Last month, South Carolina experienced historic flooding that disrupted lives for several weeks and interrupted the basic fabric of life across the state. Homes, businesses, and loved ones were lost leaving a record number of people desperate for access to flood relief information and services.
On October 22, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which coordinates disaster relief, published this flood relief tip sheet for South Carolinians affected by flooding to get legal, financial, and mental health assistance.
Here’s a summary:
Flood survivors who lost jobs or businesses in federally-designated disaster areas are eligible to apply for unemployment assistance. Deadlines vary by county, but all occur during November; click through above for a full breakdown. Apply by using mybenefits.dew.sc.gov or call (866) 831-1724.
Call (888) 834-5890 for general information on flood-related unemployment assistance.
Free Legal Assistance
If you have flood-related legal issues but cannot afford a lawyer, call (877) 797-2227 ext. 120 or (803) 576-3815 between 9 am-5 pm Monday through Friday.
The service is provided through a partnership between the American Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar, and other state legal associations.
Free Crisis Counseling
Mental health professionals are available to help you cope at crisis centers across South Carolina. Call (800) 621-3362 or go to fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers.
Disaster Recovery Assistance
Flood survivors who sustained losses in federally-designated disaster areas are eligible to apply for assistance. Click here for a list of counties; call (800) 621-3362 or go to DisasterAssistance.gov to apply.
Again, this is only a summary; click through to FEMA’s website for full information on flood recovery in South Carolina.
The recent floods are one of the worst disasters South Carolina has faced in decades. Catastrophe Services looks forward to working with you, our insurance partners, and federal, state, and local agencies to help you get your life back on track.