Columbia, S.C. -- Families and individuals who suffered damage from the multiple storms that began with Hurricane Frances on September 6 and continued through October 11 are receiving assistance from state, federal, local and voluntary agencies. These agencies are working in partnership to speed help to South Carolina residents.
Recovery services summary as of 4:00 p.m., Friday, October 29, 2004:
- 3,362 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, 816,143 in grants have been disbursed to residents in South Carolina through the Individuals and Households Program.
- 1,315 loan applications (1,129 home applications and 186 business applications) have been issued by the Small Business Administration (SBA).
- 740 people have visited the temporary Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs). A DRC is scheduled to open Monday, November 1 at 10:00 a.m. at the Berkeley County Administration Building Emergency Operation Center, 223 N. Live Oak Drive in Moncks Corner.
- 2780 home inspections have been requested. There are16 inspectors in the field.
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 Citizen Corps, the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.