OCTOBER 1, 2018
Hurricane Florence made landfall in NC on September 14th but we felt the effects from September 13 - 16 with impacts of wind and rain. The North Myrtle Beach community was spared any major damage but other areas we love were severely impacted. These areas continue to have record breaking flooding and many will lose their homes and businesses.
- Courtesey of the North Myrtle Beach Chamber
Hurricane Florence Damage Assessment Underway - As rising waters continue to impact our region, County officials are assessing the damage to both residential and commercial structures to determine the impact of Hurricane Florence in our area. This evaluation plays a critical role in acquiring the federal financial assistance to assist the region's disaster recovery efforts. Reaching all of the impacted areas, however, becomes more difficult as flooding continues. To ensure planning efforts are based on a comprehensive data regarding storm and flood impacts, Horry County officials are requesting that citizens report their property damage information from Hurricane Florence and the current flood event. A new Property Damage Self-Reporting Tool, located at horrycounty.org, allows owners and renters to inform the County of the location, owner, extent of damage, and status of the affected property. The data and photos reported through this website will help the county to assess the comprehensive impact of Hurricane Florence, and to determine the best long-term recovery strategies for affected communities. Homeowners who have experienced property damage are encouraged to contact FEMA directly to determine if they are eligible for financial assistance. Please visit disasterassistance.gov to apply for funding. Alternatively, citizens may call the registration phone number at 1 (800) 621-3362. Individuals with a speech disability or hearing loss may use TTY by calling 1 (800) 462-7585. Individuals utilizing 711 or video relay service (VRS) may call 1 (800) 621-3362. The road to recovery is just beginning. The input of our property owners is critical to ensure that recovery plans are based on a comprehensive picture of the storm impacts.
If you are able to donate or volunteer to support Horry County please contact the Waccamaw VOAD, (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters) by visiting www.disasterhelp.me or call 843-918-5908.
VISIT THE S.C. EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION WEBSITE FOR ALL MANNER OF HURRICANE FLORENCE RELATED ASSISTANCE
If you have been or are being impacted by Hurricane Florence and its aftermath, please visit the S.C. Emergency Management Division's website at https://scemd.org for access to all manner of assistance, such as:
--EMERGENCY FOOD LOCATIONS
Mobile Kitchen Units and Local Food Banks
--DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR FOUR COUNTIES AFFECTED BY HURRICANE FLORENCE
(File with your insurance company before registering for disaster assistance with FEMA.)
--REGISTER FOR FEMA AID
The non-profit group Crisis Cleanup can assist residents with cleaning up their properties following Hurricane Florence and the ensuing floods.
Contact info for FEMA Hotline for disaster-related assistance.
Contact info for SCDOT for traffic information and road conditions.
--TO VOLUNTEER OR DONATE
--TO DOWNLOAD THE S.C. EMERGENCY MANAGER APP
For future use - Download the app to find your zone and make your hurricane plan
View a listing of open shelters