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One Month Remains to Apply for FEMA Assistance in South Carolina

Release date: 
October 19, 2018
Release Number: 
NR 015

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.

Assistance may include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property loss and other serious disaster-related needs.

South Carolinians can apply with FEMA or check on their application by:

  • Calling 800-621-3362 (voice,711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish);
  • Going to DisasterAssistance.gov;
  • Using the FEMA smartphone app, available at fema.gov/mobile-app;
  • Visiting a State-FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) — to find the DRC closest to you visit fema.gov/DRC.

FEMA awards do not have to be repaid. FEMA assistance is nontaxable and will not affect eligibility for Social Security, Medicaid or other federal benefits.

FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but underinsured applicants may receive help after their claims have been settled. Applicants are encouraged to submit to FEMA a copy of their insurance coverages, settlement and/or denial.

For more information on Hurricane Florence and South Carolina recovery, visit the S.C. Emergency Management Division website at scemd.org, on social media (@SCEMD on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram), or FEMA’s Hurricane Florence disaster webpage at www.fema.gov/disaster/4394, or Facebook at www.facebook.com/FEMA, and the FEMA Region 4 Twitter account at twitter.com/FEMARegion4.

Last Updated: 
October 19, 2018 - 10:01