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FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers remain open over the weekend

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CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Representatives with FEMA remain in Horry County to help people who were affected by the floods and continue to suffer flooding. The Disaster Recovery Centers continue to stay open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. through 7 p.m. and will be staffed to help Horry County citizens, according to .Horry County officials.

The two DRC's FEMA is operating in Horry County are at the North Strand Recreation Center in Little River, and the South Strand Recreation Center in Myrtle Beach. 

The DRC's can help if you need answers to questions, referrals to agencies that may be unable 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 services.

FEMA has added an Intake Registration Location at the Conway Recreation Center located at 1515 Millpond Road in Conway.  This Intake Registration Location will be open on Saturday, October 17, through Monday, October 19, from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.  Citizens may register for FEMA assistance and may check the status of a current application at this location.  These are the ONLY services available at this location. 

FEMA urges people who haven't registered for assistance to call 800-621-3362 and FEMA field inspectors will go to those properties to do a damage assessment within 2-10 days. You do not have to wait for an inspector to begin clean-up. 

Important: FEMA field inspectors carry credentials (IDs) so they can be identified. If you want to be sure a FEMA representative is authentic, call Horry County Emergency Management for verification at 843-915-5150.

There may be disaster survivors affected by the flooding that applied and got a letter from FEMA saying they are ineligible for disaster assistance. If that happens, do not panic. It could be that FEMA needs more information. 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 US 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. 

Flood 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. 

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