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Hurricane Florence: Evacuation Resources for You and Your Pet

evacuation cat and owner for hurricane florence.

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.

South Carolina

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

North Carolina

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

dog hugging owner in wake of hurricane florence.

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. Likewise, there is a link to the Maryland Emergency Management Twitter with active updates.

Additional resources

For more emergency updates and resources,  follow FEMA and Ready.GOV. Also, BringFido has an extensive list of evacuation shelter resources.

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.

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