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2018-11-13 16:04 - News Release

COLUMBIA, S.C. – All State of South Carolina/Federal Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will be closed for the Veterans Day holiday on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. The centers will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13.Help is still available. Homeowners, renters and businesses can register or check their eligibility for federal, state and voluntary agency disaster assistance by:• Calling 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585) during the hours of 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; or• Visiting DisasterAssistance.gov.

2018-11-08 20:15 - News Release

COLUMBIA, S.C. – When a disaster strikes, local police, fire departments, neighbors and the whole community take part in the response. If the disaster is designated as a federally declared disaster, FEMA and its federal partners supplement work with the state to help survivors get back on their feet. A third component of disaster relief — volunteer organizations — fill the gap and help meet the needs of survivors not met by other means.

2018-11-07 17:59 - News Release

Help is Still Available after Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Chesterfield County COLUMBIA, S.C. – The State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in the town of Cheraw in Chesterfield County will close permanently at 6 p.m., Friday Nov. 9, 2018. 

2018-11-07 17:46 - News Release

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The deadline for South Carolinians to register for disaster assistance – for uninsured or underinsured damage or losses due to Hurricane Florence – has been extended to 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. FEMA granted the extension at the request of Gov. Henry McMaster, citing a continued flow of new applications for federal assistance. 

2018-11-05 15:19 - News Release

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (MDRC) will be visiting communities throughout Horry County for eleven days beginning Nov. 7, 2018.MDRCs are mobile disaster resources that allow state and local officials to maximize their reach to as many affected areas and survivors as possible. The centers offer in-person support to homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage or losses from Hurricane Florence.The MDRC will be available at the following locations and times:

2018-10-31 20:02 - News Release

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (MDRC) will be visiting the community of Bucksport in Horry County for four days, beginning Nov. 2.MDRCs are mobile disaster resources that allow state and local officials to maximize their reach to as many affected areas and survivors as possible. The center will offer in-person support to homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage or losses from Hurricane Florence.The DRC’s location and hours:

2018-10-31 14:00 - News Release

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Hurricane Florence survivors in South Carolina should contact their local building officials to obtain permits before they consider new construction or repairs on disaster damaged property. Construction and repair should begin only after owners have obtained permits. Obtaining building permits is an important step for those with homes or businesses located within a 100-year floodplain—land that is predicted to flood during a 100-year storm and has a one-percent chance of occurring in any given year. 

2018-10-30 14:24 - News Release

COLUMBIA, S.C. – At the Conway Disaster Recovery Center, Stacy Bowe and Melissa Miller listened carefully to personal stories as they helped people salvage family heirlooms damaged by Hurricane Florence. They are part of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force, a partnership of 58 national service organizations and federal agencies co-sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and FEMA who are traveling through areas of South Carolina demonstrating how to salvage storm-damaged heirlooms including photos, documents, artwork, quilts, and other keepsakes.

2018-10-29 20:11 - News Release

COLUMBIA, S.C. – On Oct. 23, crews of AmeriCorps members and volunteers from the community, Lowes, the United Way and even pro football player Julius Peppers, tight end for the Carolina Panthers, dropped by to help “muck and gut” homes in Bennettsville that were damaged by Hurricane Florence.Muck and gut work includes moving damaged and mold-ridden furnishings out to the curb to be loaded in trucks and hauled away. The crews then scrape out the mud and dirt, strip the layers of flooring and cut and remove moldy sheetrock and insulation.      

2018-10-26 19:03 - News Release

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina survivors of Hurricane Florence who apply for federal help can choose to receive updates via text on mobile phones. Notifications from FEMA will still arrive by email or telephone or U.S. Postal Service to individuals who chose one of these as the preferred communication method when they applied.