Barnwell, Berkeley counties now eligible to apply for FEMA aid

April 2020 Tornadoes


For Immediate Release

Contact: State Joint Information Center

Phone: 803-737-8515  |  Social: @SCEMD

Barnwell, Berkeley counties now eligible to apply for FEMA aid

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Tuesday, May 12, 2020) –At the request of Governor Henry McMaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has amended its disaster declaration for the April 13 severe storm to make residents in Barnwell and Berkeley counties eligible to apply for the Individual Assistance program.

Aiken, Colleton, Hampton, Marlboro, Oconee, Orangeburg and Pickens counties were previously declared.

FEMA Disaster Assistance can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary homes, low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help survivors recover from the effects of the disaster.

Residents can register for FEMA assistance in one of three ways:

·        Online by logging onto

·        Online by downloading the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download the app, visit: 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.

SCEMD, FEMA and county emergency managers continue to assist residents in areas hardest hit by the April 13 severe storm. Residents can visit or call 2-1-1 to be connected to locally sourced, volunteer help if they have unmet needs not covered by insurance, FEMA assistance or other relief programs.


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Eat Smart Move More Offers COVID-19 Rapid Response Mini-Grant for Local Emergency Food Providers and Distribution Hubs

Eat Smart Move More South Carolina’s (ESMMSC) mission is to make the healthy choice the easy choice for all South Carolinians. ESMMSC has been working to create more access to healthy foods at the state and local level for several years. With established local, trustworthy relationships, ESMMSC wants to help people struggling to find healthy options to feed their families.

In recent weeks due to COVID-19, ESMMSC has identified gaps in food distribution services that include staffing, equipment, transportation, physical distribution, public-private partnerships, and planning.

Through funds received from the OneSC Fund, ESMMSC is implementing a rapid response mini-grant opportunity up to $3,000 each to be used to meet the immediate needs of communities that are not being reached by the four primary food banks. These mini-grants are being offered as a result of COVID-19 pandemic to local emergency food providers and distribution hubs that may include but are not limited to local non-profits, daycare centers, schools, places of faith, neighborhood associations, and community centers.

The goal of these funds is to meet the immediate needs of people with limited resources due to loss of employment and/or sources of healthy food not being available due to the pandemic.

Mini-grants will be awarded on Fridays of each week beginning May 8. Final reports from mini-grant recipients are due within 4 weeks of funds being received.

Application Deadline: Tuesdays at Noon

3 Ways to Apply

  1. Submit an Application Online
    To download and complete an application, you must first register at
  2. If you have already registered and wish to continue a saved application, you must login. If you are already registered and wish to continue a saved application, you must login.
  3. By telephone
    Call 803-667-9810 to schedule an appointment.
  4. By Email
    Email the completed application to

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