After a request from Governor Henry McMaster, President Joe Biden has declared a disaster exists in South Carolina as a result of Hurricane Ian. Residents who suffered damage in Charleston, Georgetown, and Horry counties may now register for disaster assistance through FEMA.
FEMA Individual Assistance can help residents with eligible storm-related costs not covered by insurance. Please note that prior to receiving Federal financial assistance, any insurance benefits must be exhausted to avoid duplication of benefits.
Residents can register for FEMA assistance in one of three ways:
- Online by logging onto DisasterAssistance.gov
- Online by downloading the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download the app, visit: fema.gov/mobile-app or your phone’s app store.
- Call 800-621-3362. Residents who are Deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. Language translators also are available.
Toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Additionally, the President approved Federal aid to supplement state and local agency recovery efforts in the following seven counties: Berkeley, Charleston, Clarendon, Georgetown, Horry, Jasper, and Williamsburg counties. Under the FEMA Public Assistance Program, state agencies, affected local governments and certain private non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for federal funding to pay 75 percent of the approved costs under certain categories such as emergency measures, debris removal and road repair related to the storm.
The remaining 25 percent non-federal share will be paid through state funds for state and local government agencies, but will be the responsibility of the applicant for non-profit organizations, including electric cooperatives. More information about this program can be found here.
The declaration also makes cost-shared funding available to the state for approved projects that reduce – or mitigate – future disaster risks. Funds under this program will be available to state agencies, local governments, and certain non-profit organizations only. A wide variety of potential projects are eligible.
Representatives from the SCEMD Recovery Section will explain procedures for requesting assistance at a series of applicant briefings at locations to be announced soon in the affected areas.