Thursday, February 20, 2014
The damage assessment from last week’s ice storm is continuing but, so far, South Carolina does not qualify for FEMA programs that provide assistance to individuals.
A release from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division states preliminary reports indicate that damages from the storm were not widespread or severe enough for the state to receive federal funds and assistance.
A preliminary damage assessment is an information-gathering process and does not guarantee any assistance. Information gathered during the assessment will be provided to SCEMD for review and Governor Nikki Haley will use the information to determine whether to make an official request for additional federal assistance for debris clearing and infrastructure repair only.
SCEMD recommends checking with county emergency management offices to see what charitable aid is available in each county.