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Counties eligible for federal assistance

on Tuesday, 25 October 2016. Posted in News, Local News

South Carolina homeowners and renters in 15 additional counties are now eligible to apply for disaster assistance, from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), for damage and losses sustained as a result of the Hurricane Matthew storms and flooding that began Oct. 4.

President Obama signed an amendment, on Oct. 17, adding the following counties to his previous major disaster declaration for Hurricane Matthew, making federal funding available to individuals and households.

Darlington and Florence counties are eligible for individual assistance under a declaration signed by the President on Oct. 14.

South Carolina homeowners and renters in designated counties who had damage to their homes, vehicles or personal property as a result of the storms are eligible to apply for FEMA assistance. Disaster assistance may include grants to help pay for rent, home repairs to primary residences, uninsured and underinsured personal property losses, and medical, dental, childcare and funeral expenses caused by the disaster.

There are a number of ways survivors may apply for FEMA assistance:

• Online at

• Download the FEMA Mobile App at mobile-app

• Phone 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. Persons 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.

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