Tips for making FEMA applications easier

Tips for making FEMA applications easier

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - You may now be one of thousands of people across our state looking to apply for assistance from FEMA.

Six counties in our area are now eligible to get some type of assistance after Hurricane Mathew left devastation along the Grand Strand and also the Pee Dee.

The assistance that FEMA is making available is money to help with temporary rental assistance, home repairs and low cost loans.

In our area the following areas are now available to see help from FEMA: Dillon, Darlington, Florence Georgetown, Marion and Williamsburg.

A Disaster Manager for the Red Cross in our area said he helped folks who applied for FEMA aid last year following October's historic flooding.

"What we want people to do is call FEMA. The biggest lesson learned last year, is that people didn't call FEMA until late. Even if you are not sure if you have damage call FEMA. Let them come out and make the assessment. Most importantly once they give you your FEMA number…hold that FEMA number some place where you always have it," Lou Palm, Disaster Manager for Red Cross said.

Keep in mind that FEMA will have to first approve your application before any funding will be disturbed to individuals.

Palm also said to help the process, make sure you fill out initial forms as completely as possible.

He also suggests getting on the phone with a FEMA representative while you're filling out those forms to get them done correctly.

"It takes about five to ten days to get a response from FEMA. If their request for application is denied they have 30 days from the date of receiving the denial letter to respond and re-apply," Palm said.

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