MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Early registration is now open for those seeking individual disaster assistance from the federal government for recovery from the historic flooding in South Carolina.
Those who live in Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, or Williamsburg county, you can apply for federal assistance at disasterassistance.gov, or by calling 800-621-3362. Florence County was not included in the initial request for federal aid because a damage assessment had not yet been completed, according to a statement from the Florence County Emergency Management Division. This assessment should be completed by Tuesday.
While the state does not yet have a federal declaration for Individual Assistance from FEMA, individuals can complete an application now. To do so, head to the disasterassistance.gov website, click Apply Online, and when asked to choose a disaster, select: "Disaster has occurred, but not in the list." The application will be processed if and when a declaration is signed, according to the Disaster Assistance website.
On Monday, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley announced that she has put in her request for a Major Disaster Declaration from the Federal government on a fast track. She submitted a verbal request, which will be followed up by one on paper. The declaration will help state officials gain access to immediate relief resources.
She said federal resources are on the way and FEMA crews are ready to assess damage.
State officials said areas of concern that could be evacuated include Kingstree, and areas along the Black, Wateree, Waccamaw and Edisto rivers.
In the meantime, Haley recommends flood victims start recording, assessing and conducting an inventory of their property damage so when FEMA officials start processing relief applications, residents can get assistance more quickly.