If a hurricane evacuation is ordered, Red Cross shelters will open across the state. Although the shelters are open to all, Red Cross officials encourage people to evacuate as far west as possible.
The Red Cross operates three shelters in Beaufort County. They are: Beaufort Elementary, 1800 Prince St. in Beaufort Bluffton Elementary School, 160 H.E. McCracken Circle in Bluffton. H.E. McCracken Middle School, 250 H.E. McCracken Circle in Bluffton
Beaufort and Bluffton elementary schools serve as "limited" special-needs centers. Nurses will be available to give medical aid.
Beaufort County shelters open only in the case of a Category 1 storm (winds of 74 mph to 95 mph). They may be flooded in a larger storm. If Beaufort County shelters are closed, evacuees will be routed to shelters in Jasper and Hampton counties or farther west.
JASPER COUNTY SHELTERS Jasper County High School, off U.S. 278 west in Ridgeland Ridgeland Elementary/Middle School, Bees Road in Ridgeland Coosawatchie Community Center, Step School Road in Ridgeland Robertville Community Center, Cotton Hill Road in Ridgeland
HAMPTON COUNTY SHELTERS Varnville Elementary School, 501 Pine St. East in Varnville Wade Hampton High School, 201 Airport Road in Varnville Hampton Elementary School, 705 Hoover St. in Hampton Estill High School, U.S. 321 North in Estill
Jasper County and Wade Hampton high schools also will serve as "limited" special-needs centers. Nurses will be available to give medical aid.
The Red Cross does not permit pets in any of the shelters. Red Cross shelters will provide meals and a limited number of cots.
It is suggested evacuees bring the following items: Clothing (enough for three to four days), including an all-weather coat and comfortable shoes Linens (pillows, blankets, sheets and towels) Any necessary prescription medications Child's favorite toys or comfort items Formula, diapers and other supplies for your children Food and water Picture ID Toiletries (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.) Sleeping bag Local map Flashlight and batteries Glasses/contact lenses and supplies