Tri-County officials hold briefing ahead of Hurricane Irma

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg (Credit: WCBD/Shawn Cabbagestalk)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — Dorchester, Berkeley, and Charleston County officials held a briefing at the Charleston County Emergency Operations Center Thursday afternoon.

Here is what you need to know:

Non-emergency citizen call centers:

  • Berkeley County: 843-719-4800
  • Dorchester County: 843-832-0393
  • Charleston County: 843-746-3900
  • Charleston County Spanish: 843-746-3909


  • Governor Henry McMaster has said he will most likely issue an evacuation order Saturday morning
  • Officials suggest people start leaving now to avoid congestion
  • South Carolina Highway Patrol urges you follow hurricane evacuation routes, not your phone’s GPS
  • Once that order goes into effect you will have limited options of where you can stop and which routes you can use
  • Know your evacuation zone


  • Information regarding shelters will not be available until an evacuation order goes into effect
  • The American Red Cross will not be providing cots, so they ask you to bring pillows, sheets, etc
  • Charleston County will have 5 shelters, together they will hold 2,500 people
  • Charleston County will have one designated pet shelter


  • Sandbag Information
  • Dorchester County will start supplying sandbags on Friday at noon
    • Ashley River Fire Station, 8045 Dorchester Road, Charleston, SC 29418
    • Dorchester County Fire-Rescue Station 21, 4214 Ladson Road, Ladson, SC 29456
    • Summerville Fire-Rescue Training Center, 1101 Yancey Street, Summerville, SC 29485
    • New Harleyville Town Hall (Old Sun Trust Bank Building) 122 W. Main ST. Harleyville, SC 29448
  • For updates on Dorchester County
  • Berkeley County
    • C & B Fire Department, 509 Royle Road
    • Cainhoy Fire Department -2451 Clements Ferry Road
    • Cross Fire Department, 1007 Short Cut Road, Cross, SC
    • Lake Moultrie Fire Department, 942 Black Oak Road
    • Macedonia Fire Department- Highway 17a and Harristown Road
    • Moncks Corner Rural Fire Department, 1020 Oakley Road
    • Pimlico Fire Department on Old Highway 52
    • Town of Moncks Corner Fire Department, 118 Carolina Avenue
    • Whitesville Fire Department, 115 Sunview Avenue
  • For updates on Berkeley County
  • Charleston County says they have a limited number of sandbags

If you choose to stay:

  • Prepare to be stuck where you are for 3-5 days without power



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