Trampoline storm

A resident's trampoline in Georgetown County gets stuck in trees as aftermath of the severe storm on April 13.

COLUMBIA—Residents who suffered damage from April's severe storm may now be eligible for assistance from the government.

Pres. Donald Trump, at the request of Gov. Henry McMaster, declared a disaster relief in seven counties for the severe storms on April 12-13.

Residents from the following counties who suffered storm damage may now register for disaster relief through FEMA:

  • Aiken
  • Collecton
  • Hampton
  • Marlboro
  • Oconee
  • Orangeburg
  • Pickens

Additionally, President Trump also approved federal aid to supplement state and local agency efforts in the following eight counties:

  • Barnwell
  • Colleton
  • Georgetown
  • Hampton
  • Oconee
  • Orangeburg
  • Pickens

"Under the FEMA Public Assistance Program, affected local governments along with certain non-profits can apply for federal dollars to pay 75 percent of approved costs for certain things. Examples include emergency measures, debris removal and road repair related to the storm," the governor's office said.

In a news release, officials from South Carolina Emergency Management Division said that FEMA Individual Assistance can help people with eligible storm-related costs not covered by insurance. Insurance benefits must be exhausted before getting federal help, SCEMD said.

The division of the remaining 25 percent is determined later on. More information about this program can be found by clicking here.

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.

State officials will announce several dates and locations where they will explain how to request assistance for those in affected areas.