Orangeburg is one of several South Carolina counties eligible for federal disaster aid related to damage from the weekend flooding throughout the state.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced federal disaster aid has been made available to South Carolina to supplement state, local and tribal recovery efforts in the area affected by flooding.
The action makes federal funding available to affected residents and business owners in Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland and Williamsburg counties.
Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
Federal funding also is available to state and eligible local and tribal governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work as a result of the flooding in Berkeley, Charleston, Clarendon, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter and Williamsburg counties.
Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
W. Michael Moore, federal coordinating officer for recovery operations in the affected area, said damage surveys are continuing in other areas and additional counties may be designated for assistance after the assessments are fully completed.
Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or by web-enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov. Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
Application procedures for state, local and tribal governments will be explained at a series of federal/state applicant briefings with locations to be announced in the affected area by recovery officials. Approved public repair projects are paid through the state from funding provided by FEMA and other participating federal agencies.