Ask your local pet shelter if they will house your animals or if they know of any available shelter for them. As of right now Cane Bay High School is the area’s only pet-friendly-shelter.
[content-1] Emergency shelters in Georgetown will be opened at noon on Tuesday at:
Pleasant Hill Elementary School, 127 Schoolhouse Drive, Hemingway, SC 29554.
Andrews Elementary School, 13072 County Line Road, Andrews, SC 29510.
Check back here for more shelter information as we learn more about Hurricane Florence.