SCEMD/FEMA Private Sector Advisory Hurricane Matthew (DR-4286-SC)

October 27, 2016
DR-4286 Hurricane Matthew
Private Sector Advisory # 01
FEMA Private Sector POC: Chad McCormick
SCEMD Private Sector: David Perry

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourage all of our Private Sector partners to share the following disaster recovery information with your membership, employees, families and friends who were impacted and sustained damages by Hurricane Matthew that occurred October 4 and continuing. 

South Carolina Survivors Urged to Register for Disaster Assistance
Homeowners and renters in three more South Carolina counties – Berkeley, Charleston and Chesterfield – are now eligible to receive Individual Assistance from FEMA to help them recover from flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew.
Individual Assistance is also available to homeowners and renters in these 21 counties: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Calhoun, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Sumter and Williamsburg
Assistance can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary homes, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help survivors recover from the effects of the disaster.

Survivors can register online at or by calling 800-621-3362. Disaster assistance applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing should call 800-462-7585 (TTY); those who use Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.
For additional information, please visit FEMA new release.
What to Expect After You Apply for Disaster Assistance

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.
For additional information, please see “What to expect after South Carolina survivors call FEMA

SBA Opens Business Recovery Center in South Carolina
SBA representatives at the Center can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and provide help in completing the SBA application.  The Center is located as indicated below and will operate until further notice:
Beaufort County
Hilton Head-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce
1 Chamber of Commerce Drive
Hilton Head, SC 29928
Days: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Closed: Sundays
Florence County
Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce
100 West Evans Street
Florence, SC 29501
Opens: Friday, Oct. 28 @ 11 a.m.
Days: Mon-Thur. 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday’s 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Closed: Saturdays & Sundays
Orangeburg County
Small Business Development Center
S.C State University Belcher Hall (Suite 353)
300 College Street NE
Orangeburg, SC 29117
Days: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed: Saturdays & Sundays
For additional information regarding SBA Business Recovery Centers (BRC’s), please visit news release.
Additional Information:
For more information on the State of South Carolina Hurricane Matthew recovery, go to or visit the S.C Emergency Management Division site at
Also, we encourage all those with smartphone access to please visit your mobile app store and download the free FEMA App.  The FEMA App can provide you with information on preparedness, weather alerts along with shelter locations (Red Cross) or available Disaster Recovery Centers (FEMA DRC’s) DRC Locator.

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.
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).

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, or visiting SBA’s website at Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.

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