LIST: Midlands shelters and pet-friendly lodging

LIST: Midlands shelters and pet-friendly lodging

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - As coastal evacuations continue ahead of the potential damage from Hurricane Matthew, many expect the Midlands to be the place for the evacuees to stop.

Pets are only allowed at those designated as pet-friendly below. Official shelters typically do not accept pets, unless they are noted.

Anyone seeking a shelter should bring the following:

  • Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Clothing and bedding, such as a sleeping bag, blankets and pillows
  • Prescription medications and medical devices and supplies
  • Toiletries
  • Important documentation, including contacts information for relatives, physicians, insurance information, etc.
  • Cell phones and chargers, battery powered flashlights

The following list of shelters will be updated throughout the day as they open:

Richland County

Dent Middle School -- 2721 Decker Blvd, Columbia, SC

Lexington County

White Knoll High School -- 5643 Platt Springs Road, Lexington, SC 29073 -- Lexington County officials say that shelter will open at 3 p.m. and can carry 2,602 occupants.

Bamberg County

Bamberg-Ehrhardt School -- 267 Red Rider Dr., Bamberg, SC

Ghents Branch Baptist Church -- 1974 Ghents Branch Road, Denmark, SC

Denmark-Olar High School -- 197 Viking Circle, Denmark, SC

Orangeburg County

Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School -- 601 Bruin Parkway, Orangeburg, SC 29115

Hunter-Kinard Tyler High School -- 7066 Norway Road, Neeses, SC 29113

Elloree Elementary School -- 200 Warrior Drive, Elloree, SC 29047

Bowman Bethune High School -- 4857 Charleston Highway, Rowesville, SC 29133

Aiken County

South Aiken High School -- 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC

Sumter County

Crestwood High School to open as a shelter at 5 p.m. Friday. It is located at 2000 Oswego Highway.

Clarendon County

Manning High School -- 2155 Paxville Hwy, Manning, SC

Pet-Friendly Lodging

  • Quality Inn & Suites (328 W. Main St., US Hwy. 1 & 378, Lexington, SC 29072)
  • Rodeway Inn Airport (500 Chris Dr, West Columbia, SC 29169)
  • Red Roof Inn (10 Berryhill Rd, Columbia, SC 29210)
  • Comfort Inn (911 Bush River Rd, Columbia, SC 29210)
  • Hyatt Place Columbia/Harbison (1130 Kinley Road, Irmo, SC 29063)
  • Quality Inn Harbison (499 Piney Grove Road, Columbia, SC 29210)
  • Quality Inn (2516 Augusta Road, West Columbia, SC 29169)
  • Doubletree by Hilton (2100 Bush River Road, Columbia,SC 29210
  • Extended Stay America (450 Gracern Road, Columbia, SC 29210)
  • A Second Chance Animal Shelter will assist with pet care. (5079 Alex Harvin Highway, Manning, SC or call 803-473-7075)

Other Options:

Rental company Airbnb has also activated its disaster response tool ahead of Matthew to help evacuees find lodging.


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