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Local storm shelter information

May 29, 2014

The State (Columbia, S.C.)

May 29--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 here or by searching "Red Cross" in the app store for the user's device.

Beaufort County


The Red Cross operates five shelters in Beaufort County that open only after the county begins allowing people to return after a storm:

--Battery Creek High School, Blue Dolphin Drive in Burton

--Beaufort Elementary School, Prince Street

--Bluffton High School, H.E. McCracken Circle

--Bluffton Elementary School, H.E. McCracken Circle

--H.E. McCracken Middle School, H.E. McCracken Circle in Bluffton

--Okatie Elementary School, Cherry Point Road in Okatie

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.

The Red Cross does not permit pets in any of the shelters. Red Cross shelters will provide meals and a limited number of cots.

Colleton County


--Colleton County Middle School, 1379 Mighty Cougar Drive in Walterboro

Jasper County


--Coosawhatchie Community Center, Step School Road in Ridgeland (opened if needed)

--Ridgeland-Hardeeville High/Junior/Elementary School Complex, 250 Jaguar Trail in Ridgeland

--Robertville Community Center, U.S. 321 in Ridgeland

Hampton County


--Ben Hazel Primary School, 628 Railroad Ave. in Hampton

--Estill Elementary School, 318 Fourth St. East (opened if needed)

--Estill High School, 1450 Columbia Highway North

--Estill Middle School, 555 Third St. West (opened if needed)

--Hampton Elementary School, 505 Hoover St.

--Varnville Elementary School, 395 Pine St. East

--Wade Hampton High School, 115 Airport Rd. in Varnville (opened if needed)


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