Sheltering Information for Hurricanes, Floods, Ice Storms and other Disasters

Shelters are generally the place of last resort. Individuals and families are encouraged to have emergency plans in place. These plans should include relatives or friends with whom you can stay or locations to which you will travel. In the event that you must use a shelter, there are two types: American Red Cross (ARC) and Medical Needs Shelters (MNS) (pdf). Only individuals with certain medical needs will be admitted to a MNS.

Finding an Emergency Shelter in South Carolina

Visit the South Carolina Emergency Management Department for available shelters.

DHEC Care Line

Our call center, the “Care Line” 1-855-4SC-DHEC (1-855-472-3432) to answer general questions and determine eligibility.


  • American Red Cross Safe and Well: an application to help locate loved ones during a domestic disaster


Dorian 2019 Hurricanes & Floods Statewide