Pet Preparedness

Remember, during a disaster what’s good for you is good for your pet, so get them ready today.

Make a Plan

Never leave your pets behind. They could be lost, injured – or worse. Never leave a pet chained outdoors. Plan options include:

  • Ask a trusted neighbor to check on your animals if you are not home
  • Identify shelters. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets.
    • Find pet-friendly hotes along your evacuation route and keep a list in your pet’s emergency kit
    • Locate boarding facilities or animal hospitals near your evacuation shelter
    • Consider an out-of-town friend or relative
  • Locate a veterinarian or animal hospital in the area where you may be seeking temporary shelter, in case your pet needs medical care. Add the contact information to your emergency kit.
  • Have your pet microchipped and make sure that you not only keep your address and phone number up-to-date but you also include contact information for an emergency contact outside your immediate area.
  • Call your local animal shelter or animal control office to get advice and information.
  • If you are unable to return to your home right away, you may need to board your pet. Find out where pet boarding facilities are located.
  • Most boarding kennels, veterinarians, and animal shelters will need your pet's medical records to verify all vaccinations are current.

Build a Kit

Include basic survival items and items to keep your pet happy and comfortable:

  • Food - At least a 3-day supply in an airtight, waterproof container
  • Water - At least 3 days of water specifically for your pets
  • Medicines and Medical Records
  • Important Documents - Registration information, adoption papers, and vaccination documents
  • Identification Information - Talk to your veterinarian about microchipping and enrolling your pet in a recovery database
  • First Aid Kit
    • Cotton Bandage Rolls
    • Bandage Tape
    • Scissors
    • Antibiotic Ointment
    • Flea and Tick Prevention
    • Latex Gloves
    • Isopropyl Alcohol
    • Saline Solution
    • Pet First Aid Reference Book
  • Collar or Harness with ID Tag
  • Rabies Tag
  • Leash
  • Crate or Pet Carrier - it should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around, and lie down
  • Sanitation 
    • Litter & Litter Box
    • Newspapers or Potty Pads
    • Paper Towels
    • Plastic Trash Bags
    • Household Chlorine Bleach
  • Picture - a picture of you and your pet together will help document ownership and allow others to assist you in finding a lost pet. Add species, breed, age, sex, color, and distinguishing characteristics.
  • Familiar Items - treats, toys, and bedding can help reduce stress for your pet

Large Animals

If you have large animals such as horses, cattle, sheep, goats, or pigs on your property, be sure to prepare before a disaster.

  • Ensure all animals have some form of identification
  • Evacuate animals whenever possible – See Equine Emergency Evacuation information below
  • Map primary and secondary evacuation routes in advance
  • Identify vehicles and trailers needed for transporting and supporting each type of animal
  • Ensure handlers and drivers are experienced
  • Ensure destinations have food, water, veterinary care, and handling equipment
  • If evacuation is not possible, owners must decide whether to move large animals to shelter or turn them outside
Cold Weather
  • Observe livestock, and look for early signs of disease and injury.
  • Severe cold-weather injuries or death primarily occur in the very young or in animals that are already debilitated.

Animals suffering from frostbite don’t exhibit pain. It may be up to 2 weeks before the injury becomes evident as the damaged tissue starts to slough away. Then the injury should be treated as an open wound; a veterinarian should be consulted.

Make sure your livestock has the following to help prevent cold-weather problems:

  • Plenty of dry bedding to insulate vulnerable udders, genitals, and legs from the frozen ground and frigid winds
  • Windbreaks to keep animals safe from frigid conditions
  • Plenty of food and water

Equine Emergency Evacuation Sites

Facilities and Requirements
  • Call in advance for reservations and to check availability
  • Current Negative Coggins Test is required
  • Questions: Contact Marsha Hewitt, SCDA Equine Specialist, and Equine Evacuation Site Coordinator at 803-734-0106
South Carolina Facilities

Horry County Emergency Management Department does not endorse any of the emergency equine stabling sites listed below. This page is meant solely as a resource for residents who may need to evacuate their equines. 

Aiken Area

Buckleigh Farm
  • Location: Aiken, South Carolina
  • Contact: Ite O'Huggins
  • Phone: 803-640-5009 - Leave a message indicating the number of horses, name & phone number
  • Capacity: 50 - 60 stalls
  • Site Details
    • Owner provides feed, hay, bedding
    • Owner responsible for keeping stalls cleaned
    • Living quarters available bedroom with access to kitchen
    • No motorhome hook up
Aiken Training Track
  • Location: Aiken, South Carolina
  • Contact: Ron Stevens
  • Phone: 803-640-5009
  • Capacity: 50 - 60 stalls
  • Site Details: Owner provides feed, hay, and bedding
The Hippodrome
  • Location: North Augusta, South Carolina
  • Contact: Tim Peterson
  • Phone: 803-278-4785

Camden Area

  • Location: Camden, South Carolina
  • Contact: Jeff Teeter 
  • Phone: 803-432-6513
  • Capacity: 60 stalls
  • Site Details: Owner to supply feed, hay, and bedding (straw only)
  • Location: Camden, South Carolina
  • Contact: Mike Rahain
  • Phone: 803-422-1845
  • Capacity: 55 - 60 stalls
  • Site Details:
    • Owner to supply feed and hay
    • Bedding available for purchase
Camden Training Track
  • Location: Camden, South Carolina
  • Contact Paul Anderson
  • Phone: 803-513-2939
  • Capacity: 30 stalls
  • Site Details:
    • Owner to supply feed and hay
    • Bedding available for purchase
    • Owner responsible for cleaning stall before leaving
South Carolina Equine Park
Whitehaven Plantation
  • Location: Bishopville, South Carolina
  • Contact: Trisha Dingle
  • Phone: 803-428-5656
  • Capacity: 20 stalls and paddocks
South Carolina State Fairgrounds
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Contact: Nancy Smith
  • Phone: 803-799-3387 (hours 8 AM- 5 PM)
  • Site Details:
    • Available only if evacuation is mandatory
    • Owners must supply feed and bedding
    • Owner must clean stalls before leaving

Greenville Area

Garrison Arena
  • Location: Clemson, South Carolina
  • Contact: Charles Williams
  • Phone: 864-646-2717
  • Capacity: 300 stalls
North Carolina Facilities
Eastern Agriculture Center
  • Location: Williamston, North Carolina
  • Phone: 252-792-5802
Foothills Equestrian Nature Center
  • Location: Landrum, South Carolina and Tryon, North Carolina
  • Contact: Ron Piccari or Tracie Hanson 
  • Phone: 803-859-9021
North Carolina Ag Center
  • Location: Arden and Asheville, North Carolina
  • Contact: Matt Buchanan
  • Phone: 828-687-1414
Harmon Field
  • Location: Tryon, North Carolina
  • Contact: George Alley
  • Phone: 828-817-5577 or 828-859-5784
  • Capacity: 150 stalls
  • Site Details: Owner supplies feed, hay, and bedding
Hunt Complex
  • Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Phone: 919-821-7400
  • Site Details: Owner supplies feed, hay, and bedding
NCSU Veterinarian Equine Research Center
  • Location: Southern Pines, North Carolina
  • Phone: 910-692-8640
Western Agriculture Center
  • Location: Fletcher, North Carolina (Asheville area)
  • Phone: 828-687-1414
  • Site Details: Owner supplies feed, hay, and bedding

EMD - Important Phone Numbers

Important Phone Numbers

Horry County EMD
(843) 915-5150
American Red Cross (shelters)
(843) 477-0020
(888) 877-9151
Traffic & Road Conditions
Only activated when needed & Spanish interpreters available.
Re-entry Information
(866) 246-0133
This phone line is manned in Columbia and provides information on evacuation, shelters, damage assessments and re-entry. The number is activated once an evacuation is ordered.