Published Oct. 21, 2015
A disaster recovery center has been opened in Gadsden to assist flood survivors, with representatives from the S.C. Emergency Management Division, FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration on hand to help with aid applications.
The Richland County center, located at the Temple of Faith Bible Way Church at 2850 Congaree Road, will be open every day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice.
It is not required to visit the center to register and receive state-federal disaster a release said, though survivors should register with FEMA before visiting one, a release said. Those looking to register can do so online here or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Phone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day with most languages available. Those who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability should call 800-462-7585.
Those eligible for disaster assistance can receive money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences, as well as help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.
The U.S. SBA is offering low-interest disaster recovery loans for survivors, homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Those interested should register with FEMA first, and for more information on these SBA loans call 800-659-2955 or 800-877-8339 if deaf or hard of hearing. You can also click here, and an application for the recovery loan can be completed here.
Additional recovery centers are open in Richland and various counties. For information on these locations click here or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362.