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Gov. Nikki Haley to Host Team South Carolina for Georgetown and Horry Counties

Columbia, South Carolina – Governor Nikki Haley will visit Georgetown on Friday, October 30, for the next Team South Carolina flood relief event. Team South Carolina for Georgetown and Horry Counties will be held from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Beck Recreation Center.
For those impacted by flooding in counties across the state, Team South Carolina events serve as one-stops where residents can find out about resources available to families and businesses as South Carolina recovers. Team South Carolina events bring together representatives from state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations to assist those in need in the wake of statewide flooding.
At Team South Carolina Day for Georgetown and Horry Counties residents can:

  • Register for financial assistance from FEMA
  • Apply for disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Learn more about repairing and flood proofing their home from FEMA
  • Get information about assistance for farmers with crop losses or damage from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency
  • Apply for unemployment benefits from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce
  • Apply for food and financial assistance from the S.C. Department of Social Services
  • Get information about mental health and other healthcare services from the S.C. Department of Mental Health and the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Get help with insurance claims from the S.C. Department of Insurance
  • Receive a free kit to test well water from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • Receive a free tetanus shot from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control

WHO: Gov. Nikki Haley, state and federal officials, and non-profit organizations
WHAT: Team South Carolina for Georgetown and Horry Counties
WHEN: Friday, October 30, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
WHERE: Beck Recreation Center, 2030 Church Street, Georgetown, SC 29440



Horry County Moves to OPCON 5

​Conway, South Carolina – Horry County will move to Operating Condition (OPCON) 5 as of 10 a.m. this morning as the county continues to transition from response to recovery operations.  OPCON 5 means that Horry County is operating under normal conditions; however the Horry County Emergency Operations Center remains activated 24 hours a day with limited Emergency Support Functions (ESFs).  The Horry County Police will continue to staff security checkpoints along the Waccamaw River and will begin demobilizing those operations as the river recedes and property owners can access their homes. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the Horry County Police will continue to provide boat patrols along the Waccamaw River.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) currently open at the North Strand Recreation Center located at 120 Highway 57 South in Little River and the South Strand Recreation Center located at 9650 Scipio Lane in Myrtle Beach.  Both DRCs are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. until further notice. To-date, over 2,500 individuals have registered for FEMA assistance in Horry County and they have received over $1.5M in individual and household assistance. Also, over $340,000, has been given for rental assistance for those affected by the flood. 

Flood survivors can also register by calling the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362.  Phone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern time, seven days a week until further notice.  Individuals with hearing difficulties can use the TTY number, 1-800-462-7585.  Applicants may also register online at with any computer, smartphone or tablet at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Follow the link to “apply online for federal assistance.” Survivors may also choose to visit a Horry County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). 

For more information, contact Horry County Emergency Management at 843-915-5150.



Horry County Moves to OPCON 4

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County will move to Operating Condition (OPCON) 4 as of 10 a.m. this morning due to continuing flood issues.  OPCON 4 means that flooding still poses a threat to Horry County, however the Waccamaw River continues to recede and the situation is becoming more stabilized. 

The Horry County Emergency Operations Center remains activated 24 hours a day with limited Emergency Support Functions (ESFs).  The Horry County Police will continue to staff eight security checkpoints along the Waccamaw River around the clock.  The four security checkpoints in the Socastee area of Horry County have been discontinued; property owners in those areas are now able to access their properties. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the Horry County Police will continue to provide boat patrols along the Waccamaw River. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) currently open at the North Strand Recreation Center located at 120 Highway 57 South in Little River and the South Strand Recreation Center located at 9650 Scipio Lane in Myrtle Beach.  Both DRCs are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. until further notice.  In addition, today is the last day for the Intake Registration Location at the Conway Recreation Center located at 1515 Millpond Road in Conway.  This location will  be open today from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. 

Flood survivors can also register by calling the the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.  Phone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern time, seven days a week until further notice.  Individuals with hearing difficulties can use the TTY number, 800-462-7585.  Applicants may also register online at with any computer, smartphone or tablet at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Follow the link to “apply online for federal assistance.” Survivors may also choose to visit a Horry County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC).

Additional flooding information can be found on Horry County’s official website at http://www.horrycounty.org . 

For more information, contact Horry County Emergency Management at 843-915-5150.

 

 



Horry County Moves to OPCON 3

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County will move to Operating Condition (OPCON) 3 at 5 p.m. today due to continuing flooding issues. OPCON 3 means that the flooding continues to pose a threat to Horry County, however the Waccamaw River continues to recede and the situation is further stabilized.

The Horry County Emergency Operations Center remains activated 24 hours a day.  The Horry County Police continue to staff security checkpoints along the Waccamaw River around the clock.  In addition, The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the Horry County Police will continue to provide boat patrols along the Waccamaw River and Intracoastal Waterway.

To date, over 2,000 Horry County residents have applied for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s assistance.

Additional flooding information can be found on Horry County’s official website.  

For more information, contact Horry County Emergency Management at 843-915-5150.

 



FEMA Adds Intake Registration Location in Conway

 

Conway, South Carolina – FEMA representatives remain in Horry County to assist those individuals who have sustained a loss (major or minor) from the flash floods as well as the ongoing flooding issues. FEMA is urging people who have not already registered for assistance to call 800-621-3362 and FEMA field inspectors will be sent to those properties to do a damage assessment within 2-10 days. FEMA officials say you don’t have to wait for an inspector to begin clean-up though. FEMA field inspectors will carry proper credentials (IDs) so they can be easily identified. Any questions relating to the authenticity of a FEMA representative, can call Horry County Emergency Management for verification at (843) 915-5150.

FEMA has added an Intake Registration Location at the Conway Recreation Center located at 1515 Millpond Road in Conway.  This Intake Registration Location will be open Saturday, October 17, 2015, through Monday, October 19, 2015, from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.  At this location, citizens may register for FEMA assistance and may check the status of a current application.  These are the ONLY services available at this location.  Citizens needing additional services should visit one of the other Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) located in the following locations:

  • North Strand Recreation Center, 120 Highway 57 South, Little River
  • South Strand Recreation Center, 9650 Scipio Lane, Myrtle Beach

These DRCs will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. and will be staffed by personnel able to assist Horry County citizens with: answers to questions, referrals to agencies that may be able to provide further assistance, housing assistance and rental information, crisis counseling, disaster related legal services, disaster related unemployment, assistance through the Small Business Administration, status of applications being processed by FEMA, and other valuable services. FEMA also encourages people to document, document and document. The more photos and information you can provide, the better. Also keep a record of your receipts if you have to go out and buy supplies for cleaning or repairs.

Some disaster survivors affected by the severe storms and flooding in South Carolina may receive a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) saying they are ineligible for disaster assistance.

If that happens, do not be alarmed or discouraged. It may mean that FEMA does not have all the information needed to make a decision regarding an applicant’s disaster assistance.

Several reasons exist for why flood survivors receive ineligibility determination letters and yet may be eligible for assistance. For example, the applicant may still need to:

  • Return insurance information;
  • Provide information to prove occupancy or ownership of the damaged property;
  • Fill out all necessary paperwork; or
  • Complete and return the U.S. Small Business Administration loan application.    

Applicants with insurance should contact their insurance company and ask for a settlement letter detailing exactly what is covered under their claim. They should mail insurance settlement information to FEMA – Individuals & Households Program, National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055. 

Flood survivors have up to 12 months from the date they registered with FEMA to submit insurance information for review. FEMA cannot provide money to individuals or households for losses already covered by insurance. 

FEMA reminds applicants to return the completed SBA loan application even if they choose to decline the loan. Completing the loan application is a necessary step if applicants are to be considered for some other forms of disaster assistance.

Applicants who wish to appeal a decision may do so in writing within 60 days from the date the ineligibility letter was received. Guidelines for appeals can be found in the Applicant’s Handbook sent to everyone who registered with FEMA. 

Ineligibility Letters

Flood survivors who need to update their application information or have any questions about disaster assistance can call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.  Phone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern time, seven days a week until further notice. Individuals with hearing difficulties can use the TTY number, 800-462-7585. Applicants may also register online at with any computer, smartphone or tablet at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Follow the link to “apply online for federal assistance.” Survivors may also choose to visit a Horry County Disaster Recovery Center (DRC).



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