The Palmetto Breeze transportation service is responsible for transporting Beaufort County residents to public shelters during a mandatory evacuation. In addition to Breeze buses, the evacuation process will include the use of school buses and human service agency vehicles. The Palmetto Breeze will take you to a shelter located in an adjacent county, if local shelters are not open. When the bus has made the last trip, the driver will remain at the shelter until the evacuation order is rescinded and clearance is given to return to Beaufort County. If you have any pre-storm questions regarding evacuation transportation, please contact the Palmetto Breeze at (843)757-5782. During a mandatory evacuation, we can be reached at the Beaufort County Emergency Operation Center (843)470-3100.

What to take with you to the shelter:

  • A three-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day) and food that won't spoil. Change stored water supply and rotate food every six months.
  • One change of clothing and footwear per person and one blanket or sleeping bag per person.
  • A first aid kit that includes your family's prescription medications.
  • Emergency tools including a battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries.
  • An extra set of car keys and a credit card, cash or traveler's checks.
  • Plastic trash bags.
  • Sanitation supplies.
  • Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family member.
  • An extra pair of prescription glasses.
  • Keep important family documents in a waterproof container.

Tips for riding the Breeze (public transportation) during an evacuation:As you board the bus, you will be issued a colored wrist band. It is important to keep this wrist band to help the driver return you to the location where you originally boarded the bus.  

  • Find a seat quickly. Leave the front seats vacant for elderly and disabled passengers who may board after you.
  • Take as few personal items as possible. There is limited space on the bus and in the shelters. No household furnishings, weapons, illegal drugs, or alcohol will be allowed on the vehicles. Please follow Beaufort County recommendations regarding what to bring with you.
  • With the exception of service animals, pets are not allowed on the bus or in the shelters.  For more pet information, please contact Beaufort County Animal Services 843-255-5010. 
  • Passengers must have a picture identification to return to their homes.
  • Plan Ahead!

The Palmetto Breeze provides street pick-up only. Door-to-door service required by medical necessity will be provided by the fire department or other emergency personnel.


OUT-OF COUNTY EVACUATIONS: The pick-up points will remain the same as those listed for Local Evacuations. Various out-of-county shelters will be used during an out-of-county evacuation.

LOCAL EVACUATIONS: Shelters and evacuation pick-up points throughout the county effective during an emergency evacuation are as follows (Shelters are subject to change):

Beaufort Elementary School

Pick-up Points:   St. Helena Island

  1. Scott Hill Road
  2. Land’s End Road (old store)
  3. Adam Street Baptist Church
  4. Seaside Road
  5. Seaside Mini Market (Miller’s Market)
  6. Folly Road Grocery
  7. Seaside Center (Parks & Leisure )
  8. Fripp Island at The Beach Club
  9. Faith Memorial Church

Pick-up Points:   Lady’s Island

  1. Sam's Point Road Area
  2. Sam’s Point Road Fire Station
  3. Sam’s Point Road Texaco Station
  4. County Baseball Field in Broomfield - PALS
  5. Highway 802

Pick-up Points:  Beaufort Area

  1. Piggly Wiggly
  2. Pigeon Point
  3. National Guard Cemetery (behind the bricks)
  4. K-Mart/Bi Lo Shopping Center
  5. Beaufort Plaza

Pick-up Points: Beaufort/Port Royal Area

  1. Mossy Oaks Housing
  2. Spanish Trace Housing
  3. Paris Avenue
  4. The Pantry
Battery Creek High School

Pick-up Points: Beaufort/Port Royal

  1. Bi Lo Grocery
  2. Shell Point Area
  3. Savannah Highway
  4. Goethe Hill Road & Highway 280
  5. Broad River Elementary Boulevard
  6. Laurel Bay

Pick-up Points: Burton/Grays Hill

  1. Corner Market (at red light on Hwy 21)
  2. Possum Hill
  3. Shanklin Road
  4. Laurel Bay
  5. Roseida Road
  6. County Shed Road

Pick-up Points: Sheldon

  1. Agnes Major Community Center
  2. Elijah Washington Comprehensive Health Clinic
  3. Booker T. Washington Community Center
  4. Piggly Wiggly
  5. Family Life Center
Bluffton Elementary School &
McCracken Middle School

Pick-up Points:  Bluffton

  1. Piggly Wiggly
  2. Food Lion
  3. Bluffton Post Office
  4. Kroger
  5. Simmons Cay Apartments - Route 46
  6. M.C. Riley Elementary School
  7. Sun City
  8. Bluffton Eagle Field – Buck Island Road
  9. Store - Prichardville

Pick-up Points:  Hilton Head Island

Route 1

  1. Boys & Girls Club (151 Gum Tree Road)
  2. Grace Community Church (450 Spanish
    Wells Road)
  3. Elk's Lodge (173 Marshland Road)
  4. Pineland Station by Le Bistro (430 William
    Hilton Parkway) 

Route 2

  1. Pineland Station by Le Bistro (430 William
    Hilton Parkway) 
  2. Elk's Lodge (173 Marshland Road)
  3. Holy Family Catholic Church (24 Pope
  4. Hilton Head Resorts - Building #2 (663
    William Hilton Parkway)