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Deadline extended for individual FEMA assistance
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Gov. Nikki Haley announced Monday her request for a 30-day extension of the registration period for individual assistance from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been granted.

Kershaw County residents affected by October’s heavy rains and historic flooding now have until Jan. 4, 2016, to apply for disaster assistance with FEMA and the Small Business Administration (SBA). The original deadline was this Friday.

Flood survivors who sustained losses in Kershaw and other designated counties can apply for assistance by registering online at or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call (800) 462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service may call 800-621-FEMA (3362). The toll-free telephone numbers will operate 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

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