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Federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of South Carolina to supplement State, local, and Tribal recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding on October 1, 2015, and continuing. Federal funding is available to affected individuals in Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, and Williamsburg Counties.
Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) or by web-enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov. Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) should call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) 7 days a week until further notice.
Note: News Releases regarding the FEMA response to this disaster are accessible through the Information for the Media page on this Web Portal.
Overview of Project in State
As summarized on the Project Info page, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is working with State agencies, regional entities, and communities to update coastal flood hazard information and produce new digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) in the Southeastern States. In South Carolina, the new coastal engineering analyses performed as part of the coastal flood risk study effort may affect the following counties:
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Project Team Information
The project team for the coastal flood risk study effort in South Carolina includes skilled professionals from the following organizations:
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Community Contact Information
As with other similar projects undertaken by FEMA and partners in support of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the primary community contacts are the Chief Executive Officer, or CEO, and the Floodplain Administrator, or FPA.
The CEO is an elected official of a community (e.g., Mayor, City Manager, County Council Chair or Chairman) who has the authority to implement and administer laws, ordinances, and regulations for that community.
The FPA is the community official who is responsible for implementing and enforcing floodplain management measures and for monitoring floodplain development. Floodplain management is the operation of a program of corrective and preventative measures for reducing flood damage, including, but not limited to, emergency preparedness plans, flood-control works, and floodplain management regulations.
Project Team members have compiled contact information for the community CEOs and FPAs in the affected counties in a table accessible through the link below along with the addresses of the Community Map Repositories, the effective dates of the current effective FIRMs, and statistical information on flood insurance policies. Additional information on the CEOs, FPAs, and other community officials generally is available on the individual community websites; links to the community websites, where available, also are included in the table accessible through the link below.
Community Information for South Carolina Coastal Counties (PDF)
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Coastal Study Contact Information
Please visit the Coastal Study Contacts page for information on who to contact at FEMA and SC DNR regarding the coastal flood risk study effort. The "Community Information" table mentioned above also is accessible through the Coastal Study Contacts page. For additional information, please visit the FEMA website or the SC DNR Flood Mitigation Program website.
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Status and Location of Revised Flood Hazard Maps
To determine the status of the new digital FIRMs and accompanying Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports for the affected counties and communities, or to view the Preliminary versions of the FIRMs and FIS reports, interested parties can:
- Visit the SC DNR Flood Mitigation Program Website to view a county-by-county FIRM status update prepared in PDF form. SC DNR also makes a calendar of events (including mapping-related community meetings) available through their website.
- Visit the "Flood Maps" page on the SC DNR Flood Mitigation Program website for information on how to view the digital versions of the FIRMs and FIS reports.
- Check with the county and community FPAs to determine whether a county or community is posting the FIRM and FIS report on its own website.
- Visit the Community Map Repository, or CMR, in the community of interest to view paper copies of the FIRMs and FIS reports.
- The CMR is the local office in a participating community where the FIRM, FIS report, and related products (e.g., Letters of Map Change) are kept for local use and viewing by citizens.
- The CMR addresses are provided in the Community Information for South Carolina Coastal Counties table and on the Preliminary and current, effective versions of the FIRM Indexes.
- The Preliminary and current, effective versions of the FIRM Indexes may be viewed or downloaded through the FEMA Flood Map Service Center website.
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FEMA has designed stakeholder pages to identify resources that should be useful to certain interested parties. Links to the stakeholder pages appear on the left-hand side of each page of this Web Portal.
Through the Coastal Study Resources pages, visitors can access an array of useful publications and resources ((e.g., fact sheets, information sheets, flyers, brochures) developed by FEMA, State agencies, other Federal agencies, and professional associations and other stakeholder organizations. FEMA will update this inventory of resources that appears on these pages regularly, so please check back often for the latest materials.
Many of the FEMA resources also are available from the FEMA Resource and Document Library. The FEMA Resource and Document Library is a searchable, web-based collection of publicly accessible FEMA information resources, including but not limited to the following: CDs, DVDs, publications, brochures, guidance and policy papers, program regulations and guidelines, forms, disability resources, audio and video files, posters, and slide presentations. Users can locate, download, save, or print items from this library.
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