Free water, ice, MREs available in two locations

Rustic, hand-painted signs on Hilton Head Island that say “Water Pod” lead to a drive-through service offering free water, ice and packaged meals ready to eat.

The supplies come from FEMA, said volunteers who run the operation.

It is located in the parking lot at the Hilton Head Island Elementary School for the Creative Arts, 10 Bus Road.

Another water pod is set up at St. Helena Elementary School, 1025 Sea Island Parkway.

A volunteer said Thursday that the service would be available on Hilton Head from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday.

The water is distributed in cases of bottles.

Many of the volunteers on Hilton Head came from Anderson in the Upstate, where they work with the county government.

“We saw our sister area in need of help and we’re here to help,” said volunteer Joshua Waters of Anderson.

Also helping make it work are employees of the Beaufort County Parks and Leisure Services. A Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office deputy directed traffic off Bus Road, which runs between Wilborn and Gum Tree roads.

Volunteers said they sometimes have snacks available donated by Sam’s Club.

David Lauderdale: 843-706-8115, @ThatsLauderdale