DHEC is closely monitoring developments with Hurricane Irma. We are working with Governor McMaster and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division in accordance with the South Carolina Emergency Operations Plan and the South Carolina Hurricane Plan.
This page will be updated regularly as information becomes available.
In response to Hurricane Irma, DHEC staff continues to actively assess and respond to ongoing public health and environmental needs across the state. For important information on steps you can take, please visit our hurricane preparedness page.
If you’re experiencing any issues with flooding, below are some important resource numbers to be aware of.
Hurricane Irma is still considered a dangerous storm for South Carolina, even with the current projected models showing reduced risk to the state. There is still a high risk of flooding and downed utility lines across the state.
Please follow the safety tips below when working around the state:
DHEC will open its CARELINE toll free number to answer questions related to health department services interrupted due to Hurricane Irma and general questions concerning Special Medical Needs Shelters.
The CARELINE number is 1-800-868-0404. The CARELINE will be open for calls through Friday, Sept. 15th.
DHEC is providing Special Medical Needs Shelters to assist individuals whose needs exceed the capabilities of General Population Shelters.
The agency has shelters open in Anderson County and is currently sheltering 3 individuals. Shelters in Colleton, Hampton, Orangeburg and Sumter Counties closed September 12th.
DHEC is also managing the Special Medical Needs Triage line. The triage line has received approximately 116 calls from individuals referred from General Population Shelters and healthcare partners. The triage line evaluates the individuals’ medical needs to determine the most appropriate location for safe sheltering.
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DHEC follows the closings and delays of county offices. For example, if Beaufort County offices are closed, our health clinics and offices in the county will be closed as well. The latest information on delays and closures can be found at http://scemd.org/closings or on local media. We will update this information here as it becomes available.