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
- 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:
Dent Middle School -- 2721 Decker Blvd, Columbia, SC
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-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-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
South Aiken High School -- 232 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC
Crestwood High School to open as a shelter at 5 p.m. Friday. It is located at 2000 Oswego Highway.
Manning High School -- 2155 Paxville Hwy, Manning, SC
- 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)
FULL LIST PROVIDED BY THE SOUTH CAROLINA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION (MOBILE LINK):