Nichols, SC is dealing with continued high water. The SC National Guard just started checking on the welfare of those who stayed behind on Monday because of the high waters.
The Beaufort area sustained heavy wind damage causing many trees to fall and need clearing. Currently, Lutheran Services of the Carolinas, our local Lutheran Disaster Response affiliate, is pointing volunteers to the United Way of the Midlands for organization.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved 17 counties across the state for Individual Assistance for survivors who sustained losses from Hurricane Matthew. According to Governor Nikki Haley, assistance for approved counties 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 to help survivors recover from the disaster.
The approved counties include: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Jasper, Lee, Sumter, Williamsburg, Marion, and Orangeburg. Survivors are encouraged to register with FEMA as soon as possible. If you have phone and/or internet access, you may register online at DisasterAssistance.gov, or by calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week until further notice.
At this time Horry County has not yet received this status as FEMA teams are still in the county assessing damage and a determination is expected later this week.
What can you do?
Pray for all those across our state, our neighboring states, and the people in the Caribbean dealing with this disaster.
Bethel, White Rock is serving as a collection site for the victims of Hurricane Matthew! Items we need are Bottled Water, non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, flood buckets, and baby items. No clothing will be accepted. As more sites come online as collection centers we will let you know.
Flood buckets and cleaning supplies will especially be needed for the eastern part of the state as waters recede. Non-perishable food and water will be needed as many areas are still dealing with power outages as crews work hard to get the service back on. PLEASE DO NOT SEND CLOTHES!
Donate to the South Carolina Synod Disaster Fund online or send a check to the Synod Office with SC Disaster Fund in the Memo line. This money will be used to help fill in the gap until Lutheran Disaster Response begins long-term recovery efforts.
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