FEMA update on Individual Assistance for Beaufort County Residents

Individual Assistance Update (as of COB Dec. 14)

  • Total FEMA registrations: 47,034
  • Total Individuals and Households Program grants approved: more than

$35 million

  • Housing Assistance: more than $28.8 million
  • Other Needs Assistance: more than $6.2 million
  • SBA disaster loans approved: 1,161 (1,082 home, 59 business and 20 Economic Injury)
  • SBA dollars approved: more than $38.4 million
  • Total DRC visits: 8,598
  • NFIP claims: 6,676
  • NFIP payments: more than $51.8 million
  • Public Assistance (PA) federal share obligated more than $13.1 million


  • FEMA Awards $1 Million Grant to the State. The FEMA-funded Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) allows the South Carolina Department of Mental Health to hire and train people locally to provide free, short-term crisis counseling to survivors who may be having trouble adjusting to the effects of Hurricane Matthew. You can call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990. The line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • The Hilton Head Disaster Recovery Center will close permanently a 5 p.m., Tues. Dec. 20.
  • Hurricane Matthew survivors can appeal for more assistance if they disagree with FEMA’s decisions regarding their applications. Applicants will receive a determination letter from FEMA citing the reasons for its decision.
  • The determination letter explains how to prepare the appeal letter.
    • A written appeal must be submitted, explaining why the survivor disagrees with the decision and provide supporting evidence.
  • FEMA mitigation advisors will be at The Home Depot and Lowe’s home improvement stores to provide advice on making homes stronger and safer from Dec. 16 through Dec. 20. Cities and stores include the Lowe’s in Bluffton and Myrtle Beach and The Home Depot in North Myrtle Beach.