HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) – FEMA Disaster Recovery Teams spent Thursday going to door-to-door in the Rosewood Community of Socastee to help people register for federal aid.
Teams are working to help clear up any questions or concerns for people who need to apply or have applied for aid. One problem FEMA had today was accessing homes that were still flooded in.
“Well the inspector can’t come in to access the property until the water goes down because they won’t be able to get an accurate assessment. So in a situation like this, unfortunately we have to wait for the water to recede and then they can reschedule their appointment with an inspector once the water goes down,” FEMA Media Specialist Cheria Brown.
Once people apply for aid, it usually takes an inspector 2-10 days to come out for an assessment. FEMA officials say you don’t have to wait for an inspector to begin clean-up though.
“You can take pictures of the damage and keep receipts if you have to go out and buy supplies for cleaning. Just take pictures and keep a record of everything you have to spend money on,” Brown added.
FEMA says the most important thing people need to do is apply. You’re eligible to do so if your home has any damage, even if it’s still livable.
“If you suffered any damage to your home whether its minor or major. Let FEMA make that determination on your eligibility still if you’re able to live in the home and it’s safe that’s ok but if you did receive any damage by all means register with FEMA to apply for assistance,” Brown said.
FEMA opened a Mobile Disaster Recovery Center in Georgetown Wednesday afternoon to serve those affected by recent flooding. It will open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily after that until further notice. Efforts are being made to move the center into a more permanent location nearby.
FEMA has also opened two Disaster Recovery Centers in Horry County located at the North Strand Recreation Center, 120 Highway 57 South, Little River and the South Strand Recreation Center, 9650 Scipio Lane, Myrtle Beach.
FEMA is urging people who have not already registered for assistance to call 800-621-3362 and FEMA field inspectors may be sent to those properties to do a damage assessment. FEMA field inspectors will carry proper credentials (IDs) so they can be easily identified. Any questions relating to the authenticity of a FEMA representative, can call Horry County Emergency Management for verification at (843) 915-5150.
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.