BEAUFORT, SC (WSAV) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced earlier Monday, October 18 that residents in Beaufort and Jasper County that sustained Matthew-related losses have been approved for Individual Assitance.
Applicants can register online at DisasterAssitance.gov or by calling (800)621-3362. Disaster assistance applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing should call 800-462-7585 (TTY); those who use Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate 7 AM to 10 PM seven days a week until further notice.
FEMA also approved Individual Assistance for 13 other counties including Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Lee, Sumter and Williamsburg.
Assistance can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary homes, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs, according to release from S.C. Emergency Managment Department.
Six counties were also approved for categories A and B of Public Assistance to help them recover from the storm: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Hampton, Lee and Sumter. This assistance from FEMA enables state agencies, local governments, and certain private non-profits to recoup costs for storm response and debris removal.
The FEMA Public Assistance program categories are as follows:
Category A: Debris Removal.
Category B: Emergency Protective Measures.
Category C: Roads and Bridges.
Category D: Water Control Facilities.
Category E: Buildings and Equipment.
Category F: Utilities.
Category G: Parks, Recreational Facilities, and Other Items.