MONCKS CORNER, S.C.– (Wednesday, May 20, 2020) – Berkeley County Government and South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) have partnered to host a day to help citizens apply for federal aid from the severe storms in April. Berkeley County was added to the presidential disaster declaration on May 12, after a portion of the County saw severe damage from tornadoes on April 13. The day of assistance will be held Saturday, May 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Assembly Room of the Berkeley County Administration Building, located at 1003 Highway 52 in Moncks Corner. Citizens can drop-in for this event and do NOT need to register.
FEMA representatives are typically sent to storm-impacted areas that have received disaster declarations; however, due to COVID-19, FEMA has pushed more tools online and will not be sending a team to assist with individual assistance claims. Berkeley County and SCEMD will host this day of assistance to help those in need. Laptops and phones will be set-up to assist citizens. There will also be people on-hand to assist as needed with applications.
FEMA Disaster Assistance can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary homes, low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help survivors recover from the effects of the disaster.
Residents can register for FEMA assistance in one of three ways:
- Online by logging onto DisasterAssistance.gov
- Online by downloading the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download the app, visit: fema.gov/mobile-app or your phone’s app store.
- Call 800-621-3362. Residents who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. Language translators also are available. Toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The registration deadline for individual assistance is June 30.
Berkeley County and SCEMD continue to assist residents in areas hardest hit by the April 13 severe storm. Residents can visit scemd.org or call 2-1-1 to be connected to locally sourced, volunteer help if they have unmet needs not covered by insurance, FEMA assistance or other relief programs.
– Prepared by the Berkeley County Public Information Office –