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South Carolina State and Local Level Referrals

When a disaster occurs, local governments often work together with community leaders and organizations to provide on-the-ground emergency management. You may also reference our national-level referrals list.

Please contact us with questions or corrections.

For reference, the local resources we list provide disaster recovery services in the categories noted below.

Access & DisabilitiesDisaster UnemploymentInsurance
Aging ServicesEnvironmentLegal Services
Agricultural AidEssential NeedsRoadside Assistance 
Animals/PetsFamily & Protective ServicesStudents
CitizenshipFinancial AssistanceTax Preparation
Consumer ServicesHealth Care ServicesVeterans Services
ContractorsHousingVital Statistics
Crisis CounselingIdentity TheftVolunteer

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South Carolina State and Local Level Referrals

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CategoryEntityType of AssistanceTelephone Number
Access and Functional Needs and DisabilitiesThe South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special NeedsState agency that plans, develops, oversees and funds services for South Carolinians with severe lifelong disabilities of intellectual disability, autism, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury and conditions related to each of these four disabilities.  803-898-9600
888-376-4636   
Access and Functional Needs and DisabilitiesSouth Carolina Vocational RehabilitationDisability management, counseling, training, communications devices, and job search services. Online listings of local offices with contact information. 803-896-6500
TY 803-896-6553
800-832-7526
Online listings of local offices
Aging ServicesSouth Carolina Office on AgingProvides support and resources for programs that help aging citizens and adults with disabilities live independently. Programs and initiatives the South Carolina Office on Aging supports.800-868-9095
803-734-9900
Aging ServicesSouth Carolina Get CareOnline search for providers of senior services, such as transportation, assisted living, day care, meals, medical supplies, and help with daily chores.800-868-9095 
Agricultural AidUSDA Farm Services Agency: South Carolina USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides emergency loans to help producers recover from production and physical losses due to drought, flooding, other natural disasters, or quarantine.803-806-3820
Agricultural AidUSDA Rural Development: South Carolina USDA Rural Development provides low interest mortgages, guaranteed mortgages, 1% interest mortgages for seniors, loans for repairs and mortgage payment assistance for families living in rural areas. 803-765-5163
Animals/PetsCharleston Animal SocietyCharleston area evacuations and transports of animals, pet preparedness.  Opportunites to volunteer and donate.843-747-4849
843-556-7729
Consumer ServicesSouth Carolina Department of Consumer AffairsInformation on scams, identity theft, online complaint form, search previous complaints, and other consumer resources.803-734-4200
800-922-1594 (in state)
ContractorsSouth Carolina  Department of Labor: Licensing & RegulationContractor's license verification and online complaint form, and contractor services.803-896-4300
ContractorsA contractors license is required in South Carolina (SC) for any commercial work that exceeds over $5,000 in value.  Residential general work over $5,000 and residential specialty work over $200 also requires a state license.  
Crisis Counseling Mental Health America of Greenville CountyCRISISline is a 24-hour, 7-day a week confidential hotline offering a nonjudgmental sounding board for people to talk about life's struggles. Trained phone workers are available to offer a listening ear and to provide community resources and crisis intervention.   Reassurance Line is also available provide support to people with mental illness and to empower them maintain their independent living status in the community through a dedicated 24-hour telephone service that promotes confidence, safety, and connectedness. Volunteer opportunities available. Emergency: 911
CRISIS Line: 864-271-8888
Text CRISISline to 839863
General: 864-467-3344
Crisis CounselingSouth Carolina 211Trained Call Specialists to offer support and provide referrals.  Crisis counseling referrals and other support referrals.Emergency: 911
211
Disaster Specific  Information   
Disaster Unemployment AssistanceSouth Carolina Department of Employment and WorkforceWhen Disaster Unemployment Assistance is activated, the agency will provide disaster information.  This assistance provides weekly benefit payments to those out of work due to the disaster, including self-employed persons, farm and ranch owners, and others not covered under regular unemployment insurance programs.803-737-2400
Spanish 866-572-3148
TTY: 711
EnvironmentSouth Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control: EnvironmentInformation about clean up, accidental releases, recycling, public notices,  and online reporting and complaints. Report abandoned boats, animal bites, chemical spills, dead birds, fraud, and pollution.803-898-3432
Essential NeedsSouth Carolina Department of Social Services :  Assistance ProgramsInformation on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly known as food stamp, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Food and Nutrition Programs, and SC Voucher (child care).803-898-7601
Essential NeedsSouth Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control: HealthWomen, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program for expectant mothers or parents of infants or children under five years of age. .  Nutrition evaluation and monthly vouchers to receive free supplemental, highly nutritious foods such as cereal, cheese, milk, eggs, peanut butter and dried beans.855-472-3432
Essential NeedsHarvest Hope Food Bank Harvest Hope Food Bank is designated as the lead food bank in South Carolina for disaster response. Search for emergency food assistance such as food pantry, soup kitchen or other hunger-relief partner with online locator by zip code or address.  Volunteer and donation opportunities available.Columbia: 803-254-4432
Florence Pee Dee: 843-661-0826
Greenville: 864-281-3995
Lexington County Emergency Food Pantry: 803-794-1627
    
Essential NeedsLowcountry Food Bank Search for emergency food assistance such as food pantry, soup kitchen or other hunger-relief partner with online locator.  Lowcountry Food Bank serves the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina through distribution centers in Charleston, Yemassee and Myrtle Beach.  Volunteer and donation opportunities available.843-747-8146 x 100
Essential NeedsGolden Harvest Food BankSearch for emergency food assistance such as food pantry, soup kitchen or other hunger-relief partner with online zip code locator.  Serving 30 counties across Georgia and South Carolina.  Volunteer and donation opportunities available.Augusta: 706-736-1199
  Aiken: 803-642-2912
Williamston: 864-222-9510
Essential NeedsSecond Harvest Food Bank of MetrolinaSearch for emergency food assistance such as food pantry, soup kitchen or other hunger-relief partner with online locator, also a pet food assistance locator.  Serves a total of 19 counties - 14 counties in North Carolina, Anson, Burke, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly and Union, and 5 counties in South Carolina, Cherokee, Lancaster, Spartanburg, Union and York. Volunteer and donation opportunities available.704-376-1785
Essential NeedsSouth Carolina 211Referrals to organizations providing emergency food, clothing, shelter, medical, crisis counseling, rental, and utility assistance.211
Family & Protective ServicesSouth Carolina Department of Social Services: Child Protective ServicesIndividuals concerned with children at risk for abuse and neglect.  Listing for county Department of Social Services offices.Emergency: 911
Online directory for county emergency numbers
Family & Protective ServicesSouth Carolina Department of Social Services: Adult Protective ServicesIndividuals concerned with possible elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation.  Listing for county Department of Social Services offices.Emergency: 911
Online directory for county emergency numbers
Financial AssistanceSouth Carolina Department of Social Services : Assistance ProgramsInformation on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly known as food stamp, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Food and Nutrition Programs, and SC Voucher (child care).TANF/SNAP: 800-616-1309
General: 803-898-7601
Health Care ServicesSouth Carolina Healthy Connections: MedicaidMedicaid is South Carolina's aid program by which the federal and state governments share the cost of providing medical care for needy persons who have low income.  "Partners for Healthy Children" (PHC) provides Medicaid coverage for children who live in families with low income. 888-549-0820
 
HousingSocial Serve.com - Housing Resource HelplineSocialserve.com is a non-profit organization that assists tenants and agencies in finding affordable housing for callers free of charge.  Trained, bilingual call center specialists to find available housing. Online housing search available.877-428-8844
HousingSouth Carolina USDA Rural DevelopmentUSDA Rural Development provides low interest mortgages, guaranteed mortgages, 1% interest mortgages for seniors, loans for repairs and mortgage payment assistance for families living in rural areas. 803-765-5163
Identity TheftSouth Carolina Department of Consumer AffairsInformation on scams, identity theft, online complaint form, search previous complaints, and other consumer resources.803-734-4200
800-922-1594 
InsuranceSouth Carolina Department of Insurance General insurance information and online insurance complaint reporting.803-737-6160
Consumer Services: 803-737-6180  
800-768-3467
Legal ServicesSouth Carolina Bar Association: Legal HelpInformation, lawyer referral service, mediation referral, non-criminal legal aid services for low income people, and free volunteer lawyer consultation.803-799-6653
Lawyer Referral:  800-868-2284
Legal Aid:  888-346-5592
Roadside Assistance South Carolina Highway PatrolHighway Patrol telecommunications, highway safety information.Emergency:  911
Dial *47
Dispatch: 803-896-9621
Roadside Assistance South Carolina Department of Transportation: Traffic and Road ConditionsProvides traffic and road conditions, services during emergencies and a variety of mapping and traffic data products. 855-467-2368
803-737-1200
Roadside Assistance South Carolina  Department of Transportation: 511 Traffic and Road Conditions511 traffic information, traffic map application, construction, and hazard information.511
Tax PreparationSouth Carolina Department of RevenueState tax information, eservices, forms, and resources for individuals and businesses.844-898-8542
Veterans ServicesSouth Carolina Division of Veterans AffairsInformation regarding veteran benefits including pensions, medical care, home loans, burial, and life insurance.Crisis Hotline: 800-273-8255
State office: 803-734-0200
Federal Benefits Info Regional Office: 800-827-1000
Vital StatisticsSouth Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles Real ID information, driver services, replacement drivers licenses, registrations, and auto titles.803-896-5000
TTY: 803-896-5099 
Vital StatisticsVitalChek Replacement birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates and other vital document services. Online services. Authorized external ordering source for fast, secure vital records processed directly with the issuing government agency. 800-669-8310
VolunteerSouth Carolina Oyster Restoration and EnhancementCommunity-based oyster restoration program depends on volunteers, available short and long term opportunities.843-953-9241 updated link and number
VolunteerSouth Carolina Baptist:  Disaster ReliefVolunteer opportunities for disaster relief,  feeding, flood recovery (mud out), rebuilding, and other opportunities.803-765-0030
VolunteerVolunteer SCThe South Carolina Emergency Management Department recommends you register with VolunteerSC.org which is maintained by the United Way Association of South Carolina.  This will match volunteers with appropriate opportunities to help once officials assess the storm damage.  Online registration and contact form. 
VolunteerVOLUNTEERS SHOULD NOT SELF-DEPLOY  
completed 5/04/21   

Referrals Last Updated: April 2021

Last updated September 18, 2021