SOUTH CAROLINA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

SOUTH CAROLINA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

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DISCLAIMER

Homeless To Independence Inc. is an All-Volunteer, Faith-Based, 501©3 non-profit organization. We do NOT receive any grant funding what-so-ever to pay bills for anyone in any situation. We do not give away money. We do not give out loans against any items for money.

This ministry is supported with generous financial donations that are used to help keep us functioning. Our purpose is to help supply individuals and families with personal needs such as food, toiletries, clothing, household items, furniture and baby/adult diapers/wipes both locally and to areas effected by disasters. At this time, we do not offer any shelter or transitional housing services. Again, we DO NOT pay any bills. We DO NOT pay any rents or mortgages.

If you are actually homeless, or about to be homeless or need emergency assistance of any kind, you can:

1. DIAL “211” from a:

a. Land line telephone. Tell the receiver your situation and what you need. They will give you information specific for the physical location you are currently at plus any referrals you may need. They have the most up to the minute information for your specific area. Dialing “211” will get you help and much more info than this office can provide. Homeless to Independence wants you to have all the information you need to get through the situation you are in.

b. Cell Telephone – this will ONLY WORK if the area code of your telephone is calling “211” within the very same County you got your cell telephone in!

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a land-line telephone or cell telephone, go to your local police department, library, or house of worship and ask to use their land-line telephone. They may even make the call on your behalf.

2. Use the internet and go to: http://www.211.org/

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OCCASIONALLY, THERE WILL BE ARTICLES BY OTHER WRITERS. HOMELESS TO INDEPENDENCE MAY NOT NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THEIR VIEWPOINTS, BUT WE DO RESPECT THEM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

OFFICE CONTACT INFO:

THE VERY BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME IS TO SEND ME AN EMAIL: ANN@HOMELESSTOINDEPENDENCE.ORG

OFFICE NUMBER IS: 1-732-264-7500

Please note that our office does have very limited volunteer staff and if we are one telephone line we cannot answer the other line. There is simply not enough time in the day to answer and/or return each and every telephone call.

IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, NO ONE WILL CONTACT YOU BACK.

THANK YOU!!!

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Hilton Head Disaster Recovery Center to Close
Release date:
December 16, 2016
Release Number:
NR: 060

COLUMBIA, S.C.–The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Hilton Head at 1 Town Center Court will close permanently Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 5 p.m.

Survivors of Hurricane Matthew can still get help with just a phone call to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Helpline at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or video relay services) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). The line is open every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. until further notice. Multilingual operators are available. Information is also available at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

Callers may ask representatives about how to:

Check the status of their application;
Get clarification about a letter from FEMA;
Update address, phone or bank account numbers;
Appeal any FEMA decision;
Find out about other types of federal disaster assistance available.

Residents and business owners who sustained damage as a result of Hurricane Matthew and have applied for a low-interest loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) can get answers to their questions by calling SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals should call 800-877-8339. SBA loan applicants can also get information by emailing to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or by visiting www.sba.gov/disaster.

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All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).

Last Updated:
December 16, 2016 – 11:33
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South Carolina Hurricane Matthew Survivors Who Need More Rental Assistance Should Contact FEMA
Release date:
December 9, 2016
Release Number:
NR: 055

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) understand that some Hurricane Matthew survivors may need additional temporary rental assistance.

All applicants who received temporary rental assistance from FEMA should have received a “Declaration for Continuing Need for Rental Assistance” letter.

This form is mailed 15 days after applicants receive their initial rental assistance grant and explains how to request additional temporary rental assistance from FEMA.

To receive additional temporary rental assistance as quickly as possible, applicants must:

Complete the “Declaration for Continuing Need for Rental Assistance” form and mail it back to FEMA.
Provide information on pre-disaster income and current expenses.
Include a copy of their signed lease and the name and phone number of their landlord.
Include a copy of their pre-disaster lease, if they were renters prior to Hurricane Matthew.

Applicants who have questions–or whose housing needs have changed since registering with FEMA–should contact FEMA’s toll-free Helpline, 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or video relay services) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). Lines are open every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. until further notice.

For more information about the disaster recovery effort, visit fema.gov/disaster/4286 or the South Carolina Emergency Management Division at scemd.org/recovery-section/ia.

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All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion4 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339

Last Updated:
December 9, 2016 – 15:23
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FEMA Decisions Can Be Appealed
Release date:
December 15, 2016
Release Number:
NEWS RELEASE 059

COLUMBIA – Hurricane Matthew survivors in South Carolina can appeal for more assistance if they disagree with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s decisions regarding their applications. Registered survivors will receive a determination letter from FEMA citing the reasons for its decision. Read the letter carefully to learn if you need to provide more information. The determination letter explains how to prepare the appeal letter.

After registering with FEMA, applicants will receive the FEMA booklet “Help After a Disaster.” This booklet explains the kind of information FEMA requires and common reasons why assistance cannot be provided. The booklet is available online at fema.gov/help-after-disaster.

Survivors can contact FEMA at 800-621-3362, or TTY at 800-462-7585 to discuss the determination letter. Interpreters for all languages are available. FEMA, however, cannot change its determination in a phone call.

Registered survivors can appeal FEMA’s decision by taking the following actions:

A written appeal must be submitted, explaining why the survivor disagrees with the decision and provide supporting evidence. The letter must be signed and dated.
Make sure you list: FEMA registration number on every page, along with “DR-4286-SC”, which is the disaster name.
Mail supporting documents and your letter in the same envelope within 60 days of receiving the

determination letter, and address it to:

FEMA National Processing Service Center

P.O. Box 10055

Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055

You also can fax your letter and documents to 800-827-8112, Attn: FEMA Appeals Office.

A toll-free legal aid hotline is also available to eligible South Carolinians. Survivors may call 877-797-2227 ext. 120 (toll-free) or 803-576-3815 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, to request assistance in disaster-related matters.

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All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621- FEMA (3362). If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585 directly; if you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion4 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property.

These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Last Updated:
December 15, 2016 – 13:59
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Help Remains After Georgetown Recovery Center Closes
Release date:
December 14, 2016
Release Number:
NEWS RELEASE 058

COLUMBIA – The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Georgetown at 2030 Church Street will close permanently Friday, Dec. 16 at 5 p.m.

Survivors of Hurricane Matthew can still get help with just a phone call to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Helpline at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or video relay services) or 800- 462-7585 (TTY). The line is open every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. until further notice. Multilingual operators are available. Information is also available at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

Callers may ask representatives about how to:

Check the status of their application;
Arrange for a FEMA home inspection;
Get clarification about a letter from FEMA;
Update address, phone or bank account numbers;
Appeal any FEMA decision;
Find out about other types of federal disaster assistance available.

Residents and business owners who sustained damage as a result of Hurricane Matthew and have applied for a low-interest loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) can get answers to their questions by calling SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals should call 800-877-8339. SBA loan applicants can also get information by emailing to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or by visiting www.sba.gov/disaster.

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All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion4 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster- damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Last Updated:
December 14, 2016 – 16:23
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Hilton Head Recovery Center Posts New Hours; Beaufort to Close
Release date:
December 12, 2016
Release Number:
NR: 056

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), operated by the State of South Carolina and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the Burton Wells Recreation Center in Beaufort will close permanently at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14. The recovery center in Hilton Head will extend its days of operation, from three to six days a week, at its same location, beginning Monday, Dec. 12: Town Hall / Council Chambers

1 Town Center Ct.

Hilton Head, SC 29928

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Closed Sunday Beaufort County survivors of Hurricane Matthew can still apply for disaster assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/ . or by calling FEMA at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or video relay services) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). Lines are open every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Multilingual operators are available. The last day to register is Tuesday, Dec. 13. Survivors who need one-on-one assistance from FEMA may go to any DRC. To find the DCR nearest you, download the free FEMA app on your mobile device or visit

Representatives of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are on hand at all DRCs to meet with homeowners, renters and businesses about low-interest disaster loans. Applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.govwww.sba.gov/disaster, or visiting SBA’s website at . Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339. The last day to apply for SBA disaster loans is Tuesday, Dec. 13.

DRCs are accessible to people with disabilities. All centers have magnifiers, tools to amplify sound, materials in alternative formats and video remote interpretation. Sign language interpreters are available upon request at the center.

South Carolina homeowners and renters who have registered for disaster assistance with FEMA are encouraged by recovery officials to “stay in touch.” If applicants change their address or phone numbers they should update that information with FEMA. Missing or erroneous information could result in delays getting a home inspection or in receiving assistance. If survivors who previously registered with FEMA have questions, they may call FEMA and choose the Helpline option.

Callers may ask representatives about how to:

Check the status of their application;
Request additional rental assistance;
Get clarification about a letter from FEMA;
Update their address, phone or bank account numbers to avoid delays in getting help;
Appeal any FEMA decision;
Find out about other types of federal disaster assistance available.

For more information about the disaster recovery operation, please visit fema.gov/disaster/4286 scemd.org/recovery-section/iaor the South Carolina Emergency Management Division at .

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All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion4 http://blog.fema.govand the FEMA Blog at .

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.govwww.sba.gov/disaster, or visiting SBA’s website at . Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Last Updated:
December 12, 2016 – 14:34
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Myrtle Beach Recovery Center to Reopen as SBA Loan Center
Release date:
December 6, 2016
Release Number:
NR: 050

COLUMBIA, S.C.– The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), operated by the State of South Carolina and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), at the South Strand Recreation Center in Myrtle Beach (Horry County) will transition to a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Center on Thursday, Dec. 8.

The Myrtle Beach DRC will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7. The new Loan Outreach Center will open in the same location the next day, Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. The address and hours of the loan center are:

South Strand Recreation Center
9650 Scipio Lane
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday
Closed Sunday

Representatives from the SBA will be available at the center to meet individually with residents and business owners who sustained damage as a result of Hurricane Matthew. They will answer questions, explain SBA’s disaster loan program, help complete loan applications and close approved disaster loans. The Disaster Loan Outreach Center will close permanently at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22.

Horry County survivors of Hurricane Matthew can still apply for disaster assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling FEMA at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or video relay services) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). Lines are open every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The last day to register is Tuesday, Dec. 13.

Survivors who need one-on-one assistance from FEMA may go to any DRC. To find the DCR nearest you, download the free FEMA app on your mobile device or visit asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/ .

South Carolina homeowners and renters who have registered for disaster assistance with FEMA are encouraged by recovery officials to “stay in touch.” If applicants change their address or phone numbers they should update that information with FEMA. Missing or erroneous information could result in delays getting a home inspection or in receiving assistance.

If survivors who previously registered with FEMA have questions, they may call FEMA and choose the Helpline option. Callers may ask representatives about how to:

Check the status of their application;

Request additional rental assistance;

Get clarification about a letter from FEMA;

Update their address, phone or bank account numbers to avoid delays in getting help;

Appeal any FEMA decision;

Find out about other types of federal disaster assistance available.

For more information about low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

For more information about the disaster recovery operation, please visit fema.gov/disaster/4286 or the South Carolina Emergency Management Division at scemd.org/recovery-section/ia.

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All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion4 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.
Last Updated:
December 7, 2016 – 16:22
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Mobile Disaster Recovery Center Returns to Sumter County
Release date:
December 6, 2016
Release Number:
NR: 049

COLUMBIA, S.C.-– A mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will make another three-day stop in Sumter County Dec. 8-10. The center will serve homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage or losses from Hurricane Matthew.

The DRC will be located at:
Cherryvale Community Center
4340 Confederate Rd.
Sumter, S.C. 29154

Dec. 8-10
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday

At the center, representatives from the State of South Carolina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), nonprofit organizations and the local community will be on hand to provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.

Disaster assistance from FEMA may include grants to help pay for temporary housing, essential home repairs, personal property replacement and for other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other sources.

Survivors can apply anytime online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or relay service) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). The toll-free lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available.

The last day to register with FEMA is Dec. 13, 2016. The last day to file an SBA disaster loan application for physical losses is also Dec. 13, 2016.

For more information about the disaster recovery operation, please visit fema.gov/disaster/4286 or the South Carolina Emergency Management Division at scemd.org/recovery-section/ia.

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All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion4 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339
Last Updated:
December 6, 2016 – 14:01
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SBA Plays Major Role in Disaster Recovery
Release date:
November 23, 2016
Release Number:
NEWS RELEASE 040

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Monday, Nov. 21) – For Hurricane Matthew survivors who live in the 24 counties designated for individual assistance, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) can play a major role in their disaster recovery.

Survivors who register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance may be referred to the SBA. The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, homeowners, renters and private non-profit organizations. Interest rates are as low as 4.0 percent for businesses, 2.6 percent for nonprofit organizations, and 1.6 percent for homeowners and renters, with terms up to 30 years.

FEMA and SBA encourage survivors to complete SBA’s low-interest disaster loan application and submit it as soon as possible. Even if survivors do not want a loan or think they cannot qualify for it, they should submit the form. If they qualify for a loan, they can opt to turn it down. And if they are

not approved for a home loan, they still may be considered for certain other FEMA grants and programs that could include assistance for car repairs, clothing, household items and other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance.

The deadline to register with FEMA is December 13, 2016. Registration is simple: go online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call (800) 621-3362 (for voice, 711 or video services) or (800) 462-7585 (TTY).

Next to insurance, an SBA low-interest disaster loan may serve as the primary source of money for long term recovery including real estate property repairs and replacement of contents destroyed in the hurricane.

Homeowners may be eligible for a home disaster loan up to $200,000 to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters may be eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster-damaged or destroyed personal property, including automobiles.

SBA can help businesses of all sizes and private non-profits with up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster-damaged real estate and other business assets. Eligible small businesses and non-profits may apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage or not.
Applicants who improve their property to protect it and its occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster may be eligible for an up to 20 percent increase in their loan amount.

The deadline for returning loan applications to SBA for physical property damage is December 13, 2016 and for economic injury applications, the deadline is July 12, 2017. To apply for an SBA low- interest disaster loan, go online to https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela, or visit an SBA Business Recovery Center or a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center and meet with an SBA representative. For center locations, call the SBA Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or (800) 877-8339 (for the deaf and hard of hearing), or the FEMA number above.

The federal disaster declaration designates the following counties for individual assistance: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Sumter and Williamsburg.

All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion4 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster- damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Last Updated:
November 23, 2016 – 09:30
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FEMA Hires Local Residents for Disaster Recovery Jobs
Release date:
November 15, 2016
Release Number:
NR029

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Monday, Nov. 14) — In partnership with the State of South Carolina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) aims to hire dozens of workers for a variety of temporary jobs in Blythewood, Florence and North Charleston.

Those selected will join the team—made up of state and federal workers, voluntary agencies, and community leaders—already in place to help the state recover from Hurricane Matthew. Through local hires, FEMA can gain community insight and give an added boost to the area’s economy.

Many FEMA employees started as local hires in their own states following a declared disaster.

Nationwide the FEMA workforce of 8,000 people includes full-time employees and reservists who travel across the country to help survivors recover after a disaster, including floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires and hurricanes.

In South Carolina, FEMA has the following positions currently available:

Environmental Specialist
Historic Preservation (Structures) Specialist
Couriers
Voluntary Agency Liaison
Administrative Assistant
Hazard Mitigation Program Community Outreach Education Specialist

Salaries are between $14 and $28 an hour. If needed, FEMA will post more jobs to take advantage of the large pool of talented workers in South Carolina. Positions are temporary. Qualified applicants should possess strong customer service skills, whether the job entails helping survivors in the field or serving as support staff in the office.

To become part of FEMA, go online to SCworks.org. Once there, interested parties should conduct a job search by employer. Then filter by “government” and enter “FEMA” as their keyword.

Each FEMA job candidate must be a U.S. citizen 18 years of age or older. Candidates must pass a complete background investigation, fingerprint check and credit check prior to being hired by FEMA. Disaster work may require 10-hour workdays seven days a week.

FEMA remains committed to employing a highly qualified workforce that reflects the diversity of our nation and the people we serve. The federal government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, political affiliation, non-disqualifying physical handicap, sexual orientation and any other non-merit factor.

For more information about the disaster recovery operation, please visit fema.gov/disaster/4286.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion4 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.
Last Updated:
November 15, 2016 – 10:04
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South Carolina Survivors Have 30 Days to Apply for Disaster Assistance
Release date:
November 15, 2016
Release Number:
NR028

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Monday, Nov. 14) – Just one month remains for Hurricane Matthew survivors in South Carolina to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and submit loan applications to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The last day for survivors to register for federal disaster assistance is Tuesday, December 13. Survivors can apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or relay service) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). The toll-free lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are available.

Disaster assistance from FEMA may include grants for homeowners or renters to help pay for temporary housing, essential home repairs, personal property replacement and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other sources.

The SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes (including landlords), private non- profit organizations, homeowners and renters. SBA loans help fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) from the SBA are available to small businesses and private- nonprofits to assist with working capital needs as a direct result of the disaster. SBA loans are for uninsured or underinsured disaster losses. SBA advises it is not necessary to wait for an insurance settlement before submitting a loan application.

Eligible survivors should register now with FEMA even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but FEMA may be able to help with uninsured or underinsured losses.

Survivors who have questions about their flood insurance policies and coverage should contact the NFIP call center at 800-621-3362 (Option 2) between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Specialists can help with service claims, provide general information regarding policies and offer technical assistance to aid in recovery.

After registering with FEMA, survivors who need one-on-one assistance may visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). To find a list of DRC locations and hours, download the FEMA App to your mobile phone or visit asd.fema.gov/inter/locator. DRCs are accessible to people with disabilities. The centers have magnifiers, tools to amplify sound, materials in alternative formats, and video remote interpretation. Sign language interpreters are available upon request.

For more information about the disaster recovery operation, go online to fema.gov/disaster/4286 or the South Carolina Emergency Management Division at scemd.org/recovery-section/ia.

All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion4 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster- damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s websiteat www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Last Updated:
November 15, 2016 – 09:42
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Disaster Survivors Can Get Free Legal Help
Release date:
November 10, 2016
Release Number:
NR024

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016) — A toll-free legal aid hotline is now available to South Carolinians affected by Hurricane Matthew. The service allows callers to request the assistance of a lawyer to aid in flood-related matters.

Disaster survivors who face legal issues and are unable to afford a lawyer may call 877-797- 2227 ext. 120 (toll-free) or 803-576-3815 (local) between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, to request assistance.

When connected to the hotline recording, callers should identify that they are seeking disaster- related legal assistance; briefly describe the problem they have, and the county in which they live. Individuals who qualify for assistance will be matched with South Carolina lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal assistance.

Flood survivors may also request assistance by e-mailing a description of their problem to:

admin@scdisasterrelief.com.

The service is provided by a partnership of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the South Carolina Bar, the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division and South Carolina Legal Services.

Counseling and assistance cover a wide range of topics, including:

Life, medical and property insurance claims
Home repair contracts and contractors
Replacement of wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the disaster
Consumer protection matters, remedies and procedures
Mortgage-foreclosure problems
Landlord-tenant issues

Flood survivors in Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillion, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Sumter and Williamsburg counties are eligible to use the disaster relief legal assistance program.

Callers should be aware that there are limitations on disaster legal services. For example, assistance is not available for cases that will produce a fee (those cases where attorneys are paid part of the settlement by a court). Such cases are referred to a local lawyer referral service.

People in other counties who need legal help may contact South Carolina Legal Services at 888-346-5592.

All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585 directly; if you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion4 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Last Updated:
November 10, 2016 – 08:34
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Disaster Aid Doesn’t Affect Government Benefits
Release date:
November 2, 2016
Release Number:
NEWS RELEASE 018

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Wednesday, Nov. 2) – With the start of a new month you may wonder if the disaster assistance you received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will reduce your Social Security checks or other benefits, or raise your income tax bill.

No need to worry! Federal disaster assistance does not count as income. Social Security payments or Medicare benefits are not affected by disaster relief payments from the government or donations from charitable organizations. And, disaster recovery grants will not affect anyone’s eligibility for welfare assistance, Medicaid, food stamps or Aid to Families with Dependent Children. Grants for disaster recovery assistance are not counted as income in determining eligibility for any income-tested benefit program that the U.S. government funds.

Likewise, eligibility for FEMA assistance is not dependent on income. The amount of disaster assistance an eligible applicant receives is based on the amount of loss and damage incurred as a direct result of the storms and floods from Hurricane Matthew.

Survivors of Hurricane Matthew have until December 13 to register with FEMA for disaster assistance by one of the following methods:

Call 800-621-3362 (voice, 711 or video services) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). Lines are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and multilingual operators are available.
Apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Visit a Disaster Recovery Center. To find the one nearest you, check “Quick Links” at DisasterAssistance.gov. DRCs are accessible to people with disabilities. The centers have tools to amplify sound, magnifiers and materials in alternative formats along with video remote interpretation. Sign language interpreters are available upon request at the center.

All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).

You can receive weather alerts, safety tips and learn about disaster resources by downloading the free FEMA App, available for Apple, Android, and Blackberry mobile devices. Visit fema.gov/mobile-app for more information.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion4 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster- damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Last Updated:
November 2, 2016 – 16:39
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Non U.S. Citizens May Be Eligible To Receive Disaster Assistance
Release date:
October 31, 2016
Release Number:
NEWS RELEASE 014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Monday, Oct. 31) – South Carolina residents who are not U.S. citizens may be eligible for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to recover from Hurricane Matthew storm and flood damage.

The aid is available to citizens, non-citizen nationals, and qualified aliens. Qualified aliens include those with legal permanent residence (Green Card holders). Their status will not be jeopardized by requesting disaster assistance.

A non-citizen parent or guardian who isn’t eligible may register for assistance on behalf of a U.S. born child under age 18, including a new-born, who is a citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien. No information will be gathered on the parent or guardian’s status.

When registering for disaster assistance, FEMA requires applicants to certify whether they are citizens, non-citizen nationals or qualified aliens.

The status of a qualified alien includes:

Legal permanent residents (those with Green Cards);
Those with refugee or asylum status;
Those whose deportation has been withheld;
Those on parole into the U.S. for at least one year for humanitarian purposes;
Those with conditional entry;
Those who are Cuban-Haitian entrants; and
Those with petitions for relief based on battery or extreme cruelty by a family member.

FEMA conducts random audits of applications to verify U.S. citizenship and qualified alien documentation issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. However, assistance can be given as long as someone in the household is entitled to it, and no information will be gathered regarding the status of others in the household.

Undocumented immigrants from a household with no one eligible for cash assistance from FEMA may still be eligible for programs run by state, local or voluntary agencies.

Assistance for eligible individuals and small businesses includes funds for temporary housing and necessary home repairs, individual and household grants, disaster unemployment assistance, low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration and other programs.

All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).

You can receive weather alerts, safety tips and learn about disaster resources by downloading the free FEMA App, available for Apple, Android, and Blackberry mobile devices. Visit fema.gov/mobile-app for more information.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion4 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster- damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Last Updated:
November 3, 2016 – 10:49
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FEMA’s letter of eligibility: Read it very carefully
Release date:
October 29, 2016
Release Number:
NEWS RELEASE 012

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Saturday, Oct. 29) — Following initial application review by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), South Carolina survivors who have applied for disaster assistance will receive a “letter of eligibility.” Applicants may be told they are eligible for disaster assistance or that they have been determined ineligible.

If you are eligible, the letter explains the amount of your grant and how it is to be used. If the letter says you are ineligible, the grant amount reads “0”, but in many cases that is not the last word.

FEMA officials in South Carolina report that the most common reasons for denial of assistance in Hurricane Matthew are:

Insufficient storm-related damage to affect the habitability of the damaged home. FEMA will provide assistance to assure your home is habitable – that it is safe, functional and sanitary.

Survivors have chosen to remain in their damaged homes while repairs are being made. In these cases they may be eligible to receive assistance for repairs, but are ineligible for housing assistance.
Duplication of applications. Two people (husband and wife, for example) have applied for assistance for the same damaged home. Only one application per household is allowed.

A letter may indicate your application is missing information such as verification of occupancy or proof that the damaged property was your primary residence at the time of the Hurricane Matthew storms and flooding that began Oct. 4, 2016.

If you are instructed, you can simply submit missing documentation to FEMA online, by mail or fax, or by visiting a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). You can find the location of the nearest DRC by visiting DisasterAssistance.gov .

Applicants who do not receive a letter or who have questions about their determination of denial should call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 for an explanation, or visit their FEMA account at DisasterAssistance.gov.

A copy of “Help After a Disaster” will be included with your letter of determination. The booklet explains additional assistance that may be available to survivors and answers questions about filing an appeal.

Any applicant that has been denied assistance may file an appeal. Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 or visit a DRC for more information about the appeal process. You can submit your appeal and the required documentation online at DisasterAssistance.gov.

In South Carolina, the “One SC Fund” supports and directs funds to nonprofit organizations providing disaster relief & recovery assistance. For more information, visit yourfoundation.org/community-impact/one-sc-fund-sc-flood-relief/. Survivors in the state who need food, clothing, and shelter are urged to call 2-1-1, and for storm clean up to call 800-451- 1954.

For more information, visit the South Carolina Emergency Management Division at scemd.org/recovery-section/ia .

All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585 directly; if you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.

You can receive weather alerts, safety tips and learn about disaster resources by downloading the free FEMA App, available for Apple, Android, and Blackberry mobile devices. Visit fema.gov/mobile-app for more information.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion4 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Last Updated:
November 3, 2016 – 10:48
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Help for Renters
Release date:
November 1, 2016
Release Number:
NEWS RELEASE 015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Tuesday, Nov. 1) – With so much attention given to businesses and homeowners, survivors who are renters may think they are not eligible for disaster assistance even though they suffered losses from the storms and floods spawned by Hurricane Matthew. But they are.

Like homeowners, renters must first register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov
Call toll-free 800-621-3362 (711, voice or video relay services) or 800-462-7585 (TTY). Lines are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. until further notice.
Visit one of the nine Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) operating in Beaufort, Dorchester, Florence, Horry, Marion, Orangeburg and Williamsburg counties. Find the DRC closest to you at “Quick Links” on DisasterAssistance.gov. Representatives from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration and various state agencies are on hand to answer questions.

Registering with FEMA is the first step toward qualifying for disaster assistance, which may include grants to help renters and homeowners pay for temporary housing, personal property replacements and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

After registering with FEMA, renters may also be eligible for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA offers such loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, and homeowners as well as renters. SBA loans to renters may cover the cost of repairing or replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property.

For more information on SBA loans, call SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800 659-2955 or 800 877-8339 for TTY; email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or visit http://www.sba.gov/disaster. Applicants may also apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela for the Electronic Loan Application on SBA’s secure website.

All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).

You can receive weather alerts, safety tips and learn about disaster resources by downloading the free FEMA App, available for Apple, Android, and Blackberry mobile devices. Visit fema.gov/mobile-app for more information.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion4 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster- damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

Last Updated:
November 1, 2016 – 10:04
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What to expect after South Carolina survivors call FEMA
Release date:
October 21, 2016
Release Number:
DR-4286-SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Friday, Oct. 21) — Registering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the first step to getting federal disaster assistance. FEMA will ask you to provide information about the property damage you sustained from Hurricane Matthew, proof of your identity and residency, insurance and other documentation to help determine your eligibility.

After you apply, FEMA will send you a copy of your application and a booklet, “Help after a Disaster: Applicant’s Guide to the Individuals and Households Program,” which will answer many of your questions.

This publication explains how FEMA’s disaster assistance program works; describes additional kinds of help you may qualify for from other federal, state and voluntary agencies; and gives you many important tips on how best to make all these programs work for you.

If your home or its contents are damaged and you are uninsured or underinsured, verifying disaster damage is part of the process to establish the amount and type of damage you suffered.

A FEMA-contracted housing inspector may contact you to make an appointment to view disaster damage. It is important to provide good contact information at the time of registration.

About your home inspection

FEMA now has about 270 contracted inspectors in the counties impacted by the storms and flooding.

What to expect after South Carolina survivors call FEMA

Every inspector is required to have a background in construction and is fully qualified to perform disaster-damaged home inspections.

Inspectors are private contractors who wear official FEMA identification badges. If you have concerns that the person is really a FEMA housing inspector, you should contact your local law enforcement agency who will be able to validate the inspector’s identification.

FEMA-contracted inspectors will only confirm personal detailed information that you previously provided during the registration process. There is no charge for an inspection.

The U.S. Small Business Administration and various insurance companies also have inspectors in the field. You may also see FEMA or state preliminary damage assessment teams in your area.

The inspector’s visit

Usually within 10 days after you register with FEMA – online, by phone or at a Disaster Recovery Center – an inspector will call to schedule an appointment to visit your damaged property. Be sure to keep your appointment. If an inspection cannot be completed, FEMA may not be able to finish processing your application.

Keep the scheduled appointment to make sure the assistance process moves quickly. The inspection typically takes 10 to 20 minutes. You – or someone who is 18 or older and lived in the household prior to the disaster – must be present for the scheduled appointment. The inspector will assess damage to both structural and personal property. Inspectors do not determine eligibility or determine the value of damage or losses.

Do not wait for your inspection to start cleaning up and making repairs to your home. You should document the damage with photos or videos, and be sure to save your receipts. Inspectors are thoroughly trained and use specialized software to verify disaster damage quickly.

A FEMA inspection is not an insurance inspection. If you are covered by insurance, you should contact your insurance agent.

Proof of ownership or occupancy

Before examining your property damage, the inspector will ask for your identification and proof of ownership and occupancy (for homeowners) and occupancy only (for renters). You can speed up the process by having the appropriate documents on hand:

A photo ID to prove identity, such as driver’s license or passport.
Proof of ownership, such as a deed, title, mortgage payment book, property insurance policy or tax receipts.
Proof of occupancy, such as a lease, rent payment receipt or utility bill.

What to expect after South Carolina survivors call FEMA

After the inspector’s visit

You will receive a letter of eligibility from FEMA within 10 days of your home inspection. If you are eligible for assistance, the letter will be followed by a check or an electronic funds transfer. The letter explains how the money can be used. You also may be referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for a low-interest disaster loan application. You do not have to accept a loan, if you qualify. However, you must complete the application and return it to SBA to remain eligible for other types of federal assistance, such as FEMA grants if you do not qualify for a loan.

Survivors – in all 21 qualifying counties ­– should register with FEMA even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but under-insured applicants may receive help after their insurance claims have been settled. South Carolina counties designated for individual assistance are: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Calhoun, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Sumter and Williamsburg counties.

In South Carolina, the “One SC Fund” supports and directs funds to nonprofit organizations providing disaster relief & recovery assistance. yourfoundation.org/community-impact/one-sc-fund-sc-flood-relief/. Survivors in the state who need food, clothing, and shelter to call 2-1-1, and for storm clean up to call 1-800-451-1954.

For more information about Hurricane Matthew recovery, visit the South Carolina Emergency Management Division at scemd.org/recovery-section/ia .

You can receive weather alerts, safety tips and learn about disaster resources by downloading the free FEMA App, available for Apple, Android, and Blackberry mobile devices. Visit fema.gov/mobile-app for more information.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY, call 800-462-7585.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/femaregion4 and the FEMA Blog at http://blog.fema.gov.

What to expect after South Carolina survivors call FEMA

SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website at SBA.gov/disaster Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800- 877-8339.

Last Updated:
October 21, 2016 – 12:03
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Applying for Individual Assistance in South Carolina
Release date:
October 16, 2016
Release Number:
NR-004

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Homeowners, renters and business owners in Marion and Orangeburg counties must register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to be eligible for federal disaster assistance for Hurricane Matthew damages and losses in South Carolina.

Disaster survivors may register in any of the following ways:

Online at DisasterAssistance.gov;

On the FEMA Mobile App;

Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA)

Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362

People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585;

The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week

Multilingual operators are available.

Additionally, Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams will soon will be stationed in Marion and Orangeburg counties and visiting damaged neighborhoods to help people register. Disaster Recovery Centers are planned to open in the near future in the declared counties.

Survivors should contact their insurance company to file an insurance claim. FEMA is unable to duplicate insurance payments. However, those without insurance or those who are underinsured may be eligible for help.

The assistance process is faster if only one person per household registers with FEMA, preferably the head of the household. FEMA’s Individual Assistance program applies only to damage to the survivor’s primary residence. Damage to secondary homes is not eligible.

The following information is needed when registering with FEMA:

Social Security number;

Address of the location where the damage occurred;

Current address;

Current telephone number;

Insurance information;

Total household annual income;

Routing and account number for your checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into your bank account);

A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.

Assistance for eligible survivors can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and for other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses or funeral and burial costs. Long-term, low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also may be available to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or benefits from other agencies or organizations.

Survivors who cannot afford to repay an SBA loan may be eligible for additional grant assistance. They will have to submit an SBA loan application before that can be determined.

After registering with FEMA, applicants will be contacted by a FEMA-contracted housing inspector to schedule an appointment to inspect the house and determine the extent of damage. An adult must be present for the inspection. When registering, applicants should provide a contact telephone number where they always can be reached or receive messages.

Homes that remain flooded cannot be inspected until the water recedes.

FEMA assistance is limited to the amount necessary to make the home safe, sanitary and secure for the number of occupants who live there. The cost of repairing additional spaces such as family rooms, dens or extra bedrooms is not considered. Repair cost estimates are based on standard material and construction costs.

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Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 or TTY at 800-462-7585.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Follow FEMA on twitter at @femaregion4. Download the FEMA app with tools and tips to keep you safe before, during, and after disasters.

Dial 2-1-1 to speak with a trained call specialist about questions you have regarding Hurricane Matthew; the service is free, confidential and available in any language. They can help direct you to resources. Call 5-1-1 for the latest road conditions.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/disaster. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

Last Updated:
October 17, 2016 – 15:30
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Formidable Footprint – A Community / Neighborhood Exercise

Description The Formidable Footprint exercise series has been developed in accordance with Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) protocols. The objective of the exercise series is for CERTs, Neighborhood Watch Programs, Neighborhood Associations, Community / Faith Based Organizations, Citizen Corps, Fire Corps and others to work as a team to become better prepared for the next disaster their community may face. There is NO CHARGE for participation in any of the Formidable Footprint exercises. For additional information or to register for up-coming exercises please access the following web site today: www.FormidableFootprint.org

This is a Virtual Event –

Contact Information (Name / Phone / Weblink) Chris Floyd / 850-241-3565 / chrisfloyd@drc-group.com

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WE LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED WHEN IT COMES TO HELPING OTHERS!!

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