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Shelter Information for Charleston County Residents

Emergency shelters may be opened with the approach of a hurricane to South Carolina. Shelters should generally be used as a place of last resort, as 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, there are two types: American Red Cross and Special Medical Needs Shelters (SMNS). Only individuals with special medical needs will be admitted to SMNS.

In the event of a major disaster, monitor local media outlets for information about the nearest open shelter. During an evacuation, listen for emergency alerts on the radio and look for road signs for shelter information.

If you relocate to a shelter, be sure to bring blankets and pillows, food for the first day, and any necessary medications and sanitary supplies. It is highly recommended that you bring your Emergency Supplies Kit.

If you relocate to the pet shelter, remember to bring pet supplies, medical records, and pet identification information.

Pet Shelter
The North Charleston Coliseum is not currently available as a pet shelter (new location to be determined). If you relocate to a pet shelter, remember to bring pet supplies, medical records, and pet identification information. NOTE: (Only one person per pet allowed)


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