On Monday, September 10, South Carolina Governor McMaster called for a mandatory evacuation for Jasper, Beaufort, Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties beginning at 12 noon on Tuesday, September 11 and to include lane reversals on I-26 to force all traffic inland.

Weather Update

Hurricane Florence is currently a Category 4 storm and is predicted to make landfall near Wilmington, NC, Thursday afternoon, September 13. The lowcountry will experience significant rainfall and winds up to approximately 35 miles per hour. The peak of the storm is expected to be from Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon.

Facility & Service Closures

Colleton Medical Center is not under a medical evacuation order and will remain open during Hurricane Florence. For the safety of our patients and team, our physician practices will be closed from Tuesday, September 11 – Friday, September 14. We expect the practices to reopen Monday, September 17. View a detailed list of our locations.

We are committed to caring for our community and will quickly reopen facilities as soon as it is safe to do so.

For the latest information on closures, shelters and other assistance, visit https://www.scemd.org/.

Colleton Medical Center offers one of the most comprehensive hurricane preparedness plans to ensure our patients and our staff who care for them are safe before, during and after a storm. We have contracts with vendors from around the state and nation to provide support from on-site security to generators and food for our patients and staff. Transfer processes and plans with our network of hospitals across the country also exist should patients need to be relocated.

As an acute care hospital, our resources are committed to providing for our patients and staff who will remain here to care for them during the duration of the storm. Please note we are not a shelter and are not equipped to serve as a shelter during a storm.

If You Are Expecting

Any pregnant woman who is two weeks from her due date (36 weeks gestation) or is considered high-risk may be asked to stay at the hospital in the event of a hurricane. If your physician determines that it is necessary for you to be in the hospital, arrive no later than four hours before landfall.

If You Receive Home Health Care and Are Homebound

If you are a homebound patient or dependent on any medical device that requires electricity, please contact your physician to ask for his or her recommendation.

If you are receiving home health services, please make sure your home health provider has developed a special hurricane plan for you.

If you require oxygen, check with your supplier about emergency plans.

Should you evacuate, please remember to take with you:

  • Medications
  • Written Care Instructions
  • Special Equipment
  • Bedding

If You Have Special Needs

If you are dependent on life support systems or on any medical device which requires electricity, you will need to make plans to relocate early for a hurricane. Power may be off for some time before, during and after a storm.