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2 UMCOR grants to aid Matthew, Florence hurricane recovery efforts

Dec. 13, 2018 The South Carolina Conference has been awarded two UMCOR grants totaling more than $825,000 – one to wrap up disaster recovery work on homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew, and another to launch disaster recovery efforts in the wake of this year’s Hurricane Florence. The United Methodist Committee on Relief Board of Directors on …

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Florence update for S.C. (11 a.m. Sunday)

Updated 11:23 a.m. Sept. 16, 2018 Tropical Depression Florence continues to produce widespread heavy rains over northern South Carolina, producing flash flooding and leading to significant river flooding in the coming days. The hardest hit counties apparently are Dillon, Marion and Marlboro counties, state officials say. Flash-flood watches are in effect for Chesterfield, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster and …

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New hotline set up for Hurricane Florence assistance: 800-451-1954

A centralized Crisis Assistance Hotline has been established to take in and manage calls for assistance in the wake of Hurricane Florence, which is poised to strike along the coast of South Carolina or North Carolina late Thursday or Friday: 800-451-1954 This hotline is part of an effort by volunteer organizations statewide – including the …

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Preparation tips as hurricane season begins

Hurricane season is upon us. Now is the time – before a storm hits – to make sure your church is prepared!     Check out these preparedness tips Plan an evacuation route Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan …

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UMC team comes to aid of Simpsonville tornado victims

SIMPSONVILLE – When a tornado with winds up to 110 mph touched down in Simpsonville, an Early Response Team from the S.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church was on the scene within hours. The eight-person team worked on six homes struck by the Nov. 30 storm, removing trees and other storm debris and covering damaged roofs with …

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S.C. United Methodists, Gov. Haley, others provide storm relief

MARION – Gov. Nikki Haley and a host of volunteers descended on Marion County on Friday to distribute Hurricane Matthew relief supplies donated by South Carolina United Methodists and other groups from around the state. “Team South Carolina Pee Dee Day” provided much needed supplies to residents from Darlington, Dillon, Florence and Marion counties who …

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Free legal services for low-income hurricane victims

Free legal services are available to low-income South Carolinians affected by Hurricane Matthew and the flooding that followed. South Carolina Legal Services – a non-profit corporation funded in part by the S.C. Bar Foundation and local United Way agencies – offers legal assistance if eligible residents have been denied benefits or have other non-criminal legal …

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SBA Disaster Assistance for Businesses and Residents Expands to More South Carolina Counties

ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration has added more counties to the disaster declaration in South Carolina affected by Hurricane Matthew that began on Oct. 4, 2016. The disaster declaration now covers the counties of Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Calhoun, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, …

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Volunteers desperately needed to help with hurricane response

Dozens of Early Response Teams from the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church have deployed to help those most affected by Hurricane Matthew and the flooding that followed. But more volunteers are desperately needed, and church officials have scheduled several opportunities in the coming weeks for those who want to train to become …

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Donate this, not that — best ways to help when disaster strikes

By Susan Kim umcor.org There’s no set-in-stone guide to appropriate giving, since every disaster is different and needs change every day. But in the spirit of educating donors, the United Methodist Committee on Relief presents “Donate This, Not That!” These guidelines are based on recommendations of seasoned responders from many areas of the country. Need …

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