DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Residents are encouraged to evacuate to family, friends, or a hotel if they are leaving the area. If those options are not viable, residents in evacuation zones can seek safety at an Evacuation Shelter.
Dorchester County Emergency Operations Center remains at Operating Condition (OPCON) 2, closely monitoring hurricane Irma.
A tropical storm watch has been issued for Dorchester County. This means tropical storm force wind conditions are possible within the next 48 hours. Sustained tropical force winds are not, expected. However, strong gusts, of 40 mph – 60 mph, are highly likely.
No shelters will be opened at this time. However, all shelters have been placed on standby, for activation should the situation warrant. Residents who feel, they may need to relocate should relocate with family or friends and wait for information on shelter openings.
Special Medical Needs Shelter - Residents who feel they may need to relocate to a special medical needs shelter should call the SCDHEC triage phone line at 1-800-758-2031. Residents with general questions/inquiries should call (843) 953-0038.
Pet Shelter - The Pet Shelter will only accept crated, small, domesticated animals. At least one family member must remain at the shelter, with the pet, at all times. 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 & food bowls, sheet or blanket to cover kennel, litter and litter Box, medication (if needed), and training pads for kennel.
To locate an open shelter in Dorchester County visit https://www.dorchestercountysc.gov/services/emergency-services/emergency-management/shelter-information.
What to bring to a shelter:
- Bedding - blankets, sleeping bags, and pillows.
- Food Supply - consider special dietary needs.
- Essential Medications - fill any prescriptions to ensure enough supply.
- Phone and Charger - bring extra battery packs or solar chargers.
- Personal Hygiene - toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
- Clothing - consider rain gear and sturdy shoes.
- Infant Needs - formula, diapers, etc.
- Unique Family Needs - consider persons who are elderly or have special medical needs.
- Emergency Kit.
- Children's Items - reading books, stuffed animal, or coloring books.
Dorchester County filled and disseminated 19,000 sandbags. Filled sandbags are no longer available. No additional sandbags will be filled in response to Hurricane Irma. Sand is available at Ashley River Fire Department, 8045 Dorchester Road for self-fill. Residents should not discard sandbags, as hurricane season does not end until late November.