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Published on Thursday, September 27, 2018

Storm survivors have various resources for assistance

Many people were hit hard by Tropical Storm Florence.
Various civic, church, community, and government entities are providing help to people.
United Nations Church in Charlotte, NC, Dwelling Faith Ministries Church in Bennettsville, Word of Life Youth Department in Bennettsville, members of the Old Marlboro School staff; and other community members are coming together to provide items for those affected in the area by the storm.
Beginning at noon Saturday at the Old Marlboro School, 612 Kings St. in Bennettsville, hot meals will be served along with handing out clothing, non-perishable items, water and toiletries.
Volunteers and any donations will be welcomed.
For more information, call 843-862-6075, 843-862-6070 or 704-724-9107.
Aaron Temple United Methodist Church and Ebenezer United Methodist Church will distribute non-perishable food items, and cleaning supplies to people devastated by the storm at two locations -- Brightsville Recreational Park on Hwy 38 N and Kings Korner located right beside the Shell Gas Station at the light on Hwy 9 in Wallace -- on Sunday, beginning at noon.
All items are free to the public but bring a picture identification card with your name and address on it to enable as many persons to receive items as possible.
Items include cleaning buckets, cleaning supplies, bottled water, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, paper towels, toilet paper, diapers, pull-ups, wipes, vinegar, and an assortment of non-perishable food items.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted flexibility to allow South Carolina residents to replace food purchased with SNAP benefits that were lost due to power outages and flooding caused by Florence.
Households have until Oct. 15 to report food loss to the state and request replacement benefits.
Residents in Marlboro, Dillon, Horry, and Marion counties are now eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) funds, which will be made available through the unemployment insurance benefits system.
The DUA program makes funds available to assist people who became unemployed as a direct result of Hurricane Florence. It also is available to small business owners and the self-employed, including 1099 contract workers, who lost personal income due to the disaster.
If your job has been affected by Hurricane Florence, go to dew.sc.gov and click the MyBenefits Login in the top right corner to apply through the unemployment insurance (UI) benefits system.
For help, call 1-866-831-1724. The deadline for applying is October 24.
Workers or business owners meeting the following criteria may be eligible for benefits:
--Individuals who are unemployed due to the disaster, and do not qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits;
--Self-employed individuals and small business owners who lost income due to the disaster;
--Individuals who were prevented from working due to an injury caused by the disaster;
--Individuals who have become the major supplier of household income due to the disaster-related death or injury of the previous major supplier of household income;
--Individuals who are unable to reach their job or self-employment location because they must travel through the affected area and are prevented from doing so by the disaster;
--Individuals who were to commence employment or self-employment but were prevented by the disaster.
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Author: Dan McNiel

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