Columbia, S.C. -- State, federal, local and voluntary agencies are providing assistance to families and individuals who suffered damage from the multiple storms that began with Hurricane Frances on September 6 and continued through October 11. Residents with storm damage must apply for assistance by December 6. SBA loan applications must also be in by that date.
Recovery services summary as of 8 a.m., Friday, November 12, 2004:
- 6,785 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.
- Toll free registration phone line hours are 6 a.m. to midnight seven days a week.
- The final day to register for disaster assistance is December 6, 2004.
- $4,225,670 in grants has been disbursed to residents in South Carolina through the Individuals and Households Program.
- $192,900 in loans has been approved by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to date.
- 88% of home inspections have been completed. There are 21 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 the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.