The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved 15 more South Carolina counties, including Beaufort and Jasper, for its Individual Assistance Program in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Gov. Nikki Haley’s office announced Monday night.
That means residents in those counties are eligible for money for temporary rental assistance and "essential" home repairs for primary homes, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help "survivors recover from the effects of the disaster," according to a release.
Besides Beaufort and Jasper counties, other counties receiving the latest approval to participate in the program include Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Lee, Sumter and Williamsburg, the release said.
Orangeburg and Marion counties previously were approved.
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Eligible residents can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. Disaster-assistance applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing should call 800-462-7585 (TTY); those who use Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362.
The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.