The South Carolina Emergency Response Team remains fully dedicated to ongoing relief and recovery efforts as a result of the October severe storms and subsequent flash flooding. Some updates to note:
- The state Emergency Operations Center is activated at Operating Condition 3. State agencies are transitioning into disaster recovery roles jointly with FEMA.
- The S.C. Department of Transportation reports as many 178 state maintained roads and 73 bridges remain closed.
- The S.C. National Guard has 1,880 personnel mobilized, including soldiers from North Carolina.
- Emergency management teams Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Mississippi and Tennessee are deployed in South Carolina supporting relief efforts.
- The Salvation Army and Red Cross report a combined total 69,295 meals served to disaster survivors.
- Four shelters are open, serving 156 occupants.
- SCEMD’s Public Information Phone System will be deactivated at 4:30 this afternoon. Throughout this emergency, the PIPS call center answered more than 12,000 calls from people seeking information related to flooding.
Twenty counties received a Federal Disaster Declaration. Severe flood survivors are now eligible for federal disaster aid in Bamberg, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Greenwood, Horry, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter and Williamsburg counties.
Local, state and federal disaster recovery officials continue to urge anyone who was affected by severe flooding to register for disaster assistance from FEMA by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or to go online at disasterassistance.gov.
State of South Carolina agencies are currently offering several assistance measures for people who were directly affected by the disaster:
The S.C. Dept. of Health and Environmental Control is offering free tetanus vaccination clinics for flood survivors. New clinic locations are being announced throughout the state via an updated list on www.scdhec.gov.
The S.C. Dept. of Insurance Director Ray Farmer issued an emergency order and regulation prohibiting insurance companies from canceling policies until Nov. 1. The emergency regulation prohibits insurers from canceling or not renewing policies solely because of claims resulting from this disaster. More information is available at doi.sc.gov.
The S.C. Dept. of Employment and Workforce is offering disaster unemployment assistance for people unemployed because of the severe flooding incident. Call 888-834-5890 if you have questions regarding eligibility.
South Carolina taxpayers affected by severe flooding may qualify for tax relief from the S.C. Dept. of Revenue. The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that began Oct. 1. As a result, individuals and businesses will have until Feb. 16, 2016 to file these returns and pay taxes.
The S.C. Dept. of Commerce set up a disaster recovery information webpage for businesses. Visit: http://sccommerce.com/south-carolina-flood-resources.
People who wish to volunteer or donate to the severe flooding relief effort can visit scemd.org for a complete list of ways to give, or call 1-888-585-9643 to speak with a state donations manager.