Hurricane Dorian: Shelters are open

Red Cross shelter at Westview Middle School in Goose Creek on Wednesday. 

Red Cross shelters in Berkeley and Dorchester counties have opened. Dorchester County has a pet friendly shelter at Dubose Middle School on 1005 Dubose School Road in Summerville. As of Wednesday morning there were 22 people at Dubose. Those going to the shelter with pets are encouraged to bring pet supplies and a kennel. Only small domesticated animals will be allowed.

The Shelters in Berkeley County are at Westview Middle School, 101 Westview Middle School Drive in Goose Creek, Berkeley Middle School, 320 N Live Oak Drive Moncks Corner, St. Stephen Elementary, 1053 Russellville Road St. Stephen and Cane Bay High School, which is a pet friendly shelter, at 1624 State Road.

“We thought we would be getting more people in but the storm has everybody starching their heads,” said Kurt Harold, the shelter manager at Westview Middle School. Currently there are about six people staying at the school.

“We have the capability to do many more if the need arises (…) If they are concerned the Red Cross would very much prefer they got to a shelter,” said Harold.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control has opened a medical special needs shelter at Westview Primary in Goose Creek. As of Wednesday afternoon there were six people at that shelter. Those going there must call DHEC first at 855-472-3432.

“There is a triage process to the medical needs shelter that everyone has to go through and they also have to have a caregiver,” said, Taylor Lee Public Health Director for DHEC Lowcountry. “It is really for patients that have electricity needs and that is it,” he said.

“We do not provide any nursing care we simply provide electricity for people who have certain medical apparatus that basically can’t deal with a power failure.”

Tri-County Link will provide transportation to shelters to those in need of transportation. You are asked to call the Berkeley County citizen information line to request transportation. That number is 843-719-4800. The citizen information line will now be open 24 hours a day through the duration of the storm.

The Citizens Call Center for Dorchester County is open as well. That number is (843) 832-0393 or (843) 563-0393.