Emergency Shelters Now Open

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Columbia, S.C. (Wednesday, October 5, 2016)– The South Carolina Response Team today announced the opening of shelters across the state for residents and visitors who are evacuating from coastal areas as Hurricane Matthew approaches. Shelters began opening on Wednesday, October 5, and as of 5 PM there are 32 shelters open.

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, be sure to make arrangement for your pets; pets are not allowed in official shelters with the exception of two listed below.

The Department of Social Services is designated as the lead agency for coordinating mass care operations. In particular, DSS works with the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, the Department of Health and Environmental Control and other state agencies and volunteer relief organizations in disaster situations to coordinate the capability to meet basic human needs (shelter, food, bulk distribution of emergency relief supplies, disaster welfare inquiries, and emergency social services).

SCDSS is has placed an additional 60 shelters in stand-by mode, ready to host evacuees if needed.


As of 5:00 p.m. today, October 5, 2016, the following emergency shelters are open for people evacuating Hurricane Matthew:

Aiken County

South Aiken High School

232 East Pine Log Road

Aiken, SC


Allendale County

Allendale Elementary School

4561 Allendale-Fairfax Hwy.

Allendale, SC


Fairfax Elementary School

734 E. 14th Street

Fairfax, SC


Bamberg County

Bamberg-Ehrnhardt School

267 Red Rider Dr.

Bamberg, SC


Ghents Branch Baptist Church

1974 Ghents Branch Rd.

Denmark, SC


Denmark-Olar High School

197 Viking Circle

Denmark, SC


Barnwell County

Barnwell Elementary School

10524 Marlboro Ave.

Barnwell, SC


Berkeley County

Berkeley Elementary School

715 Hwy 6                   

Monks Corner, SC


Cane Bay High School **PET FRIENDLY**

1624 State Road

Summerville, SC


St. Stephens Elementary School

1053 Russellville Rd.

St. Stephens, SC


Westview Middle School

101 Westview Blvd.

Goose Creek, SC


Westview Primary School

98 Westview Blvd.

Goose Creek, SC


Charleston County

AC Corcoran Elementary School

8585 Vistavia Road

N. Charleston, SC


Burns Elementary School **PET FRIENDLY**

3750 Dorchester Road

Charleston, SC 29405


Ladson Elementary School

3321 Ladson Road

N. Charleston, SC


Midland Park Elementary

2415 Midlands Park Road

N. Charleston, SC


North Charleston High School

1087 East Montague Ave.

N. Charleston, SC


Stall High School

3625 Ashely Phosphate Road

N. Charleston, SC


Colleton County

Colleton County Middle School

1379 Tuskegee Airman Drive

Walterboro, SC


Dorchester County

Dubose Middle School

1005 Dubose School Road

Summerville, SC


Fort Dorchester High School.

8500 Patriot Blvd

North Charleston, SC


Oakbrook Middle School

4704 Old Fort Drive

Ladson, SC


St. George Middle School

600 Minus Street

St. George, SC


Summerville High School

1011 Boone Hill Road

Summerville, SC


Woodland High School

4128 US Highway 78

Dorchester, SC


Jasper County

Ridgeland High School Complex

250 Jaguar Trail

Ridgeland, SC


Lexington County

White Knoll High School

5643 Platt Springs Road

Lexington, SC


Spartanburg County

Spartanburg Expo Center

6655 Pottery Road

Spartanburg, SC 29303


Williamsburg County

CE Murray High School

222 CE Murray Blvd

Greeleyville, SC


Hemingway High School

402 South Main Street

Hemingway, SC


Kingstree Senior High

615 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue

Kingstree, SC


Tupperware Gym

Tupperware Road 258

Hemingway, SC



Visit scemd.org for a complete list of shelters as well as updates.