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Hurricane Matthew Recovery Update from the South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office

The South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office is re-opening the Hurricane Matthew Recovery Program to repair or reconstruct single family homes for low-to-moderate income residents with Hurricane Matthew related damage in Marion or Horry County. Click to complete the online application.

Call 844-410-8560 or visit for further assistance and information.

Socastee Community Assistance Day

Residential Resource Forum for all Horry County Residents Impacted by 
Hurricane Matthew and the Subsequent Flooding
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27th 12:00 Noon - 7:00pm
Socastee Baptist Church (Fellowship Hall) ∙ 3690 Socastee Blvd ∙ Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
As our community begins to recover from the effects of Hurricane Matthew we want to make sure that our constituents have access to all the disaster relief resources they need. THIS THURSDAY, October 27th several government agencies and organizations from around our community will be at Socastee Baptist Church (Fellowship Hall) to assist those impacted by recent weather events.

This forum will provide a one-stop location of available disaster relief assistance. 
Hosted by: Heather Ammons Crawford, Cam Crawford, Mark Lazarus & Russell Fry 
(The following participants have been confirmed at the time of printing. 
Other entities will likely be added as we continue working through the planning process.)
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Will be onsite to answer questions and assist with registration for FEMA assistance.
Small Business Administration
Will be onsite to answer questions regarding the SBA and resources they can provide.
United States Senator Lindsey Graham's Office
Will be onsite to answer questions and assist with navigating federal assistance programs.
SC Department of Insurance
Will be onsite to answer insurance related questions.
SC Department of Employment and Workforce
Will be onsite to answer questions regarding possible temporary unemployment benefits due to the disaster.
SC Department of Social Services 
Will be onsite to assist with possible replacement SNAP benefits and answer questions.
SC Department of Health & Human Services
Will be onsite to assist with possible Medicaid eligibility and answer questions.
SC Department of Health & Environmental Control
Will be onsite to answer questions regarding tetanus shots, well water testing, and all other pertinent questions.
Waccamaw Mental Health
The Salvation Army
The American Red Cross
Your Sister's Closet
South Strand Helping Hand
Help4Kids / Backpack Buddies of Horry County
We will provide food for attendees from 12:00 Noon - 2:00pm 
& again from 5:00pm - 7:00pm courtesy of AJ's Pizza of Myrtle Beach.
Coffee & donuts will also be available throughout the day.
Contact Heather Ammons Crawford by email or Cam Crawford at 843-504-0905 with questions.

Residents Are Encouraged to Call 2-1-1 For Help with Hurricane Matthew Recovery

United Way of Horry County in conjunction with other United Ways across South Carolina is encouraging residents who have been affected by Hurricane Matthew to call the free 2-1-1 helpline. South Carolina 2-1-1 is your one-stop resource for finding assistance in your local community. We keep a database of a wide variety of service providers including support groups, community clinics, counselors, shelters, food pantries, programs for seniors, and many more agencies in South Carolina. 

Call 2-1-1 anytime, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to link to vital services. You can also call 2-1-1 toll free at 1-866-892-9211. This free service is available in multiple languages. 

If you are an agency who can help those affected by Hurricane Matthew, be sure to register with South Carolina 2-1-1 by visiting You may also reach out to United Way of Horry County for assistance with this registration.

If you are interested in volunteering to aid in Hurricane Matthew recovery, please visit getconnected to register yourself or your group and to get the most up-to-date information on where your help is most needed. If you would like to give specifically for Hurricane Matthew recovery, please visit and designate that you would like your gift to go directly to Horry County victims’ needs. As always, you can give to United Way of Horry County directly by visiting and your donation will go to long term, ongoing programs and projects that will help those affected both now and in the future. Either way, 100% of all donations will go to Horry County needs. 
United Way of Horry County improves lives by focusing on the building blocks of a good life: Health, Education & Financial Stability. Through partners and programs, we work to find solutions that create lasting change within the community.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Meredith Millen at 843-347-5195 or email