Hurricane Matthew Disaster Recovery Center Opening Monday In Sumter County

matthew-flagA disaster recovery center will open for three days at the Cherryvale Community Center in Sumter to help residents with damages and losses from Hurricane Matthew. The Sumter County center will be open Monday, November 21, through Wednesday, November 23.

Representatives from the State of South Carolina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other public and private agencies will be at the center to explain disaster assistance programs and help survivors with applications for aid.

The Cherryvale Community Center is located at 4340 Confederate Road in Sumter and will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the three days.

It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive state-federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.

To register go online any time to or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362. Help is available in most languages, and phone lines are open 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week until further notice.

Disaster survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 to register. Those who use 711 or VRS (Video Relay Service) or require accommodations while visiting a center may call 800-621-3362. All disaster recovery centers are accessible and equipped with tools to accommodate disaster survivors who need disability-related communication aids.

Federal and state disaster assistance for eligible individuals and families can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary residences and help with other serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance.

Low-interest disaster recovery loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are the primary means of federal help for disaster survivors, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes. Individuals and businesses should first register with FEMA. For information on SBA disaster recovery loans call 800-659-2955/800-877-8339 TTY or go online to An application for an SBA disaster recovery loan may be completed online at

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