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  The Federal Emergency Management Agency is offering Disaster Unemployment Assistance to eligible survivors who lost their jobs or businesses as a result of the recent floods in South Carolina. 

The deadline to file a claim is Wednesday, November 4, for Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, and Williamsburg Counties. The deadline is November 5 for Berkeley, Clarendon, and Sumer Counties; and Friday, November 6 for Calhoun, Darlington, Florence, Kershaw, and Lee Counties.

Saturday, November 7 is the deadline for Bamberg, Colleton, and Greenwood Counties; Thursday, November 12 is the deadline for Newberry County, and Thursday, November 19, for Fairfield and Marion Counties.

To apply for assistance, call Disaster Unemployment Assistance at 866-831-1724, or apply at For more information, call 888-834-5890.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division also has a list of agencies and organizations offering help for flood recovery here.


   The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control will continue to offer free tetanus vaccinations on Monday, Oct. 12, and Tuesday, Oct. 13, to South Carolina residents affected by heavy flooding.

Disaster Help Information

Oct 7, 2015
Raging waters of the Columbia Canal, Tue, Oct 6. Flood waters eventually breached the canal, which is the source of Columbia's drinking water.
Linda O'Bryon/SC Public Radio

  As South Carolinians assess rain and flood damage, and look for help in recovery, you may find these phone numbers and web links useful.

Phone numbers you may need:

South Carolina Prepares for Severe Flooding

Oct 2, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Friday, October 2, 2015, 11:50 a.m.) – At 12:00 p.m., the South Carolina Emergency Management Division increased the state’s operational condition to Level 3. OpCon3 means a disaster or emergency situation is likely in our state and that state agencies have been notified to staff positions at the State Emergency Operations Center in West Columbia. The SEOC is currently operating on a 24-hour schedule for the duration of the incident.