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South Carolina Hurricane Florence 2018

HURRICANE FLORENCE HELP FOR PEOPLE IN SOUTH CAROLINA

Disaster Legal Hotline: 1-877-797-2227 ext. 210 

Hurricane winds and floods affected areas in South Carolina beginning on September 8, 2018, and continuing. On September 17, 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of South Carolina to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected during this period. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. People in the following counties are eligible to receive federal disaster assistance: 

  • Chesterfield, Dillon, Horry, Marion, and Marlboro

For DR-4394, assistance for affected individuals and families is available and people are urged to apply through FEMA.

Disaster Number: 4394

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

Registration with FEMA for Disaster Assistance Extended to December 5, 2018
Appeal Your FEMA Decision Within 60 days of the date on the determination letter


Key resources for those impacted by this disaster

GOVERNMENT DISASTER RELIEF BENEFITS

Residents and businesses affected by this disaster can apply for government disaster relief benefits in several ways:

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
  • On the FEMA Mobile App, or by
  • Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People 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. ET, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages. Deadline to apply with FEMA is November 16, 2018.
  • For official news and press releases related to this disaster, please visit FEMA's News & Updates- South Carolina Hurricane Florence.
  • Note: Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process.
  • Disaster Unemployment Assistance: If you have lost your job as a direct result of Hurricane Florence, you may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). DUA benefits are funded by the federal government to assist after a disaster. As part of that assistance, the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce administers funds to individuals who have lost their job because a business was damaged or closed during the hurricane. Once the storm damage has been assessed and a disaster declaration has been made for a county, individuals have 30 calendar days to file for benefits. Click here to learn more. 

LEGAL ASSISTANCE AND RESOURCES

  • CALL - A TOLL-FREE LEGAL AID HOTLINE is now available. Individuals affected by Florence and facing legal issues who are unable to afford a lawyer may call 1-877-797-2227 ext. 120 (toll-free) or (803) 576-3815 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to request assistance. When connected to the hotline, callers should identify that they are seeking disaster-related legal assistance, brief details of the assistance needed and in which disaster declared
    county they are located. Individuals who qualify for assistance will be matched with South Carolina lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal assistance. Click here for the full press release
  • For legal assistance and other disaster recovery information, please visit:
  • South Carolina Appleseed: Hurricane Florence Disaster Information
  • South Carolina Bar: Resources for Hurricane Florence victims or email disasterinfo@scbar.org. 
  • South Carolina Free Legal Answers 
  • United Policyholders: Tropical Storm/Hurricane Florence Recovery Help
  • South Carolina Legal Services 
  • ABA Disaster Legal Services Program: Through the Disaster Legal Services Program, the ABA Young Lawyers Division (ABA-YLD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provide immediate temporary legal assistance to disaster survivors at no charge. Please visit their page for other disaster recovery resources. 
  • 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.
  • For Frequently Asked Questions about FEMA appeals, please click here.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest on the News page.
  • Help After a Disaster: FEMA's Guide for the Individual Applicants
  • You might get a call about applying for an SBA loan.  Listen!

RESOURCES FOR VETERANS

  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Hurricane Florence Updates
  • Hotlines are managed by the VA Health Resource Center. The call center will connect Veterans and employees in real time with the resources they need in a disaster.
  • Veteran Disaster Hotline Number: 1-800-507-4571
  • Employee Disaster Hotline Number: 1-866-233-0152
  • VBA Hotline Number: 1-800-827-1000
  • Pharmacy Customer Care: 1- 866-400-1243
  • Vet Center/Counseling: 1-877-WAR-VETS

OTHER RESOURCES THAT CAN HELP

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Hurricane Florence hit North and South Carolina on Sept. 14, 2018, bringing high winds and flooding and devasting damage. Civil legal aid organizations needed to quickly identify and reach out to the most impacted individuals to provide valuable services in their time of need.

Organizations from both states reached out to SRLN to collaborate on a joint project to explain the importance of civil legal aid in a successful disaster recovery and identify which populations were most impacted. SRLN staff leveraged existing demographic data and geographic information systems (GIS) technology to rapidly create a series of story maps to deliver much-needed information out to legal aid organizations and decision makers.

Organizations from both states reached out to SRLN to collaborate on a joint project to explain the importance of civil legal aid in a successful disaster recovery and identify which populations were most impacted. SRLN staff leveraged existing demographic data and geographic information systems (GIS) technology to rapidly create a series of story maps to deliver much-needed information out to legal aid organizations and decision makers. For the Interactive Story Map, CLICK HERE.