County News

Anderson, SC (10 September 2017, 4:00 p.m. EDT) –The Anderson Civic Center opened at 12:00 p.m. as a shelter for Florida and Georgia residents who are evacuating from Hurricane Irma’s projected path as well as those in Anderson County and the Upstate who may be concerned about their safety as high winds are expected to impact the County into Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Shelters are generally the place of last resort. Individuals and families are encouraged to have emergency plans in place. These plans should include relatives or friends with whom you can stay or locations to which you will travel.

Those seeking shelter from Hurricane Irma can go to the following location:

The Anderson Civic Center
3027 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Anderson, S.C. 29622
This shelter is pet-friendly.

The Department of Social Services is designated as the lead agency for coordinating mass care operations. In particular, DSS works with the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, the Department of Health and Environmental Control and other state agencies and volunteer relief organizations in disaster situations to coordinate the capability to meet basic human needs (shelter, food, bulk distribution of emergency relief supplies, disaster welfare inquiries, and emergency social services).

A complete list of open shelters is available at and will be updated in real-time should more shelters be needed. The South Carolina Emergency Management Division along with the S.C. Department of Social Services is working with the American Red Cross and county emergency managers to open emergency shelters as needed. There are currently 254 people staying in ten shelters across the state.

The S.C. Department of Transportation will use electronic message boards along highways to direct evacuees to the shelters.