A Time for Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving!

From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! We have a long list of things to be thankful for this year. I hope you enjoy time with family and friends this week and remember all there is to be thankful for.   



Preparing for the Future


Part of living in South Carolina is preparing for natural disasters and I am working to ensure we are improving future disaster mitigation and response efforts. Hurricane Florence highlighted the need for I-73 as an adequate evacuation route for the Grand Strand. After the storm, rising flood waters threatened to close the only road access into the Grand Strand, putting 250,000 of my constituents at risk of being completely isolated with no lifeline to food, water, or medical supplies.

I spoke to WBTW about how I-73 will help mitigate the life-threatening impacts of future disasters and provide the lifeline we needed during Hurricane Florence. Watch the full interview below!

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National Apprenticeship Week 


Across the country, employers in virtually all industries are looking for employees and South Carolina is no exception. I frequently talk to Seventh District businesses who need workers to fill high-skilled positions.There are currently over 7 million open jobs in the United States and National Apprenticeship Week serves as an important reminder that we need to invest in a workforce that is prepared to take on these opportunities.

This week, Myrtle Beach students learned about how to attain the skills necessary to advance their careers in aviation mechanics, a high-demand job in a growing industry. This is just one example of how we can prepare a high-skilled workforce to meet the needs of employers in our region. Bridging the skills gap so that we can get people off the sidelines of the economy and into a career that is right for them will continue to be one of my priorities in Congress.

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Shop Small 

  After Thanksgiving, many of us begin holiday shopping on Black Friday. If you plan to shop after Thanksgiving, I encourage you to shop small and support local business owners on Small Business Saturday. It's this coming Saturday, November 24th. Shopping small is especially important this year as many of our local businesses are recovering from Hurricane Florence. Support our small business community this Thanksgiving!   


FEMA Updates

  As our community continues to recover from Hurricane Florence, I will keep you updated with information from FEMA that may be helpful to you and your family during this process. 

Disaster Recovery Center Closures: As traffic at Disaster Recovery Centers slows down, some of the centers are closing. There are still DRCs open across the Seventh District where you can receive help filling out your disaster assistance application until December 5th. Find the closest center to you here.

Deadline Update: 
The FEMA deadline to apply for disaster assistance for damage and losses from Hurricane Florence has been extended to Wednesday, December 5th.