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National Disaster Legal Aid

Hurricane Matthew devastated areas in South Carolina on October 4, 2016.   The President made a major disaster declaration for South Carolina on October 11, 2016.

For South Carolina Hurricane Matthew (DR-4286), Individual and Household Assistance is available to those in Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Sumter and WilliamsburgCounties.

Note:  THE FEMA APPLICATION DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 11, 2016.  Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process. THE SBA APPLICATION DEADLINE IS ALSO DECEMBER 11, 2016.  

Key resources for those affected by the floods: 

  • South Carolina Legal Assistance Hotline: 1-877-797-2227 ext. 120 (toll-free) or (803) 576-3815 (local) between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM,

    Monday through Friday, to request assistance.  See the SC Legal resources page.  
  • You have 60 days from any flooding to file your Flood Insurance Proof of Loss.
  • The Governor's office has further information about disaster recovery and related news.   
  • The offices of South Carolina Legal Services are open to assist disaster victims and other low income individuals.   They have a dedicated Hurricane Matthew page to provide additional information.
  • has a dedicated section with information for people seeking help with disaster recovery issues.
  • SBA Disaster Loans are available for those who qualify
  • Free legal assistance available to hurricane survivors through a partnership among the American Bar
    Association Young Lawyers Division, the South Carolina Bar, the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division and South Carolina Legal Services
     Please see the
    press release for more information.
  • Information to assist disaster survivors with general legal issues can be found by calling the state legal disaster hotline 1-877-797-2227 ext. 120 (toll-free) or (803) 576-3815 (local) between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM,
    Monday through Friday, to request assistance.
  • South Carolina Hurricane Matthew (DR-4286)
  • Hurricane Matthew Insurance Help - assistance from the nonprofit United Policyholders about Insurance Claims and recovery
  • Disaster Food Stamps may soon be available, but replacing lost food is possible now.  The application must be completed by November 6, 2016 to replace lost food bought by SNAP benefits.   
  • See the USDA Disaster page for Disaster SNAP info and other disaster programs from the USDA.  
  • If you lost your job due to Matthew, see here for Disaster Unemployment Information.  
  • Tax Relief for Victims of Hurricane Matthew in South Carolina.  Extensions have been granted for many filings.
  • FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Locator
  • American Red Cross Shelter Locator
  • FEMA Disaster Reporter: view pictures of the disaster either in a list view or off a zoomable street level map.

Residents and businesses affected by Hurricane Matthew can apply for government disaster relief benefits online at 


Individuals, including those who use 711 relay or VRS, can call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) while those who use TTY can call 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EDT seven days a week until further notice.

Another option is to register online at  or via web-enabled phone or tablet at

  • If you need to appeal a FEMA denial on your own, please see here to get an interactive form to appeal and letter requesting a copy of your file.
  • You can also find resources on this site under For People Who Need Help.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest on the News page.
Other helpful resources to help address legal needs resulting from this disaster:

News Items:

Free Legal Help Available for North Carolina Victims of Hurricane Matthew- Channel 2 TV