While Hurricane Florence is making its way toward Coastal South Carolina and North Carolina, SC residents need to look ahead to ensure their safety before the storm gets to us. It is important for persons with disabilities who may require specific support, resources, or additional time to get to a safe location. Remember! to bring any medications or durable medical equipment you require with you to your shelter locations. Shelters may not be equipped for your specific needs.

We will continue to offer support and updates in the coming week.  Our office will close September 11, 2018 at noon.  We will have a rollover feature on our phone and emergency information available.  Our number is 843-225-5080.  Please follow directions and evacuation routes.  Our staff resources may be reduced with mandatory evacuations and our services will be limited to emergency situation assistance until such restrictions have been lifted and we return to regular operating schedule in all offices.

AccessAbility Emergency Services Include:

· Access and charging stations for durable medical equipment (canes, walkers, AT chargers, wheelchairs, shower chairs, accessible cots, etc.) of items that were lost or damaged during the emergency.

·  Advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities in emergency shelters and beyond.

· Visit shelters to assess for needs of individuals with disabilities provide I&R, and connect to available resources

· Information and Referral—calls regarding emergency preparation and impact will take priority. Post storm, we are available to assist in completing any documentation or applications to agencies such as FEMA and American Red Cross.

We will keep you updated on service availability through our Twitter and Facebook accounts. We want to work to assure people are safe and have necessary resources, but please keep in mind the limitations that we may face depending on the level of impact in our areas.

In addition, we have compiled a list of online resources that can be used before, during and after Hurricane Florence strikes. Many of these resources are valuable for other disaster emergency situations. This page will be updated as new resources become available.

Hurricane Resources:

General Preparation Information

CARTA Emergency Information
Routes will begin 9/11/18 at 12 pm to local shelters. Please see the routes map link below.

Prepare an Emergency Prep Kit

Make a communication Plan

Individuals with Disabilities
Think about more than just food and water resources


South Carolina School Closures

LINK for FINDING SC shelters

Apps & Resources to keep you in the know & provide communication:

National Hurricane Center


Show Me: A communication Tool for Emergency Shelters

A series of tools designed to enhance communication between individuals with communication challenges and public health/emergency personnel/volunteers during times of emergencies.


A resource to check gas stations to see if they have fuel or not.

CodeRed Alerts from SCEMD

Get emergency notifications from SCEMD by phone, text and email.

Local resources:

SCEMD’s “Know Your Zone” website

South Carolina’s emergency helpline is now active around the clock. Anyone with questions related to Hurricane Florence should call the Public Information Phone System at 1-866-246-0133.

These websites offers real-time traffic updates for Georgia and South Carolina’s major roads.



Hurricane Hotlines & Public Information System Phone Numbers

Live 5 Hurricane Hotline (843) 402-5800

Live 5 Weather Hotline (843) 402-5700

Live 5 Newsroom (843) 577 – NEWS

Red Cross Shelter Information (843) 764-2323

Shelters for Individuals with Disabilities and Specific Needs (803) 898-3694

SC Public Information Phone System 1-866-246-0133

SC Road Conditions 1-888-877-9151


Berkeley (843) 719-4166

Charleston (843) 202-7100

Dorchester (843) 832-0341

Orangeburg (803) 533-6265

Williamsburg (843) 354-9330



To report outages: 1-888-333-4465

Consumer help line: 1-800-251-7234

Berkeley Electric Cooperative

To report outages: 1-888-253-4232

Consumer help lines:

Awendaw – (843) 884-7525

Goose Creek – (843) 553-5020

Johns Island – (843) 559-2458

Moncks Corner – (843) 761-8200

Santee Cooper

To report outages: 1-888-769-7688

Consumer help line: (843) 761-8000

Santee Electric Cooperative

Customer help line: 1-888-239-2300