Emergency shelters may be opened should a hurricane approach South Carolina. Shelters are generally the place of last resort. Individuals and families are encouraged to have emergency plans in place. These plans should include relatives or friends with whom you can stay or locations to which you will travel. In the event that you must use a shelter, there are two types: American Red Cross and Special Medical Needs (SMN) shelters. Only individuals with special medical needs will be admited to a SMN shelter.
In the event of a major disaster, monitor local media and during and evacuation pay attention to emergency alerts via radio and road signs for information about the nearest open shelter in case you need it.
Always monitor your local broadcast media for the most current information on shelter openings.
If you've decided to not stay in your home, or you live in a Mobile or Manufactured Home, and cannot go to a friend or family member's residence then an American Red Cross Hurricane Shelter is available for you. Please know that Public Shelters provide very few comforts and are intended to provide a relatively safe shelter for those who have no other options.
What To Bring To A Shelter
- Blankets or sleeping bag, pillows, air mattresses or cot/s if you have one
- Any special dietary needs. Non-perishable packed or canned food including high energy snack items.
- One gallon of water per person per day in clean plastic containers. Do not bring glass containers.
- Any required medicines, especially prescription drugs. The style & serial number of special medical devices such as pace makers.
- Personal hygiene and sanitary items (toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, towels, etc.)
- A change of clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes
- Special items for infants (formula, diapers, etc.), elderly or disabled family members
- An extra set of car keys
- Credit cards and cash (not for use at the shelter, you'll need these when you return home)
- Important family and household papers (Birth & Marriage certificates, Insurance policies, etc.)
- Flashlights, Battery Powered Radio or TV with extra batteries
- Books, games, coloring books for children