Anderson County in disaster declaration resulting from rain event

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Representatives from South Carolina Emergency Management Division (EMD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) met with Anderson County municipalities and special districts on Thursday, October 22nd to discuss the process and plans for reimbursement of expenses associated with damages from the recent heavy rain storms.

County Council Chairman, Tommy Dunn along with County Administrator, Rusty Burns opened the meeting hosted by Deputy Chief Taylor Jones at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Additionally, representatives from the City of Anderson, Town of Williamston, school districts and public works organizations joined a representative from Congressman Jeff Duncan’s office to gain an understanding of the public assistance reimbursement process.

Chief Jones said, “The purpose of the briefing was to educate potential applicants on the eligibility requirements, funding and procedures, for reimbursement of costs associated with restoration of community infrastructure.”

He went on to say that “the recovery process is a team effort. We are working across the County, with our friends in affected places, to ensure that critical infrastructure is repaired and restored to pre-disaster standards.”

South Carolina government agencies, counties, municipalities, some private non-profit agencies and special purpose districts may be able to recover costs for some disaster response and recovery-related expenses under the Federal Major Disaster Declaration issued on October 1st.

The Kickoff Meeting for municipalities, school districts and special tax districts will be Thursday, October 29th at 10:00 a.m. in the County’s EOC located at 200 Bleckley Street in Anderson.