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FEMA goes door-to-door for assistance sign ups

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - FEMA is making sure anyone who needs assistance applies for it after flood waters swept through.

Members of the FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Team have been going to affected neighborhoods to clear up any questions and get people registered for assistance.

"Some people may not have electricity still or some people may not have access to an internet," said Cheria Brown, media specialist for FEMA.

FEMA representatives went door-to-door in the Rosewood Drive community Thursday. They're making their way around the county, but they're not able to get to homes that aren't accessible by foot.

FEMA is also available at the two disaster recovery centers in Horry County. They will be set up at the North and South Strand Recreation Centers from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice.

Once people have applied, they can expect an inspector to come by the property within 10 days, Brown said.

People then might receive a letter of denial, but Brown said that shouldn't cause them to give up hope.

"Sometimes a determination letter of ineligibility may be something very simple," she said. "It may be a missing phone number. A missing number from your social security number. Just a small item that's keeping your application from being processed."

Brown said FEMA funding can cover damage to homes, rental properties and also small businesses. She said it doesn't cover yards; FEMA's website said it can cover damage to sewage or water systems.

FEMA only covers what insurance won't. People applying for FEMA assistance have to submit a claim with their insurance companies and give FEMA that information.

The applicant must also show the damaged home is the primary residence.

FEMA asks people who receive denial letters to look at the reason on the letter and follow the instructions.  There is an appeal process people can go through.  The appeal has to be filed within 60 days of receiving the letter.

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