South Carolina will tap into millions worth of aid to help cover damages from Hurricane Ian, after President Joe Biden declared portions of the state-federal disaster areas on Nov. 22.
Gov. Henry McMaster’s office made the request earlier this month, estimating the storm’s total economic impact at roughly $25 million.
Residents in Charleston, Georgetown and Horry counties can now apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency grants to help pay for home repairs, low-interest loans for uninsured property losses and business recovery assistance.
Registering for funds can be done in three ways:
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.
Calling (800) 621-3362 or (800) 462-7585 for people who are deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech disability. Language translators are also available.
Meanwhile, FEMA will augment local and state response efforts in Berkeley, Charleston, Clarendon, Georgetown, Horry, Jasper and Williamsburg counties — covering up to 75% of approved costs for emergency measures including debris removal and road repairs.
Ian punched into the South Carolina coast on Sept. 30, making landfall roughly 30 miles outside Georgetown and saddling Horry County with a $6.5 million repair bill that included destruction or damage to 188 homes.
More than half of the state’s overall economic hit from Ian — 58% — comes from damages in George and Horry counties, which combined topped $14.5 million.