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South Carolina Severe Storms, Tornadoes, And Straight-line Winds 2020

SEVERE STORMS, TORNADOES, AND STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS FOR PEOPLE IN SOUTH CAROLINA

Disaster Legal Hotline: 1-877-797-2227 

Severe storms, tornadoes and straight-line winds affected areas in South Carolina from April 12 to April 13, 2020. On May 2, 2020, 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: 

  • Aiken, Barnwell, Berkeley, Colleton, Hampton, Marlboro, Oconee, Orangeburg, and Pickens

For DR-4542, assistance for affected individuals and families is available and people are urged to apply through FEMA.

Disaster Number: 4542

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

Registration with FEMA for Disaster Assistance Wednesday, July 1, 2020 
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 July 1, 2020.
  • For official news and press releases related to this disaster, please visit FEMA's News & Updates page.
  • Note: Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process.

LEGAL ASSISTANCE AND RESOURCES

  • CALL - A TOLL-FREE LEGAL AID HOTLINE is now available. Individuals affected by this disaster 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 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, consider the following:
  • 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!
  • If you're interested in understanding the FEMA application and appeals process better, click here to access "Figuring Out FEMA," a short guide with common questions about applying for federal disaster assistance benefits. 

OTHER RESOURCES THAT CAN HELP

ARE YOU AN ATTORNEY WHO CAN HELP?

  • Bookmark United Policyholder's (UP) website and resources, including the Roadmap to Recovery and Advocacy and Action. UP's mission is to be a trustworthy and useful information resource and an effective voice for consumers of all types of insurance in all 50 states.
  • Consider joining the National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center to connect with other attorneys and advocates responding to natural disasters. The Center offers monthly training calendar emails, specialized advocacy resources, a member roster, and discussion lists you can sign up for.