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Hurricane Preparedness

American Red Cross Shelters

image of American Red Cross and SCDHEC logosWhen making your plans for a disaster, going to a shelter should be considered only if you cannot leave town. Remember, these shelters are in schools, churches, public facilities, etc. There are no beds or cots. There are no showers. There is no privacy. If power goes out, there will be no electricity. A shelter is just that, a temporary place.

If you do go to a Red Cross approved shelter, you will need to be considerate of the other people there. The Red Cross has issued guidelines that will help you get through this stressful time. Rules to be followed:

  • No weapons
  • No drugs
  • No alcoholimage of mother and child at a hurricane shelter reading a book
  • No pets
  • No smoking in the building

There are other things that the Red Cross will ask you to do:

  • Register when you arrive
  • Sign in and out when entering or leaving
  • Watch your children
  • Keep food and beverages in designated areas
  • Be careful with your valuables as they are your responsibilityimage of people at a hurricane shelter
  • Respect quiet hours
  • Keep your area clean
  • Help keep the shelter clean

Remember that these shelters are provided as a free community service by the Red Cross in conjunction with their partners. Your assistance in keeping the shelters clean and orderly will help to make sure that the service continues in the future.


For additional information, contact:  (803) 898-3708