Representative Mark Sanford sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to expedite Governor Nikki Haley’s request for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual Assistance funds to those impacted by Hurricane Matthew. The letter was signed by all eight of his colleagues in the South Carolina Congressional Delegation.
Individual Assistance funds will compensate homeowners and renters for rebuilding, repairing or replacing damaged housing or other personal property. It will also enable the Internal Revenue Service to grant an automatic extension for quarterly tax filings by households and businesses.
Charleston County is already among the 13 South Carolina counties which have received FEMA disaster relief funding for clearing storm debris.
When the Individual Assistance funding is approved, South Carolina residents impacted by Matthew will be able to submit damage claims at FEMA.gov. Pictures showing the damage and contractor estimates for repairs are recommended when submitting a claim. Representative Sanford and his staff have travelled around the 1st Congressional District assessing the damage and providing assistance to residents.