As a Hurricane Florence makes landfall, it is predicted to impact many across the eastern coastline and southeast region of the U.S. If you and your pet are in the path of Hurricane Florence, please stay safe, and know we are standing by to support in any way your pet may need. The impact of this hurricane is predicted to bring torrential rain, high winds, and catastrophic flooding. As a result, we wanted to provide some evacuation and emergency resources for you and your pet specific to your region.
Hurricane Florence: Evacuation Shelter Locations and Resources for Your Pet
Multiple states have already declared a state of emergencies such as North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and Maryland. Additionally, several counties have declared a mandatory evacuation. If you are in the area and have not yet evacuated, please do so as soon as you are able. And don’t forget to take everything you need for your pet. There will be places to bring your pet, including pet-safe shelters if you have the right materials on hand.
American Red Cross: Open Shelter Locations
According to the American Red Cross, there are at least 72 open shelters available for evacuation, and shelters are continuing to open throughout the storm. Here are some area shelters. You should contact the shelter to make sure there is space and can accommodate your pet.
Andrews Elementary School Georgetown County 13072 County Line Road Andrews, SC 29510
East Clarendon High School Clarendon County 1172 Pope St Turbville, SC 29162
Lake City High School Florence County 652 N. Matthews Rd. Lake City, SC 29560
Timmonsville High School Florence County 304 Kemper St. Timmonsville, SC 29161
Palmetto Bays Elementary Horry County 8900 Highway 544 Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
Whittemore Park Middle Sc. Horry County 1808 Rhue St. Conway, SC 29526
Orangeburg Wilkinson High Orangeburg County 601 Bruin Parkway Orangeburg, SC 29115
Colleton County High Colleton County 150 Cougar Nation Dr. Walterboro, SC 29488
South Florence High Sc. Florence County 3200 S Irby Street Florence, SC 29505
North Myrtle Beach HS Horry County 3750 Sea Mountain HWY Little River, SC 29566
Top Sail Elementary School Pender County 17385 US HWY 17 Hampstead, NC 28443
Kenansville Elementary School Duplin County 328 Limestone Rd. Kenansville, NC 28349
Smith Middle School Orange County 9201 Seawell School Rd. Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Cape Fear Middle School Pender County 1886 NC HWY 133 Rocky Point, NC 28457
Havelock High School Craven County 101 Webb Ave. Havelock, NC 28532
Washington High School Beaufort County 400 Slatestone Rd. Washington, NC 27889
Chowman Middle School Chowman County 2845 Virginia Rd. Tyner, NC 27980
Hillside High School Durham County 3727 Fayetteville Street Durham, NC 27707
Brinson Memorial Elem. Sc. Craven County 319 Neuse Forest Ave. New Bern, NC 28562
North Brunswick HS Brunswick County 114 Scorpion Dr. Leland, NC 28451
Emma B Trask Middle Sc. New Hanover County 2900 N. College Rd. Wilmington, NC 28405
Grover King VFW Post 1115 Carroll County 701 West Stuart Drive Hillsville, VA 24343
Arcadia High School Accomack County 8210 Lankford Highway Oak Hill, VA 23416
Pet Resources at Shelters
Many shelters do not allow pets other than service animals in the shelter itself. But they do understand that the safety and well-being of your pet are essential.
When you arrive at the shelter, find a volunteer or call ahead to see what resources are available for your pet. Likewise, many Red Cross shelters work with partners and rescue organizations that can facilitate the safety and well-being of your pet while you stay at the evacuation shelter.
Pet Emergency Kits and Supplies
Emergency kits are essential for your pet’s well-being. Ideally, you should have two weeks’ worth of food, water, and medication in your emergency kit. Also, a crate to contain your pet during transport is important for safety. Likewise, if you are in a flood zone, a life jacket could become crucial for your pet’s safety.
Additional Emergency Resources
American RedCross Open Shelter
South Carolina Emergency Management Division
South Carolina Emergency Management Division has a website with updated hurricane evacuation orders, emergency shelter locations, lane reversal routes, and zone evacuation guides. Also, there is a South Carolina emergency app you can download and is available via IOS and Android.
North Carolina Emergency Management Website
North Carolina Emergency Management Website has a link to updated hurricane Florence updates. Likewise, the ReadyNC app is available to download and the website has an active Twitter feed with updates.
Georgia Emergency Management & HS
According to Georgia Emergency Management, all 159 Counties have been issued a state of Emergency for Georgia. Also, Georgia State Parks are available for evacuees seeking assistance, including families with domestic pets. Likewise, the Georgia Emergency Managment Twitter is available for updates.
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has more information on the mandatory evacuation order at this time. You can find more information about evacuation zones and procedures, news, resources, prep guide, and more. Their twitter account has up to date alerts on road closures, transportation, and storm tracking.
Maryland Emergency Management Agency
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency has news updates, flood zone area information and a Maryland Prepares App that you can download. Also, there is a link to the Maryland Emergency Management Twitter with active updates.
Most importantly, stay safe and don’t hesitate to call us with any questions or concerns. We are available 24/7 to provide assistance to you and your pet. We can be reached at 855-210-8746.