Disaster recovery centers open in Charleston County to help flood victims

CHARLESTON, SC – Two disaster recovery centers are now open in Charleston County to help South Carolina flood survivors. The centers’ hours are 8 AM to 7 PM seven days a week.

Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration, and other agencies will be at the centers to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors apply for aid.

The disaster recovery centers are located at the following addresses:

North Charleston Public Works
5800 Casper Padgett Way
North Charleston, SC 29406

Bees Landing Recreation Center
1580 Ashley Gardens Blvd.
Charleston, SC

*Please note: Identification of additional Disaster Recovery Centers are still a work in progress.

If possible, before going to a disaster recovery center, people with flooding losses should register with FEMA.  They can go online to DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and lines are open 7 AM to 10 PM, seven days a week until further notice.

Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585. If survivors use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center, call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.

Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences not covered by insurance.

Low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration are also available to help with homeowner, renter, and business uninsured losses. Survivors and businesses should first register with FEMA and may obtain information on SBA disaster loan applications by calling 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people who are deaf or hard of hearing) or online at www.SBA.gov. They may also apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

FEMA wants to ensure that every disaster survivor has equal access to disaster information and assistance – including people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, older adults, and people with limited English proficiency. Anyone who needs an accommodation or assistance due to a disability should notify FEMA staff at the time of registration or anytime throughout the assistance process.

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