RIDGELAND (S.C.) - With the possibility of power outages and flooding from Tropical Storm Florence, some Jasper County residents are not taking any chances.
An evacuation shelter has opened up in Ridgeland as a safe haven for anyone who feels threatened by the storm.
Although there is not an evacuation order in the county, those who live in Zone A or in low lying areas are urged to leave for higher ground. You can check your zone on SCEMD.org.
The Red Cross is providing warm meals and cots at the Ridgeland-Hardeeville School Complex (250 Jaguar Trail, Ridgeland, S.C.). The entrance to the shelter is located at the rear of the complex and can be accessed from the bus loop road.
A few guidelines apply:
-Pets will be accepted, but pet owners must bring food, crates and a maximum of a 6-foot leash
-The Ridgeland shelter is not capable of handling evacuees with special medical needs
Those with special medical needs and are in need of shelter placement are urged to call 843-726-4421, extension 9 for assistance.
Bus transportation to the shelter has stopped. For those who still need a ride, officials ask you to call 843-726-4421 ext. 1009.
As of Friday afternoon, the shelter was housing more than 60 people.
Officials in Jasper County and the Town of Ridgeland are working diligently to prepare and implement emergency response plans to ensure the safety of all residents.
Residents can contact the Ridgeland Fire Department directly at 843-726-7522. The South Carolina emergency helpline is also active around the clock at 1-866-246-0133.
For more information on Jasper County Emergency Services, visit their website here.
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