Wednesday is the last chance for individuals to apply for disaster assistance from FEMA for damage caused by Hurricane Florence.
“We’re winding down the individual assistance side,” Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer Allan Jarvis said. “We’re just really ramping up the public assistance side, working through with the counties to work on providing assistance for their emergency protective measures, for damages that happen to government or city buildings so that process will be going on for some time.”
Hurricane victims can submit their applications online at disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA. They also can use the same resources to check the status of claims previously submitted.
“We’ve been putting a lot of information out there to make sure folks do register,” Jarvis said.
All of FEMA’s disaster recovery centers set up in the storm’s immediate aftermath have since closed across the Pee Dee. However, victims can still check on any claims through the 800 number or disasterassistance.gov.
The US Small Business Administration business recovery centers are still open this week, although many are closed in honor of former president George H.W. Bush’s funeral.
The federal government has approved more than $65 million in disaster aid so far. FEMA said nearly 4,900 people have applied for disaster aid as a result of Hurricane Florence.
“We’ve had a little over 16,000 that have registered for assistance. we’ve provided about $21 million in FEMA federal assistance, about $43 million in SBA loans, personal loans and small business loans and I believe we’re about 70 million on the National Flood Insurance claims that have been paid out for Florence,” Jarvis said.
The deadline to register for aid through FEMA for uninsured or underinsured damage or losses has been extended to 11:59 p.m.
South Carolina homeowners, renters and business owners in Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Marion and Marlboro counties may apply for disaster assistance for losses occurring between Sept. 8-Oct. 8.