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On August 29, 2017
in Emergencies, Public Safety
Date: 29 August 2017
Time: 8 a.m.
Subtropical Storm 10 Update:
Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has moved to Operating Condition (OPCON) 5, which is normal operating conditions, as of this morning. The Horry County Emergency Operations Center was not opened however Horry Emergency Management is available for questions, concerns, etc.
Beachgoers should continue to heed the advice of lifeguards as the National Weather Service still lists our area under a moderate rip current risk. This means that beachgoers should swim close to lifeguards and obey the flag warning system.
Residents in low lying or flood prone areas along the Waccamaw River are advised to monitor the water levels closely as the National Weather Service river forecast has the river peaking at 11’5” on Thursday, August 31, 2017.
Drivers are cautioned to NEVER DRIVE THROUGH WATER! It only takes a small amount of water to sweep a vehicle away.
For more information, call Horry County Emergency Management at 843-915-5150 or visit Horry County’s website. Horry County Emergency Management can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.
On October 31, 2016
Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has moved to Operating Condition (OPCON) 5, normal operating condition, as of this morning as recover efforts continue.
The Horry County Emergency Operations Center is closed however Horry Emergency Management (843-915-5150) is available during normal working hours (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) for questions, concerns, etc. The Horry County Police has switched to roving patrols in those previous flooded areas as residents are now able to access their property.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved Horry County for Individual Assistance, allowing survivors who sustained losses to apply for aid in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Assistance may include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary homes, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help survivors recover from the effects of the disaster. Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. Disaster assistance applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing should call 800-462-7585 (TTY); those who use Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week until further notice.
FEMA representatives remain in Horry County to assist those individuals who have sustained a loss (major or minor) from Hurricane Matthew. 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.
FEMA has opened a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to assist those who have sustained a loss during the floods. The DRC is located at the following location:
South Strand Recreation Center, 9650 Scipio Lane, Myrtle Beach
Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and closed on Sundays.
The DRC 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 Hurricane Matthew 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.
Hurricane Matthew 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.
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).
On February 24, 2016
in Emergencies, General, Public Safety
Conway, South Carolina – At 3 p.m., Horry County moved to Operating Condition (OPCON) 5. OPCON 5 means that Horry County is operating under normal conditions. Citizens should continue to stay tuned to local media for weather updates.
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