CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — There are several emergency shelters now open leading up to Hurricane Florence, including two that are pet-friendly and one for residents with special needs.
Shelters are open and located in Berkeley and Dorchester counties.
Goose Creek High School is the primary location for Charleston residents.
According to Dorchester County officials, as of Tuesday, there were 19 people at the shelter at Dubose Middle School.
Additional shelters may open if needed, officials say.
Anyone who stays a shelter is responsible for their bedding, food, water, and any other necessities they require.
Residents evacuating to a shelter should pack minimally, bringing only the essentials including bedding (blankets or sleeping bag, pillows, air mattresses or cots) personal hygiene products, a form of identification, all medications, important documents, a change of clothes, food and water for 3-4 days.
Those who need transportation to a shelter can take a CARTA bus from designated evacuation spots. Buses pick up at locations hourly. For more information, click here.
For information about the special needs shelter, call DHEC at 1-800-578-2031.
Berkeley County shelters:
Berkeley Middle School - 320 N Live Oak Dr., Moncks Corner, SC
Cane Bay High School ***This a pet-friendly location*** - 1624 State Rd, Summerville, SC
Goose Creek High School- 1137 Red Bank Rd, Goose Creek, SC - Berkeley County citizens are welcome at this shelter. This is the primary location for Charleston residents.
St. Stephen Elementary - 1053 Russellville Rd, St. Stephen, SC
Macedonia Middle School, 200 Macedonia Foxes Cir, Moncks Corner.
Cross High School, 1293 Old Hwy 6, Cross, SC.
Additionally, Berkeley County School District will provide transportation from Cainhoy Elementary to Macedonia Middle School, starting at 8 a.m. Thursday, September 13.
The buses will stop running at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Dorchester County shelters:
DuBose Middle School,1005 DuBose School Road, Summerville *** this is a pet-friendly location***
Woodland High School - 4128 US Hwy 78, Dorchester, SC 29437
***Citizens must stay with their pets during their time at the shelter. Pet owners are NOT allowed to drop-off their pets at the shelters.
***At Dubose Middle School, the shelter will only accept crated, small, domesticated animals. At least one family member must remain on premise. Residents who would like to utilize the pet shelter will be responsible for bringing all pet supplies including, but not limited to a leash, vaccination records, pet food, water and food bowls, a sheet or blanket to cover kennel, litter and litter box, medication (if needed), training pads for kennel.
Shelters at Summerville High School and St. George Middle School will be on standby to open if and when the need arises, officials say.