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IRS & state of South Carolina Tax Relief for Flooding Victims

Click HERE for information on tax relief for flooding victims from the South Carolina Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service.



Horry County Moves to OPCON 2

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has moved to Operating Condition (OPCON) 2 due to continuing flooding issues. OPCON 2 means that the flooding continues to pose a serious threat to Horry County, but the situation is stabilizing.

The Horry County Emergency Operations Center remains activated 24 hours a day.  Horry County Police and the South Carolina National Guard continue to staff the 14 security checkpoints along the Waccamaw River around the clock.  In addition, The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the Horry County Police and the United States Coast Guard will continue to provide boat patrols along the Waccamaw River and Intracoastal Waterway.

To date, over 1,800 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.




Don't be Victimized by Fraudulent Contractors or Disaster Workers

Conway, South Carolina-Although there have been no reports of fraudulent activity in Horry County, it is important for residents to exercise diligence as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives and other disaster response teams begin to enter our area.  Please keep in mind, FEMA employees DO NOT solicit or accept money from disaster survivors. Many legitimate disaster assistance employees may visit your property such as insurance agents, FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams and inspectors.
Here are some tips to remember to safeguard against fraud: 

  • Ask to see ID badges. All FEMA representatives will have laminated photo identification. A FEMA shirt or jacket is not proof of identity. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with anyone you encounter, please contact local law enforcement.
  • Safeguard personal information. Be cautious when giving personal information such as Social Security or bank account numbers to anyone. FEMA will only request an applicant’s bank account numbers during the initial registration process. However FEMA inspectors will require verification of identity.
  • Beware of people going door-to-door. People knocking on doors at damaged homes or phoning homeowners claiming to be building contractors could be con artists, especially if they ask for personal information or solicit money.
  • Federal workers do not solicit or accept money. FEMA and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) staff never charge applicants for disaster assistance, inspections or help to fill out applications. FEMA inspectors verify damages, but do not involve themselves in any aspect of the repair nor recommend any contractor.
  • FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams may be in your community providing information and assisting people in registering with FEMA or updating their files. The teams coordinate their activities with local emergency managers and make local law enforcement agencies aware of their presence. They will always be wearing FEMA shirts and laminated photo identification. Disaster Survivor Assistance teams will never ask for or accept payment for their services. 

To further protect against fraud, citizens are encouraged to always use licensed and bonded contractors and ask for credentials. Use South Carolina contractors if you can.  To find out if a contractor is licensed in South Carolina, visit the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s website and look under contractors and residential home builders or call (803) 896-4696.

Remember, disaster survivors in Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland or Williamsburg counties may be eligible for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program.

Individuals and households in those counties can register for FEMA Individual Assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov, via smartphone or tablet at m.FEMA.gov or by calling the FEMA helpline at 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 TTY. Lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (central time) and assistance is available in multiple languages.

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



American Red Cross Shelters to Close

Conway, South Carolina-The following American Red Cross shelters are set to close at 7 p.m. this evening (October 9, 2015):
·         Risen Christ Lutheran Church
·         Beach Church 
·         First United Methodist Church of Conway
If further sheltering is needed, efforts will be coordinated with the American Red Cross.
 



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