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2018-10-25 17:36 - News Release

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in the City of Florence in Florence County will close permanently at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26.Working with county officials, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division and FEMA closely monitor visits to DRCs. The closure of DRCs marks a major milestone in the disaster recovery process.Centers close when traffic slows at those locations.

2018-10-24 17:42 - News Release

All applicants for FEMA recovery assistance have the right to appeal if they disagree with FEMA’s determination. 

2018-10-23 20:55 - News Release

COLUMBIA, S.C. – It is vitally important that applicants keep in touch with FEMA when their living situation or contact information changes. Many survivors become displaced immediately after a disaster and often stay with friends or family when they register for disaster assistance.Updating mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses can help survivors stay in touch if FEMA needs to reach them. Other information FEMA may need includes details of insurance settlements or additional disaster-caused damage.

2018-10-22 15:46 - News Release

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina renters who experienced losses due to Hurricane Florence, starting Sept. 8, 2018, may be eligible for disaster recovery assistance from FEMA as well as the U.S. Small Business Administration. Renters must have lived in disaster-declared counties including: Darlington, Florence, Chesterfield, Dillon, Georgetown, Horry, Marlboro or Marion.Survivors may be eligible for FEMA awards to help with such disaster-related expenses as:

2018-10-19 16:00 - News Release

COLUMBIA, S.C. –  South Carolina survivors of Hurricane Florence can learn how to salvage storm-damaged household treasures from Smithsonian Institution preservation experts visiting five State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) over the next two weeks.Among the heirlooms that may be salvageable are photos, artwork, quilts, important documents and other keepsakes. The experts will discuss how to handle, dry and clean these items, maintain personal safety during the salvage process, set priorities and other treatment options.

2018-10-19 14:01 - News Release

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Hurricane Florence survivors in South Carolina have one month left to register with FEMA. The last day to apply for FEMA assistance is Nov. 20, 2018.Homeowners, renters and business owners in Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Marion and Marlboro counties may apply for disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured disaster-caused damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Florence.

2018-10-17 17:26 - News Release

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The State of South Carolina and FEMA are opening a Disaster Recovery Center in Darlington (Darlington County) Wednesday, Oct. 17. Eight additional centers are open in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence. 

2018-10-17 16:32 - News Release

COLUMBIA, S.C. – FEMA mitigation specialists will visit six home improvement stores in Horry and Marlboro counties over the next two weeks to offer advice on how to repair and rebuild structures to be safer and stronger. 

2018-10-16 16:52 - News Release

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (MDRC) will be visiting locations throughout Horry County over the next three weeks.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 MDRC will be located at the following locations at the following times.:

2018-10-16 15:40 - News Release

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Disaster survivors in South Carolina applying for assistance with FEMA who are referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are encouraged to submit the application for a low-interest disaster loan. The deadline for applying for an SBA loan is Nov. 20, 2018. Next to insurance, an SBA low-interest disaster loan is the primary source of funds for real estate property repairs and for replacing contents destroyed as related to Hurricane Florence.