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Dorchester Co. preps for Hurricane Florence; plans to open pet-friendly shelter and move to OPCON 1

DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) - Dorchester County has been preparing for Hurricane Florence over the last several days and tomorrow will move its emergency operations center (EOC) into its highest level of activation.

The county's EOC will move to operating condition (OPCON) 1 at noon on Tuesday. OPCON 1 means an emergency is ongoing.

The county's three evacuation zones, D, E and F, are part of the full mandatory coastal evacuation ordered by Governor Henry McMaster and will begin tomorrow at noon.

In a release the county stated, "When the Governor orders a mandatory evacuation, it is required that everyone in the designated area leave. The mandatory evacuation order carries the force of state law. In addition, once you leave the area, the order prohibits you from returning until the Governor suspends the order and conditions are deemed safe."

County staff and the Town of Summerville Public Works Department worked to fill and distribute 15,000 sandbags. The county says there will not be any additional sandbag distribution after Monday.

The county also announced that it is opening a pet-friendly shelter and in a press release it stated: 

"Dorchester County will open a pet-friendly shelter at DuBose Middle School, located at 1005 DuBose School Road, Summerville, SC 29483 at noon tomorrow, Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

Residents evacuating to a shelter should pack minimally, bringing only the essentials i.e. bedding (blankets or sleeping bag, pillows, air mattresses or cots) personal hygiene products, a form of identification, all medications, important documents, a change of clothes, food and water for 3-4 days.

Residents who feel they may need to relocate to a special medical needs shelter should call the SCDHEC triage phone line at 1-800-578-2031. 

Shelters at Summerville High School, Woodland High School and St. George Middle School will be on standby to open if/when the need arises."

The release also that that the shelter will only accept small, created, domesticated animals. at least one member of a family must remain at the shelter with their animal.

Residents are responsible for bringing the following for their pet:

  1. Leash
  2. Vaccination Records
  3. Pet Food
  4. Water & Food Bowls
  5. Sheet or Blanket to cover Kennel
  6. Litter and Litter Box
  7. Medication (if needed)
  8. Training Pads for kennel

The special primary runoff election for Dorchester County Council District 1 that was scheduled for Tuesday will be rescheduled to Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Dorchester County has also opened a phone line, the Citizens Call Center (CCC), for questions related to Hurricane Florence. The CCC phone numbers are (843) 832-0393 and (843) 563-0393.

More information about Dorchester County and Hurricane Florence and a map of evacuation zones is available on the county's website.


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