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COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) - Those affected by the October flooding across South Carolina have an extra month to apply for federal aid; Governor Nikki Haley's request for a 30-day extension for registration for individual assistance from FEMA was granted.

South Carolinians affected by the flooding now have until January 3, 2016 to apply for disaster assistance with FEMA and the Small Business Administration, according to a news release from the Governor's office. The original deadline was this Friday, December 4.

Assistance includes money for temporary rental, essential home repairs, low-interest loans from the SBA to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help recovery from the effects of the disaster. 

Residents in the following counties can apply for federal aid: Bamberg, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dorchester, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Greenville, Greenwood, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Spartanburg, Sumter and Williamsburg counties.

The following is an excerpt from a Nov. 25 news release from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division in Columbia with details on how to apply for FEMA aid: 

There are several ways to register for federal assistance. Individuals can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling toll-free 800-621-3362 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Multilingual operators are available.
Survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. Survivors who use 711 or Video Relay Service or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362.

The SBA deadline for homeowners, renters and businesses to submit loan applications for physical damage is also Dec. 4. Survivors may obtain information by visiting the SBA website www.sba.gov/disaster; applying online via SBA's secure website https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela; or calling SBA's disaster assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955.

FEMA's Individual and Households Program is available to U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, and qualified immigrants who have disaster-related damage.
For more information on South Carolina's disaster recovery, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4241 and scemd.org.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).

FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

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