FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers open in Charleston Co.

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers open in Charleston Co.

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - FEMA officials are in Charleston County helping flooding victims while they begin their recovery process.

"We had over 52,000 registrants across the state," said William Lindsey, the Media Relations Specialist with FEMA.

Of that number over 4,000 in Charleston County have applied with FEMA to date.

Registration sites are set up at the Bees Landing Recreation Center in West Ashley, in the Grand Oaks neighborhood, as well as at the North Charleston Public Works complex.

It gives homeowners another option as to how to sign up for assistance.

"People like to have face to face communication, and a hand shake," Lindsey said. "They want assurance. That's why we put these disaster recovery centers in."

Other ways to sign up include via phone (1-800-621-3362) or online (DisasterAssistance.gov).

If you plan on signing up in person, there are a number of things to bring.

To name a few, your social security number, insurance information, home address, and a description of what kind of damage you have.

After signing up, you will receive a package in the mail, one that needs to be filled out in its entirety.

"By doing that whole package you are availed with all the possible resources," Lindsey said. "We want everyone to know what their total resource package could be."

The package includes a section from the U.S. Small Business Administration, which deals with disaster loans.

FEMA is in charge of handing out grants.

Lindsey said it's extremely important to fill out all the information because if you don't the registration process will be put on hold.

Another important factor is security.

Make sure when officials come to your home, they're wearing a FEMA jacket and have FEMA credentials.

"We also ask that you make sure that they show you their name," Lindsey said. "Ask for their name, write it down. If anyone comes to your home and asks from some kind of monetary compensation, that a no, no."

The two disaster relief centers are open in Charleston County seven days a week.

They're located in West Ashley at the Bees Landing Recreation Center (1580 Ashley Garden Blvd) and in North Charleston at Public Works Complex off Remount Road (5800 Casper Padgett Way).

They will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. for the foreseeable future.

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