Georgetown County Approved for FEMA Individual Assistance from Hurricane Matthew
FEMA Individual Assistance for damage resulting from Hurricane Matthew is now available for Georgetown County.
Congressman Tom Rice will hold MOBILE OFFICE hours in Andrews and Murrells Inlet this week to help answer your questions about FEMA Individual Assistance grants:
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21
Andrews Mobile Office
Andrews Town Hall
101 N Morgan Ave
Andrews, SC 29510
Murrells Inlet Mobile Office
Murrells Inlet Community Center
4462 Murrells Inlet Rd
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Congressman Rice will have staff at both sites (Andrews and Murrells Inlet) to provide information about how to apply for FEMA Individual Assistance grants for damage resulting from Hurricane Matthew. They will also have information available on other programs (Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, charity contacts, etc.) for both individuals and small businesses.
- Individuals, including homeowners, renters, and business owners who suffered loss or damages due to Hurricane Matthew may register for assistance through the following means:
- Telephone at 800-621-FEMA (3362)
- Online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov
- FEMA’s Mobile Application
- Those who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 800-621-3362, (800-462-7585 TTY).
- Survivors should contact their insurance company to file an insurance claim. FEMA is unable to duplicate insurance payments. However, those without insurance or who may be underinsured may still receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.
- The toll-free telephone number will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST seven days a week. Multi-lingual operators are available.
- Grant assistance provided by FEMA for homeowners and renters can include:
- Funds to help with rent
- Home repairs to their primary residences
- Other serious disaster-related needs, such as personal and necessary items, moving and storage expenses, transportation, medical and dental expenses, or funeral and burial and reinternment costs caused by the disaster.
- Other relief programs include crisis counseling and legal assistance.
HELPFUL TIPS FOR WORKING WITH FEMA
Jeff Shaw, Principal/President of S&S Recovery Solutions, LLC, offers these helpful tips:
Take a lot of pictures of everything
Try to get an independent estimate for damages to compare with the FEMA inspectors
Remember, FEMA will not make you whole – it is designed to get you back on your feet
Also: this is very important - do not skip a step during the process; e.g. if you are sent a loan application but do not want a loan, please complete the application. If you do not, this will remove you from the process. It is better for you to complete the application and then refuse the loan if it is offered.
- Road closures may change as river levels change. Please check the SC DOT website for a list of roads that are closed.
- I-95 and I-40 in NC have reopened:
- I-40, from I-95 to Wilmington, has re-opened after earlier closures from Hurricane Matthew.
- I-95 has also re-opened through North Carolina after earlier closures from Hurricane Matthew.
- However, I-95 southbound is reduced to 1 lane in 2 locations:
- -near Interstate 40 at Exit 79, and
- -near Lumberton at Exit 25
- Check the North Carolina Department of Transportation website for alternate routes.
Curbside hurricane debris removal is now available in Georgetown County.
If you have debris questions in the unincorporated parts of Georgetown County, call (843) 545-3999.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and associated river flooding in Georgetown County, the county has contracted with the S.C. Department of Transportation for removal of hurricane-related debris. As part of this contract, curbside pickup of hurricane-related debris will be available on public roadways in unincorporated areas of the county that were impacted by flooding. Collection is expected to begin Oct. 17.
Debris must be separated into the following six categories for curbside pickup:
- Large appliances
- Household hazardous waste
- Vegetative debris
- Construction debris
- Household garbage
Curbside pickup will not be available on private streets (those with blue street signs). Only hurricane-related debris will be picked up. Large quantities of shingles and other roofing materials from re-roofing jobs will not be collected and must be disposed of via normal procedures.
SCDOT’s contractors will prioritize debris removal based on which areas can be accessed safely for debris removal operations. In some areas, floodwaters and blocked roadways still prevent contractors from reaching debris.
Residents are asked to place any hurricane-related debris they would like removed in the public right-of-way (the area that extends from the street to the sidewalk, ditch, utility pole or easement). Residents should not place debris on the right-of-way if they have or will receive insurance funding to privately dispose of household debris covered by their insurance policy. SCDOT will only collect hurricane-related debris for which residents are not receiving insurance funding for private disposal.
For debris to be picked up, it must be separated into the categories listed above and must be unbagged (with the exception of waste in the household garbage category, which should be bagged). Other than household garbage, only loose debris will be collected. Residents should not place debris near a water meter vault, fire hydrant or any other above-ground utility, and should avoid placing it directly under power lines.
Contractors will make multiple passes through impacted areas. If residents cannot safely set out debris at this time, or if contractors cannot safely enter submerged or blocked areas, additional debris removal passes will be scheduled.
For more information, call (843) 545-3999 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. A brochure with further details will be posted at www.gtcounty.org.
City and Towns Residents: If you live within the limits of an incorporated municipality, you should contact municipal officials regarding their debris cleanup procedures.
Those needing assistance are urged to contact:
- Call 2-1-1 One-stop resource for finding assistance or visit them online at http://www.sc211.org/.
- For assistance with debris or mold clean up, call Helping Hands at 1-800-451-1954,
- For additional needs/concerns, call Georgetown County Emergency Management at (843) 545-3273.
If you are without electricity, please call your service provider. Crews are still working around the clock to get everyone connected.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) has imposed a temporary closure or ban for most hunting within the Waccamaw River drainage system and within the Great Pee Dee and Little Pee Dee River drainage systems in Georgetown and Horry counties. Click HERE for more information.
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