Hurricane Evacuation Zones

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Know Your Zone!

Find your Evacuation Zone 

In South Carolina, the Governor is the only official legally authorized to order an evacuation for hurricanes. Dorchester County residents in the impacted evacuation zones should relocate to a safe structure further inland and away from potential hazards if the Governor does order an evacuation.

Find your evacuation zone by searching for your address in the map below. 

Dorchester County Evacuation Zone Descriptions 

Zone D (Blue) - Tidal River and Creeks/Southern Swamps:

All properties along the Ashley River between Ashley River Road and Dorchester Road, from the Charleston County line to Bacons Bridge Rd. Properties that front the Sawmill Branch from Dorchester Road to Luden Road including Arbor Oaks, Sawbranch Apartments, Millbrook Apartments, and Creekside. Properties near Eagle Creek between Ladson Road and Parlor Road from Dorchester Road to the Charleston County line. Southeast portions of the county in the vicinity of Bear Swamp, Horse Savannah Swamp, Fishburne Creek, and Rantowles Creek including the Poplar Grove Community. All residents living in flood-prone areas or mobile/manufactured homes.

Zone E (Green) - Sand Hills/North Charleston/Wescott/Oakbrook/Miles Jamison Areas

Properties east of US Highway 17A to Dorchester Road including Summers Corner and Clubhouse Crossroads. Properties east of Orangeburg Road and South of Miles Jamison Road to the Charleston County line including South Main Mobile Home Park, Newington Plantation, Woodland Estates, Oakbrook, Wood Oak Park, Wescott, and the City of North Charleston in Dorchester County. All residents living in flood-prone areas or mobile/manufactured homes.

Zone F (Grey) - The Cypress Swamp

Areas near the Cypress Swamp, the Edisto River, the Twin Lakes subdivision, and portions of The Ponds subdivision. All residents living in flood-prone areas or mobile/manufactured homes.

Additional Resources


Evacuation Tips

  • Pre-plan primary and alternate routes. Become familiar with roads parallel to primary evacuation routes.
  • There will be no access to the reversed (normally eastbound) lanes of I-26 west of the College Park Rd. interchange/exit 203. Access to the I-26 westbound lanes will be available west of exit 203. 
  • Leave as soon as possible and preferably during daylight hours. Evacuation may take longer than expected so allow extra time to reach your destination.
  • Carry road/evacuation route maps with you. Avoid traveling near low-lying areas after heavy rainfall.
  • Evacuation route maps, I-26 Lane Reversal information, and other important evacuation guidance can be found on the SC Department of Public Safety web page.
  • Traffic information can be found by dialing 5-1-1. During an evacuation or other declared emergency, the SC Department of Transportation will activate a toll-free number for traffic and road conditions. Call 1-888-877-9151.
  • Electronic message boards along evacuation routes may direct motorists to tune into a local AM radio station for route-specific traffic information and other emergency-related messages.
  • The Comfort Stations at rest areas and weigh stations in Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, and Orangeburg Counties are supplied with extra portable toilets and bottled water during mandatory evacuations.

Radio Stations

The following radio stations are key participants in the Emergency Alert System and S.C. Public Radio. They broadcast emergency information throughout the state, as do numerous other radio and television stations. 

Charleston

  • WSCI  89.3 FM (S.C. Public Radio)
  • WIWF 96.9 FM
  • WEZL 103.5 FM

Columbia (I-26 West)

  • WLTR  91.4 FM (S.C. Public Radio) 
  • WCOS 97.5 FM
  • WTCB 106.7 FM

Florence (I-95 North)

  • WRJA  88.1 FM (S.C. Public Radio-Sumter)
  • WJMX  103.3 FM
  • WYNN 106.3 FM

Rock Hill (I-77 North)

  • WNSC 88.9 FM (S.C. Public Radio) 

Aiken/Augusta (Highway 78 West)

  • WLJK   89.1 FM (S.C. Public Radio)  
  • WBBQ 104.3 FM
  • WLUB  105.7FM

Beaufort/Hilton Head (I-95 South)

  • WJWJ 89.9 FM (S.C. Public Radio)

What If I Do Not Live In An Evacuation Zone?

In general, residents may consider remaining in their home if they live outside of the evacuation zones. However, damaging winds and flooding from rainfall can and do occur outside of evacuation zones. Residents are encouraged to identify the hazards in their neighborhood and may wish to evacuate if they do not feel safe in their home.


Long-term Preparedness Actions 

  • Trim dead and weak vegetation before hurricane season
  • Landscape with native plants and trees 
  • Limit the use of non-permeable surfaces around your home
  • Ensure your home is compliant with current building codes

Short-term Preparedness Actions 

  • Bring loose, lightweight objects (e.g. patio furniture and garbage cans) inside that could become projectiles in high winds. Anchor objects that are unsafe to bring inside (e.g. propane tanks).  
  • Cover all windows by installing permanent storm shutters. Another option is to board up windows with 5/8" exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.
  • Review the family's Disaster Plan
  • Restock the family's Disaster Supply Kit with enough food, water, and other essentials for a minimum of 3 days (5 days recommended)
  • Turn the refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. The food will last longer during a power outage. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to check the temperature when the power is restored. 
  • An interior room with no windows is the safest place to ride out a tropical storm or hurricane
  • Keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet from windows and odors and protected from moisture. Never try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.