Hurricane shelter open at CCHS
by The Press and Standard | September 4, 2019 8:25 am
Shelter for pets also available.
Debra Day was standing outside the entrance to the gymnasium at Colleton County the morning of Sept. 3, checking out the blue skies and enjoying the calm before the storm.
Day, the shelter manager for American Red Cross, said over 50 people had arrived at the shelter since it opened just before noon on Sept. 2. Some of those riding out the storm at the shelter are from Colleton County; others are from the Yemassee area and Beaufort County.
Earlier in the morning, Day talked to the shelter manager in Ridgeland. They had over 120 people in the shelter, some of them coming from Charleston County.
The Red Cross personnel arrived at the gym shortly before the mandatory evacuation ordered by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster began.
A little after the mandatory evacuation started, people started arriving at the shelter. “They did absolutely the right thing,” Day said, “The kids are safe, we’ll ride this thing through and hope for the best.”
Day said the shelter “is still getting our supplies in.” The Red Cross, she pointed out, is opening a lot of shelters.
Day said she and the three other Red Cross workers assigned to the shelter are working with four representatives of the South Carolina Department of Social Services.
Security is rotating staff that includes two or three members of Colleton County Sheriff’s Office and a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agent. Colleton County Fire-Rescue also mans the shelter.
“Everyone is working so well together,” Day said, “Everything is going real smooth.”
She expects that the number of people arriving at the shelter to increase as Hurricane Dorian slowly approaches the mainland.
“The storm is just creeping and it is so devastating,” Day said.
“It will be tomorrow,” she said, “before we have anything to worry about.
If you have any questions or if you need transportation to the evacuation shelter, please contact the County’s Emergency Operations Center at (843) 549-5632.
Pickup locations for transportation to the evacuation shelter:
• Bells Elementary School
• Cottageville Elementary School
• Hendersonville Elementary School
• Jacksonboro Baptist Church
• Mt. Nebo Baptist Church in Jonesville
If Dorian arrives in Colleton County, Day said, “We are ready.”
Shelter for pets
Colleton County Animal Services and the Colleton County Animal Response Team (CCART) are now offering a co-shelter for dogs and cats for those who will seek shelter at the American Red Cross shelter located at the high school.
For the safety of all pets, the shelter will not accept reptiles and pocket pets. Services will be provided first-come, first-served and as long as space allows. Pet owners coming to the shelter should check in first with the human shelter staff, and then proceed to the co-shelter.
The co-shelter is located next to the tennis courts at the high school.
Pet owners should bring the following items:
• Rabies certificate
• Food for three days (labeled with last name and pet name)
• Collar and leash for dogs
• Medications (labeled with last name and pet name)
• Optional: a blanket or object that will comfort the pet. No toys if your dog is a chewer.