There are a number of updates to share with you regarding the recent flooding. Please excuse the length of this post. However, there are many important pieces of information to share.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is hosting two Long-Term Recovery training events on November 14th- Time TBD. The two locations for the Introduction to LTR are:

St. Luke Presbyterian Church
324 Mingo Street, NE
Orangeburg, SC 29115

First Presbyterian Church
9 West Calhoun Street
Sumter, SC 29150

State Disaster Unemployment Information:

Disaster Unemployment Assistance application deadlines are approaching for several counties. DUA may be available to survivors who lost their jobs or businesses as a result of the recent floods. Survivors in any of the federally designated counties are eligible to apply. Apply by visiting or by calling 866-831-1724.

The deadline for survivors to file a claim is:

Nov. 12 for Newberry
Nov. 19 for Fairfield and Marion
Nov. 26 for Greenville and Spartanburg
Dec. 4 for Midlands and Low Country

For more information, please visit the Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) and the State DUA fact sheet.

SCEMD & FEMA Encourage South Carolina Flood Survivors to Keep Information Updated

Survivors of South Carolina’s recent floods who registered for disaster assistance are urged to keep their personal information updated with the Federal Emergency Management Agency throughout the recovery process.

Applicants should share any change of address, telephone and bank account numbers and insurance information with FEMA to avoid disaster assistance processing delays.

Keeping in touch with FEMA allows applicants to learn where they are in the application process, initiate appeals and reschedule home inspections. They can also notify FEMA about insurance settlements and ask any disaster-related questions.

To update information or apply for assistance, call FEMA’s toll-free helpline at 800-621-3362. Survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities should call 800-462-7585 (TTY); those who use 711/VRS can call 800-621-3362.

Operators are on duty from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time seven days a week until further notice. Survivors can also visit or a disaster recovery center. Please visit the Disaster Recovery Center Locator (DRC) to find closest available.

Applying for Assistance – SBA:

South Carolina storm and flood survivors are reminded to complete loan applications from the U.S. Small Business Administration even if they do not plan to accept a loan.

Survivors who receive notice to apply to the SBA are encouraged to complete the application as it may make them eligible for other assistance. Survivors should apply to SBA before insurance is settled.

Completing an SBA application can help homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes with repair or rebuilding costs or disaster-related damage costs that exceed initial estimates. SBA disaster loans are also available to help private nonprofit organizations with their recovery. The application is not required for survivors seeking temporary rental assistance.

Help is available to complete the SBA application. Disaster survivors can call the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or TTY at 800-877-8339, visit with an SBA representative at any State/FEMA/SBA recovery center or apply online using the below links:

Home & Personal Property Disaster Loans
Business Physical Disaster Loans
Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Also, see below SBA Business Recovery Center Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays

Charleston County
Trident United Way Bldg.
6296 Rivers Avenue – Suite 304
North Charleston, SC 29406

Horry County
Conway Chamber of Commerce
203 Main Street
Conway, SC 29526

Richland County
Columbia Chamber of Commerce
930 Richland Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Sumter County
Sumter County Civic Center
700 W. Liberty Street
Sumter, SC 29150

Volunteer Data Collection

United Way of the Midlands is asking for the community’s help in collecting volunteer-service data on behalf of Richland and Lexington Counties and City of Columbia to help secure a federal match to offset the cost of relief and recovery efforts.

Once federally declared a disaster area, state and local governments are able to request certain types of federal funds to help with relief and recovery costs. To demonstrate resources used, volunteer hours may be submitted for consideration. Volunteer data requested include hours served and type of project completed.

Organizations and individuals who have contributed time without compensation to disaster relief efforts in any capacity are encouraged to report their service to United Way. United Way will not use this information to solicit donations or volunteers. United Way is performing this service at no cost. Once collected, the data will be reported to the appropriate local and federal governments.

There are three easy ways to share data on volunteer experiences:

Fill out our quick online form.

If you volunteered several days or plan to volunteer long-term, download our form and submit to Cole Seal at

If you represent an organization that deployed volunteers, email your volunteer information to Cole Seal at

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