Disaster Recovery: Finding Assistance & Resources
FEMA Individual Assistance
If you live in Dillon, Horry, Marion Marlboro, Chesterfield, or Georgetown county and your home was damaged as a result of Hurricane Florence, you are eligible to apply for FEMA Individual Assistance. Survivors who sustained losses in the designated counties can apply for federal assistance by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362.
Assistance can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary homes, low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help survivors recover from the effects of the disaster.
Please note that additional counties may be added to this designation as damage assessments continue.
South Carolinians can call (843) 212-0552 to request free help with debris cleanup and removal from local relief agencies. If you're an agency equipped to respond to requests for muck and gut of homes, you can register your agency at CrisisCleanup.org.
The Crisis Cleanup hotline will be active until November 2.
SCEMD.org has the latest information for resources like emergency food distribution sites and disaster unemployment assistance.
SBP USA has several resource guides available to help survivors navigate the recovery process:
Home Damage & Elevation
If your home suffered extensive damage from a disaster event, the cost to repair the structure may trigger your local municipality’s requirement to upgrade to current codes and standards.
If you need legal assistance, refer to SC Legal Services.
What You Can Do to Help Communities Affected by Hurricane Florence
If you're interested in volunteering but don't have an organization that you usually work with, you can go to VolunteerSC.org to sign-up for volunteer opportunities hosted by reputable agencies active during disaster recovery. Additional opportunities will arise once flood waters recede and damage assessments take place in affected areas.
Agencies who can host volunteers for recovery-related activities are also encouraged to register and share their volunteer needs.
United Way Association of South Carolina has established a Hurricane Florence Long-Term Recovery Fund for communities affected by the storm and flood waters. This fund will help local United Ways in South Carolina meet the storm-related needs and support mid- and long-term recovery efforts throughout the affected regions of our state. With your support, we can help rebuild communities. 100% of individual donations given to the United Ways of South Carolina Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund will be distributed to local United Ways in the affected areas.
Text “FLORENCE” to 501501 to donate $10, or click the Donate button above.
Local Recovery Efforts
If you're in Horry County or would like to assist with the recovery efforts in Horry County, please go to www.disasterhelp.me.
If you're in Chesterfield County or would like to assist with the recovery efforts in Chesterfield County, you donate on their website or by mailing your contribution to UWCC, PO Box 333, Chesterfield, SC 29709. If you'd like to volunteer, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request more information.
For information on how to assist with recovery efforts in North Carolina, please go to United Way of North Carolina's website.
We will continue to update this page with resources and information from local United Ways in South Carolina communities affected by flooding.
Stay informed. We recommend that all residents download the SC Emergency Manager mobile app and visit SCEMD.org for the most accurate and up-to-date information, tools, and resources related to Hurricane Florence. SC Emergency Manager app can help you find your evacuation zone and plan your departure and return.
Follow the forecast. For the most current forecasts related to Hurricane Florence, visit and follow the National Hurricane Center.
Be prepared. Check out SCEMD's 2018 Hurricane Guide for information on how to prepare your household for the storm. A Spanish version is also available. If you will need early access to your agency after the evacuation, you may want to fill out a Post Disaster Re-entry form.
To watch Governor McMaster's daily press briefings, go to SCETV.org.