Here is a list of state and community resources that may provide additional assistance for residents of Charleston, Georgetown and Horry counties who were affected by Hurricane Ian:
211 Information and Referral Helpline
- Dial 211 to be connected to a statewide information and referral system. Specialists provide information on non-governmental and governmental organizations offering services to disaster survivors, including help with homelessness and food and clothing needs.
- https://www.able-sc.org/get-support/emergency-preparedness-and-response/; works to ensure people with disabilities are being included and receiving equitable services statewide in all aspects of emergency planning. That includes helping individuals to prepare for disasters and get the resources needed before, during and after disasters.
South Carolina Disaster Legal Assistance and Services
- 877-797-2227, Ext. 120; low-income, elderly and other vulnerable residents who were affected by Hurricane Ian and are unable to afford their own lawyer may call the 877 toll-free legal hotline or call the South Carolina line at 803-576-3815 to request assistance. Lines are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.
- Hurricane Ian survivors may also contact South Carolina Legal Services at 888-346-5592 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday or submit a request for disaster legal services
Feeding America-Lowcountry Food Bank
- https://lowcountryfoodbank.org/; Lowcountry Food Bank provides food to food distribution centers throughout 10 coastal counties of South Carolina located in Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Yemassee.
Crisis Counseling Helplines
- Dial 988 to connect to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Suicide and Crisis Lifeline which provides free and confidential support for people in distress; https://988lifeline.org
- 800-985-5990; SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline also provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress after a disaster; https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline.
USDA Farm Service Agency-South Carolina Office
- https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/index; the U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the Farm Service Agency, offers a variety of programs to help farmers, ranchers, communities and businesses that have been hit hard by natural disasters.
Internal Revenue Service
- https://www.irs.gov/; for disaster tax relief information, search “Disaster” on the website.
State of South Carolina-Emergency Management
- https://www.scemd.org/recover/get-help/help-for-individuals/; the website provides links of available resources from local, state and federal partners, and other organizations to help individuals and families recover after a disaster.