Columbia, SC – Families and individuals who suffered damage from the multiple storms that began September 6 with Hurricane Frances and continued through October 11 have received assistance from state, federal, local and voluntary agencies within one week of the presidential disaster declaration. These agencies are working in partnership to speed help to South Carolina residents.
Recovery services summary as of 4:00 p.m., Friday, October 22, 2004:
- 1,692 individuals have called the FEMA toll free registration number 800-621-FEMA (3362), TTY: 800-462-7585. Individuals and business owners should call to register for disaster related state and federal assistance.
- $1, 038,901 have been disbursed to residents through the Individuals and Households Program. The first checks for housing assistance were issued five days after the October 7 presidential declaration.
- 629 loan applications (531 home applications and 98 business applications) have been issued by the Small Business Administration (SBA).
- 370 people have visited the six Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs).
Five DRCs were open temporarily in Darlington, Florence, Marlboro, Sumter and Chesterfield. A DRC in Kershaw County will close on October 23. Two DRCs in Pickens and Williamsburg Counties will be open beginning October 25. Additional centers will be opening soon in affected areas. People affected by the storms may go to the DRC to have questions answered about disaster assistance in person.
- 1221 home inspections have been requested. There are12 inspectors in the field.
- 243 meals were served by the American Red Cross, 15 individuals were sheltered and 76 daily rental units were provided immediately following the disaster.
On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA’s continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.