Emergency shelters opened throughout Carolinas for Hurricane evacuees

COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) –

Emergency shelters have opened up in several South Carolina counties awaiting those who have evacuated from south coastal areas due to Hurricane Irma.

Individuals are encouraged to have emergency plans in place and to use the shelter as a last resort, but those who must use the emergency shelter should consider the following before arriving:

  • Evacuees must bring own pillows, blankets and cots as these items may not be available at every location
  • If on a restricted diet, bring your own specialty food items

“The Department of Social Services is designated as the lead agency for coordinating mass care operations. In particular, DSS works with the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, the Department of Health and Environmental Control and other state agencies and volunteer relief organizations in disaster situations to coordinate the capability to meet basic human needs (shelter, food, bulk distribution of emergency relief supplies, disaster welfare inquiries, and emergency social services),” the release said.

Residents evacuating from the southern South Carolina coast may go to one of the following emergency shelters:

Colleton County – OPEN AT 9 a.m.

Colleton County Middle School

1379 Tuskegee Airmen Dr.

Walterboro, S.C.

Jasper County – OPEN AT 10 a.m.

Ridgeland High Junior-Elementary Complex

250 Jaguar Trail

Ridgeland, S.C.

Richland County – OPEN AT NOON

Dent Middle School

2721 Decker Blvd.

Columbia, S.C.

Additional shelters will open based upon need. To see an updated shelter list, click here.

The American Red Cross has also opened several evacuation shelters throughout South Carolina. Locations of the four shelters are as follows:

  • Dent Middle School – 2721 Decker Blvd. Columbia, SC 29206 – Opened at noon
  • Crestwood High School – 2000 Oswego Rd. Sumter, SC 29153 – Will open at 5pm
  • Colleton Middle School – 1379 Tuskegee Airmen Dr. Walterboro, SC 29488 – Opened Saturday AM
  • Ridgeland High School Complex – 250 Jaguar Trail Ridgeland, SC 29336 – Opened Saturday AM

“These evacuation shelters are part of the Red Cross’ efforts to make sure those impacted by Hurricane Irma have a safe, dry place to spend the night. People are urged to bring sleeping bags, pillows and other items to make the shelter feel more like home.

In keeping with our fundamental principles of neutrality and impartiality, the Red Cross will not ask people to show any form of identification in order to stay in our shelters. We do ask people staying in our shelters for their names and pre-disaster addresses so that we can track who is using our services.

We are staying in close contact with our emergency management partners and are ready to open other shelters should the need arise. We are dedicated to helping everyone affected by Hurricane Irma. If other shelters are to be opened, we will let the public know just as soon as we can.

While Irma’s track continues to show a more westward route, we cannot stress enough how important it is for everyone to prepare. Heavy rain is still expected, along with the potential for flooding.

You can find the nearest evacuation shelter by visiting redcross.org/shelter or by downloading the free Red Cross Emergency App. The app also puts real time information about the storm and hurricane safety tips at your fingertips. The app is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.”

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