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.
The Red Cross has free hurricane and shelter smartphone apps available at redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps or by searching "Red Cross" in the app store for the user's device.
The Red Cross does not permit pets in any of the shelters. Red Cross shelters will provide meals and a limited number of cots.
During a storm, people will be routed to shelters in Colleton, Jasper and Hampton counties or farther west. Some shelters will only be opened as needed and according to orders from the governor.
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Available inland shelters will be announced at the time of evacuation.
In the event of an evacuation, the Palmetto Breeze public transit system will provide transportation for county residents who don't have a way to get to emergency shelters. The bus service created an online registry at palmettobreezetransit.com, where county residents can sign up for the free rides. On the website, go to "Inside Breeze" and click on "Hurricane Evacuation Information" to sign up for the registry.
The Red Cross operates recovery shelters in Beaufort County that are open only after the county begins allowing people to return after a storm:
- Battery Creek High School, Blue Dolphin Drive in Burton
Circle in Bluffton