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Federal Aid Programs for the State of South Carolina Emergency Declaration

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama's emergency disaster declaration issued for the State of South Carolina.

Assistance for the State, Tribal, and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

President Obama Signs Emergency Declaration for South Carolina

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the State of South Carolina to supplement state, local, and tribal response efforts in the areas affected by severe storms and flooding beginning on October 1, 2015, and continuing.

FEMA Assistance Will Not Change Social Security, Medicare Benefits

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster assistance grants do not count as income. Survivors who receive federal disaster assistance as a result of the wildfires will not pay additional income taxes or see any reduction in their Social Security checks or any other federal benefits.

Grants for temporary housing, essential home repairs, replacement of personal property or other disaster-related needs do not count as income. Donations from charitable organizations will not affect Social Security payments or Medicare benefits.

Kentucky Storm and Flood Survivors Urged to Beware of Frauds and Scams

FRANKFORT, Ky – Kentuckians recovering and rebuilding from recent storms and flooding are urged to watch for and report any suspicious activity or potential fraud.

Making Repairs and Rebuilding Wisely Following July’s Storm Damage in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. – As important as it is to make home repairs as soon as possible following a natural disaster, it is also important to take some time to plan the project, consult with local officials and choose a contractor wisely.

Before You Start:

  • Contact the local permitting office. Follow all local and state requirements.  
  • Check with your local building official to make sure your work is safe and meets all local and state codes and requirements.

How to Help Reduce Future Damage:

Two Kentucky Disaster Recovery Centers Will Transition To Disaster Loan Outreach Centers

FRANKFORT, Ky.  – Disaster recovery centers in Carter and Johnson counties will transition to disaster loan outreach centers at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23. Representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration will be available to help with disaster loans and Federal Emergency Management Agency Individual Assistance specialists will also be on site. The FEMA specialists can help with registration, answer questions about applications and explain correspondence from the agency.

Kentucky’s Leslie County Designated for Federal Assistance After July Storms

FRANKFORT, Ky.  – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has amended a recent disaster declaration for severe storms in July in order to make survivors in Leslie County eligible for its Individual Assistance program.



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