SOUTH CAROLINA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

SOUTH CAROLINA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU CALL US:

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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For those of you looking for employment through-out the United States, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico, simply send me an email to:
HTI EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE 05-14

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Homeless To Independence Inc. is not responsible for misprints or cancellations of events by the event holders, landlord and/or their agent, or ourselves. Homeless to Independence Inc. also reserves the right to “NOT” offer services to people and/or persons that are rude, unpleasant, and untruthful in any way shape or form, belligerent and the like.

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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09-16-17

Hurricane Victims Get Tax Relief from the IRS The IRS has just announced that victims of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey can get loans and hardship distributions from their 401(k) and other similar employer-sponsored retirement programs. The IRS is also relaxing procedural and administrative rules that normally apply to retirement plan loans and hardship distributions. Hardship withdrawals must be made by January 31, 2018.

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-relief-in-disaster-situations?utm_c

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09-12-17 SOUTH CAROLINA BUSINESS’

Small Business Quick Recovery Loan

by Charleston LDC | September 7, 2017 | LDC News |

The LDC wants to remind businesses in the local area, to include those located in Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, and Williamsburg counties, about its Quick Recovery Loan Program. Following a natural disaster, businesses can receive temporary financial relief through the program. It is designed as a prompt stop-gap loan for businesses that have suffered losses due to a natural disaster.

Following a catastrophic event, businesses are often unable to quickly resume operations due to a lack of cash reserves and the time it can take to receive insurance proceeds, assistance through SBA, or traditional lenders. The LDC program, with its streamlined application and expedited process, can provide almost immediate financial assistance to eligible small businesses within its five-county service area. Loan proceeds can provide the swift relief that businesses need to be back in operation quickly.

The program is designed to provide up to $10,000 in funding for the purposes of repairing damages to a place of business, purchasing generators, replacing perishable inventory, paying salaries, and meeting other operational needs. The short-term loan provides favorable terms and calls for repayment when funds are received from insurance proceeds, SBA funding, or traditional financing.

Outside of disaster relief, the LDC provides other loan programs for a variety of business needs, including funds for business startup. Businesses unable to access commercial financing may be eligible for one of the LDC’s other programs.

The LDC is a community-driven nonprofit, dedicated to growing the local economy by providing flexible, affordable, and customizable loans to small businesses that are unable to obtain traditional commercial financing. The LDC is located at 2 George Street and can be contacted at 843-973-7298, through its website @ www.charlestonldc.org or email @ info@charlestonldc.org

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE DISASTER RELIEF LOAN APPLICATION

http://charlestonldc.com/files/LDCDisasterReliefLoanApplication.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

OR

LDCDisasterReliefLoanApplication

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09-12-17

Over the past few weeks, thousands of workers in Texas and Louisiana have found themselves out of a job due to Hurricane Harvey.

Now, many more thousands of people in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are unemployed or unable to get to work due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.

Though the program is in need of serious reform in many states, some form of Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to most workers who lose their job or cannot get to work due to a natural disaster.

NELP created this fact sheet to help these unemployed workers understand the benefits available through Disaster Unemployment Assistance, as well as how to access the program. A fact sheet NELP published last week also provides information specific to workers impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Please share this information with anyone you know who is affected by either Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Harvey, or who is working in communities impacted by the disaster.

In unity,

National Employment Law Project

FACT SHEET: How-Workers-Access-Disaster-Unemployment-After-Hurricane-Irma

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of South Carolina
Release date:
September 7, 2017
Release Number:
HQ-17-093-FactSheet

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Donald J. Trump’s disaster declaration issued for the state of South Carolina and the Catawba Indian Nation.

Assistance for the State, Tribe and affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

FEMA is authorized to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the designated areas.
Specifically, FEMA is authorized to provide emergency protective measures (Category B), including direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program at 75 percent federal funding.

Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.twitter.com/femaspox, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema. Also, follow Administrator Brock Long’s activities at www.twitter.com/fema_brock.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

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.

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Related Content:
President Donald J. Trump Signs Emergency Declaration for South Carolina

Last Updated:
September 7, 2017 – 18:49
State/Tribal Government or Region:
South Carolina
Related Disaster(s):
3386
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09-07-17 SOUTH CAROLINA IRMA

Mandatory coastal evacuations in South Carolina to start Saturday morning ahead of Hurricane Irma https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://myfox8.com/2017/09/07/evacuations-issued-in-parts-of-florida-georgia-ahead-of-hurricane-irma/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyHGYyYTY3YjNiYjE1ZWJjOGM6Y29tOmVuOlVTOlI&usg=AFQjCNH5zcHjGAt9NJRZ8zZJg_vlAsO4pQ … #MANDATORY #EVAC…

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09-07-17 SOUTH CAROLINA IRMA

SCEMD‏Verified account @SCEMD 59m59 minutes ago

If your area is evacuated and you need a ride, contact your county Emergency Management Division. #Irma #SCTweets #SCWX

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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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