Evacuation Shelters

Information on hurricane evacuation shelters

The operation of emergency shelters is a massive undertaking, utilizing a regional planning concept. In the event that a tropical storm or hurricane approaches Horry County, Baseline Sheltering Operations, listed below, will be implemented.

Baseline Sheltering Operations

During Baseline Sheltering Operations, Horry County Schools will be prepared to handle individuals requesting public shelter. Shelters will be opened at a specified time. Which shelters open and when will be determined in conjunction with the start of the coastal evacuation.
In the event a hurricane is rated a Category 2 or higher (winds 96-110 mph), Horry County will not open any shelters due to the expected wind loads on the buildings identified for sheltering. Shelters in counties inland from Horry County should be utilized in such events.

Shelter Address  
Aynor Middle School 400 Frye Road Galivants Ferry, SC 29544 Map
Conway High School 2301 Church Street Conway, SC 29526 Map
Loris High School 301 Loris Lions Road Loris, SC 29569 Map
North Myrtle Beach High School 3750 Sea Mountain Hwy, Little River, SC 29566 Map

Special Medical Needs Shelters

If you or a loved one has special medical needs, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) will coordinate Special Medical Needs Shelters. In the event of a hazard, such as a hurricane, officials will direct you to call 855-472-3432, to gain admission to the Special Medical Needs Shelter. NOTE: The number will only take calls regarding Special Medical Needs Shelters when Horry County is expecting a significant hazard.

Bus Routes and Shelters

For a complete list of active public shelters, visit SCEMD or the Red Cross. Or, you can download the SC Emergency Manager app or the Red Cross app to your smartphone or mobile device.
For questions about bus routes and help with transportation to the Red Cross shelters, contact Coast RTA or visit:
Coast RTA
A map of CoastRTA Evacuation Pickup Locations can be found here