Hurricane Evacuation

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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. If the Governor orders an evacuation Dorchester County residents in the impacted evacuation zones should relocate to a safe structure further inland and away from potential hazards.

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


Zone B (Red) - Central Charleston: From the Charleston county line to Ladson Road to the Ashley River. This includes the City of North Charleston in Dorchester County, and all residents living in all low-lying areas and those residents currently residing in mobile or manufactured homes.

Zone D (Blue) - Sand Hills Area: West of the Ashley River, 17A to the Colleton County line and all areas bordering Charleston County, and all residents living in all low-lying areas and those residents currently residing in mobile or manufactured homes.

Zone E (Green) - Miles Jamison/Oakbrook Area: Miles Jamison Road, between Ladson Road, to Bacons Bridge Road: including the Lakes of Summerville, Newington Plantation, and Crestwood Subdivision south to Orangeburg Road, and South Main Mobile Home Park, and all residents living in all low-lying areas and those residents currently residing in mobile or manufactured homes.

Zone F (Grey) - The Swamp: Any other low-lying areas including the Cypress Swamp area, the Edisto River area and the Twin Lakes Subdivision and those residents currently residing in mobile or manufactured homes.


Additional Resources

South Carolina Hurricane Guide

SC Department of Transportation Evacuation Routes

Before You Evacuate

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. 


  • 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 You Do Not Live In An Evacuation Zone?

Run from the Water, Brace for the Wind!
In general, residents may consider remaining in their home if they live outside of the evacuation zones. However, the following precautions should be taken:

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. 


Learn more about Emergency Preparedness for families, homes, and businesses.