Proudly Serving the Citizens of Beaufort County, South Carolina

For emergencies, call 9-1-1

Proudly Serving the Citizens of Beaufort County, South Carolina

For emergencies, call 9-1-1

Where to find storm shelters

The American Red Cross operates shelters in the Lowcountry in the event of a natural disaster.

The American Red Cross only opens shelters in Beaufort County during tropical storms. If a storm is projected to make landfall at a Category 1 or above, no shelters will be open in Beaufort County.

Residents can seek shelters in other counties, such as Hampton or Jasper. Shelter locations are based on the severity of the storm. Local officials will announce the locations of these shelters ahead of time, and law enforcement will provide security at the shelters.

For more information about local evacuation shelters, download this brochure.

For information on public transportation, please visit this link.


What to bring to storm shelters

  • A five-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day) and food that won’t spoil.
  • Your own bedding, water, hygiene items, toys for kids, reading materials, games, etc.
  • One change of clothing and footwear per person and one blanket or sleeping bag per person.
  • A first aid kit that includes your family’s prescription and over-the-counter medications.
  • Emergency tools including a battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries.
  • An extra set of car keys and a credit card, cash or traveler’s checks.
  • Plastic trash bags.
  • Special items for infant, elderly or any disabled family members.
  • An extra pair of prescription glasses.
  • Keep important family documents in a waterproof container.
  • Pets are not allowed in shelters, unless they are a designated service animal.


Where tropical storm shelters are typically operated in Beaufort County

Battery Creek High School
1 Blue Dolphin Drive
Burton, SC 29902

Beaufort Elementary School
1800 Prince St.
Beaufort, SC 29902

Beaufort High School
84 Sea Island Parkway
Beaufort, SC 29907

Beaufort Middle School
2501 Mossy Oaks Road
Beaufort, SC 29902

Bluffton Elementary School
160 H. E. McCracken Circle
Bluffton, SC 29910

Bluffton Middle School
30 New Mustang Drive
Bluffton, SC 29910

Bluffton High School
12 H. E. McCracken Circle
Bluffton, SC 29910

Broad River Elementary School
474 Broad River Road
Beaufort, SC 29906

H.E. McCracken Middle School
250 H.E. McCracken Circle
Bluffton, SC 29910

Hilton Head High School
70 Wilborn Road
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Okatie Elementary School
53 Cherry Point Road
Okatie, SC 29909

Whale Branch Early College High School
69 Detour Road
Beaufort, SC 29941