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The Governor of South Carolina is the only one having authority to order an evacuation for the entire Island. You are encouraged heed that evacuation order and consider evacuating well before the evacuation order is given.
Many kinds of emergencies can cause you to have to evacuate. Planning is vital to making sure that you can evacuate quickly and safely no matter what the circumstances.
Hilton Head Island evacuees will use both the William Hilton Parkway (US 278 Business) and the Cross Island Parkway toll facility (US 278).
If you are going to wait for the evacuation order:
If you are going to leave prior to the evacuation order:
It is important to have multiple destinations as options during a hurricane evacuation.
If you choose to stay in a shelter:
Are you going to self-evacuate or will you need assistance?
If you don't have reliable transportation of your own, you need to know in advance what options may be available through your neighbors and local government. Beaufort County has developed a county-wide evacuation plan for those needing assistance evacuating.
If you are going to a shelter by bus:
www.palmettobreezetransit.comPre-storm - 843-757-5782
During an evacuation - 843-255-4000
Those who are home bound, people with disabilities, and/or do not have existing transportation options should consider registering for the Palmetto Breeze Transportation Evacuation Assistance Registry.