Lowcountry hurricane shelters

info@islandpacket.comMay 30, 2013 

  • What to bring to a shelter

    The American Red Cross asks that evacuees heading to a shelter bring the following items:

    • Enough clothing for several days
    • Personal hygiene and sanitation items
    • Linens, including pillows, blankets, sheets and towels
    • Necessary prescription medications
    • Child's toys or comfort items
    • Formula, diapers and other supplies for children
    • Water and nonperishable food (The Red Cross provides snacks and meals at shelters.)
    • Emergency-contact information

    Because space is limited, items on the list should be packed into a standard-size suitcase.

  • Shelters and Palmetto Breeze pickup locations for local evacuations

    In the event of an evacuation, the Palmetto Breeze public transit system will provide transportation for some county residents who don't have a way to get to emergency shelters. The bus service created an online registry at www.palmettobreezetransit.com, where county residents can sign up for free rides. Click here to register.

    Shelter: Beaufort Elementary School

    Bus pickup locations on St. Helena Island: Scott Recreation Complex; Land's End Road (old store); Adam Street Baptist Church; Gloria Potts Community Center; Folly Road Grocery; Penn Center; Fripp Island at The Beach Club; Faith Memorial Church

    Pickup on Lady's Island: Texaco Station on Sam's Point Road; Broomfield Recreation Center on S.C. 802

    Pickup in Beaufort area: Piggly Wiggly on Boundary Street; Cross Creek Shopping Center; Beaufort Town Center; Beaufort Plaza shopping center

    Pickup in Beaufort/Port Royal area: Piggly Wiggly on Ribaut Road; Mossy Oaks Elementary School; Spanish Trace Housing; Port Royal Elementary School

    Shelter: Battery Creek High School

    Pickup in Beaufort/Port Royal/Burton area: BI-LO grocery store; Riverview Charter School; Builders FirstSource; The Oaks; Laurel Bay; Laurel Bay Baptist Church

    In Lobeco/Grays Hill/Burton area: Lobeco public library; Seabrook Road; Stuart Point Road; Corner Market on U.S. 21; Possum Hill Road; Shanklin Road; Roseida Road; County Shed Road

    In Sheldon area: Agnes Major Community Center; Sheldon Post Office; Elijah Washington Comprehensive Health Clinic; Booker T. Washington Community Center; Piggly Wiggly; Family Life Center

    Shelter: Bluffton Elementary, H.E. McCracken Middle School and Bluffton High School

    Pickup on Hilton Head Island: Boys & Girls Club on Gumtree Road; Elks Lodge; Grace Community Church; Pineland Station; Hilton Head Resort; Holy Family Catholic Church

    In Bluffton area: Oscar J. Frazier Park; Food Lion; Bluffton Post Office; Krogers/Plantation Point; Community Center; The Lakes at Myrtle Park; Simmons Cay Apartments; M.C. Riley Elementary; Sun City at Pinckney Hall; Wellstone; Cross Episcopal School; Bluffton Eagle Field off Buck Island Road; Vista View; The Country Store

    Questions: Call Palmetto Breeze at 843-757-5782. During an evacuation, call the Beaufort County Emergency Operation Center at 843-255-4000.

If a hurricane evacuation is ordered, American 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.

Beaufort County shelters

The Red Cross operates five shelters in Beaufort County. They are:

  • Battery Creek High School, Blue Dolphin Drive in Beaufort
  • Beaufort Elementary School, Prince Street in Beaufort
  • Bluffton High School, H.E. McCracken Circle in Bluffton
  • Bluffton Elementary School, H.E. McCracken Circle in Bluffton
  • H.E. McCracken Middle School, H.E. McCracken Circle in Bluffton
  • Okatie Elementary School, Cherry Point Road in Okatie

Beaufort County shelters are open only during 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

  • Coosawatchie Community Center, Step School Road in Ridgeland
  • Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School, Jaguar Trail in Ridgeland
  • Robertville Community Center, Cotton Hill Road in Ridgeland

Hampton County shelters
  • Ben Hazel Primary School, 628 Railroad Ave. in Hampton
  • Estill Elementary School, 319 Fourth St. East in Estill
  • Estill High School, 1450 U.S. 321 North in Estill
  • Estill Middle School, 555 Third St. West in Estill
  • Hampton Elementary School, 705 Hoover St. in Hampton
  • Varnville Elementary School, 501 Pine St. East in Varnville
  • Wade Hampton High School, 201 Airport Road in Varnville

The Red Cross does not permit pets in any of the shelters. Click here for tips on how to prepare your pets. Red Cross shelters will provide meals and a limited number of cots.

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