Hurricane Dorian Press Releases

Residents in Low-Lying Areas Encouraged to Evacuate

Post Date:09/04/2019 11:30 AM

Dorchester County encourages residents who live in a low-lying or flood-prone area to please consider evacuating or relocating with family or friends or to the pet-friendly shelter at Dubose Middle School.

Once Dorchester County begins to experience sustained tropical-storm-force winds (39 mph) all public safety crews will be pulled off the roads. If residents choose to travel during this time, it will be at their own risk as crews will be unable to respond until the sustained winds subside. Dorchester County asks residents to remain off the roads until the storm has passed and the roadways have been deemed safe. Driving during the storm or before the all-clear is given puts their lives and the lives of our first responders at risk.

Citizens Call Center

The Citizens Call Center is open. That number is (843) 832-0393 or (843) 563-0393. All road issues should be reported to the Citizens Call Center.

Residents and Business Owners should not report damage to personal or business property to the Citizens Call Center or on social media. Dorchester County will publish a Damage Reporting Tool, post-storm when it is has been deemed safe to begin damage assessments.


Dorchester County has opened a pet-friendly shelter at DuBose Middle School, located at 1005 DuBose School Road, Summerville, SC 29483.

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.

Nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other medical facilities should not be evacuated to the shelter.  These facilities should follow state protocol for emergency evacuations. 

Special Medical Needs

Residents who feel they may need to relocate to a special medical needs shelter should call the SCDHEC triage phone line at 1-855-472-3432 followed by #5.


The Shelter will only accept crated, small, domesticated animals. At least one family member must remain on-premise.

Residents who would like to utilize the pet shelter will be responsible for bringing all pet supplies including, but not limited to the below:

  • Leash
  • Vaccination Records
  • Pet Food
  • Water & Food Bowls
  • Sheet or Blanket to cover Kennel
  • Litter and Litter Box
  • Medication (if needed)
  • Training Pads for kennel

Convenience Sites

All Dorchester County Convenience Sites are closed until further notice. All sites are at capacity. Public Works crews are working to clear the sites and ready them to be reopened once Hurricane Dorian has passed and it is deemed safe to do so.

The City of North Charleston and the Town of Summerville have suspended curbside service until further notice.


Sandbag operations ended at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, September 3. However, sand may still be available at the below sites. Residents are welcome to the sand but will need to bring their own shovel and bags. No additional sand will be provided.

Gahagan Park
184 W. Boundary St.
Summerville, SC 29483

Oakbrook Middle School
286 Old Fort Dr.
Ladson, SC 29456

Dubose Middle School
1005 Dubose School Road
Summerville, SC 29483

Dorchester County Courthouse
5200 E. Jim Bilton Blvd.
St. George, SC 29477

Ridgeville Town Hall
105 School St.
Ridgeville, SC 29472

Harleyville Town Hall
122 W. Main St.
Harleyville, SC 29448

Reporting Power Outages

Power Outages should be reported directly to the utility provider.

Residents should not call 9-1-1, the Citizens Call Center or the Emergency Management Department to report a power outage.

Residents are also advised to never use social media channels to report outages or share personal information.

Dominion Energy Reporting Information

Edisto Electric Reporting Information

Berkeley Electric Reporting Information

Coastal Electric Reporting

  • (843) 538-5700

Burn Ban

The South Carolina Forestry Commission has issued a Burning Ban for all counties, effective at 7:00 AM, today, Wednesday, September 4.

The Burning Ban prohibits all outdoor burning, including yard debris burning, campfires and burning for forestry, wildlife or agricultural purposes in unincorporated areas.

The ban will stay in effect until further notice, which will come in the form of an official announcement from the Forestry Commission.

Government and School Closures

All Dorchester County Offices, Courts and Convenience Sites, Municipal Offices and Courts, Dorchester School District Two and Four Schools, the Dorchester County Career & Technology Center and the Dorchester County Library are closed until further notice.

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