South Carolina Strong 

Wednesday night's shooting in Florence was devastating. The day after the shooting, we headed to Florence to show our support for everyone impacted by this senseless tragedy. It was one of the most heart wrenching days I've experienced as your Congressman. We visited injured officers in the hospital and prayed with their families for strength, healing, and comfort. We also joined hundreds of people at a vigil honoring Sergeant Terrence Carraway. Words cannot describe our emotions as the community remembered this father, husband, officer, mentor and friend. I'm incredibly thankful for the outpouring of support and love as our community heals together. We are South Carolina strong. 

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Florence Relief Updates 

 
  All eight counties in the Seventh District- Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Horry, Georgetown, Marion, and Marlboro- have been granted Individual Assistance and Public Assistance from FEMA. You can register with FEMA by applying online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 1-800-621-3362.  By registering with FEMA, you may qualify for federal disaster assistance such as help paying for rent or a temporary place to live as well as financial awards for essential home repairs or other disaster related needs not covered by insurance. If you have a homeowner's or flood insurance policy, file your insurance claim immediately before applying for disaster assistance. 

Additionally, President Trump signed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 into law on Friday. This legislation includes $1.68 billion in Community Disaster Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding for Hurricane Florence Recovery that I led my colleagues in requesting. I will work to ensure this initial down payment is followed by a comprehensive funding package to address the long-term recovery and resiliency needs of those impacted by the storm.
 

 

Disaster Recovery Centers Open

 
 

Disaster Recovery Centers and Business Recovery Centers are open across the Seventh District. At these centers recovery specialists from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and state agencies will be available to help you fill out your disaster relief applications and assist you with finding recovery resources. Click the link below to find a recovery center near you. 

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Resources to Rebuild

 
  Cleaning up after Hurricane Florence and beginning to rebuild can be overwhelming. Below are some resources that will hopefully make this process easier for you and your family.

If you need assistance cleaning up your property following Hurricane Florence, Crisis Cleanup is a nonprofit group that can assist you with this process. Call 843-212-0552 to be connected with local volunteers. FEMA mitigation specialists will be in home improvement stores in Myrtle Beach and Murrells Inlet to offer advice on how to repair and rebuild structures to be safer and more resilient. Click here for a list of times and locations that FEMA advisers will be in stores to assist you! For more information on strengthening structures visit www.fema.gov/what-mitigation.

Additionally, SCEMD suggests that you hire a professional licensed contractor for home repairs to protect your home and your finances. To find a professional licensed contractor, visit the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation at http://llr.sc.gov  and click licensee lookup. 
 

 

Lowest Unemployment Rate Since 1969 

 
  September's job report showed sustained economic growth and a strong labor market fueled by pro-growth tax cuts and regulatory reform. The unemployment rate fell to 3.7% and 134,000 jobs were created. When we say that our economy hasn't been this strong in decades, we aren't exaggerating. Do you know the last time the unemployment rate was this low? 1969 - the same year that Neil Armstrong walked on the moon and the same year that “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" was the number one song in the country. With last week's vote on Tax Reform 2.0, we are committed to locking in the benefits of tax cuts for families and businesses in South Carolina and across the country!

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