Post Hurricane Resources
For Information & Referrals Contact: United Way of the Lowcountry at 843.982.3040 or the HELPLINE at 843.524.4357.
There are not any emergency shelters currently open so all residents needing temporary shelter (DUE TO FLOODING FROM IRMA) should reach out to our emergency service providers as follows:
- Salvation Army (524-3727) – Beaufort and Jasper Counties
- Help of Beaufort (524-1223) – Beaufort
- Deep Well (785-2849) – Hilton Head Island
- Bluffton Self Help (757-8000) – Bluffton
Home Repair/Clean-up Information
The following programs assist with home repairs. (Must be a homeowner and be owner occupied. If you are a tenant, please reach out to South Carolina Legal Services at 1.888.346.5592 or firstname.lastname@example.org because tenants cannot authorize work.
- Palmetto Round-Up Program (843.726.5551 ext. 5003)
- Lowcountry Council of Govt. (843.726.5536) ( 65 or older)
- Franciscan Center (843.838.3924) Beaufort
- Deep Well (HHI residents ONLY)
- USDA Rural Development (803.765.5633) Grants (843.549.1822)
- The Water Well Trust: (202.625.4383) to drill new or rehab existing well. (Loan)
- Water Quality: DHEC-OCRM Office 843.846.9400
SC 2-1-1 is working in collaboration with Crisis Cleanup to connect homeowners with post-storm services. South Carolina residents who need help with debris removal, mud-out and other clean-up services due to Hurricane Irma should call 2-1-1. Homeowners are linked with reputable and vetted relief agencies that assist in chainsaw work and debris clearing, as they are able. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the overwhelming need.
Anyone needing debris removal may call 2-1-1 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm to get entered into the Crisis Cleanup system. Individuals searching for other general information on disaster resources can call the three-digit telephone number, 2-1-1, from a landline or mobile phone; search the website http://www.SC211.org; or use the app. The SC 2-1-1 app is available for download in Google Play and the App Store. It is free to download and free to use.
Groups looking to volunteer with SC 2-1-1 should sign up at https://www.crisiscleanup.org/home.
Beaufort County will not provide curbside pickup of Hurricane Irma storm debris.
Beaufort County is opening two Debris Management Sites to accept Class 1 and 2 debris, as well as white goods debris (appliances):
- Ihly Farms – 66 Ihly Farm Road in Beaufort
- Pinckney Point – 651 Pinckney Colony Road in Bluffton
Residents must transport their debris to the convenience centers or debris management sites.
- Residents should not bring storm-related debris to the convenience centers.
- There is no charge for disposal of residential quantities at these locations.
- Class 1 land clearing debris (woody debris – tree limbs, leaves, and other yard waste.)
- Class 2 construction and demolition debris(building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet, furniture, mattresses, and plumbing items)
- White goods debris includes refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, heat pumps, ovens, ranges, washing machines, and clothes dryers.
Additional information can be obtained by calling the Solid Waste and Recycling Office of the Beaufort County Public Works Department for more information at 843-255-2736.
SC 2-1-1 is working in collaboration with Crisis Cleanup to connect homeowners with post-storm services. South Carolina residents who need help with debris removal, mud-out and other clean-up services due to Hurricane Irma should call 2-1-1.
Homeowners are linked with reputable and vetted relief agencies that assist in chainsaw work and debris clearing, as they are able. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the overwhelming need.
Anyone needing debris removal may call 2-1-1 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm to get entered into the Crisis Clean-up system. Individuals searching for other general information on disaster resources can call the three-digit telephone number, 2-1-1, from a landline or mobile phone; search the website http://www.SC211.org; or use the app. The SC 2-1-1 app is available for download in Google Play and the App Store. It is free to download and free to use.
- Low Country Legal Volunteers (843.815.1570) – Countywide
- South Carolina Legal Services (888.346.5592
Those renting who have experienced damage by a natural disaster have rights. Download “What renters Need To Know In A Natural Disaster” brochure
Download “Disaster Information for Homeowners” brochure
Renters Rights Information (Provided by Low Country Legal Volunteers)
What can I do if the home I am renting is damaged or destroyed in a natural disaster?
If the home you are renting is damaged or destroyed by a natural disaster and normal use and occupancy of the home is “substantially impaired”, you have a couple of options:
- You can continue to live in the home.
This is true only if it is legal to do this. If the home has been condemned or has been deemed unsafe it may not be legal for you to continue living there. If part of the home is unusable but the rest is ok, then you can move out of the part that is damaged and continue to use the rest. If you do this, then your rent should be reduced because you cannot use the entire home you were paying for. You should try to negotiate this reduction with your landlord, but you may want to speak with an attorney if you cannot come to an agreement.
If your landlord won’t make repairs, there are a couple of things that you should not do without talking to an attorney first:
- You should not stop paying rent;
- You should not make the repairs yourself and deduct the cost from rent.
- You can immediately move out and terminate your lease.
If you decide to do this, you should notify your landlord in writing that you intend to terminate the lease. As long as you notify your landlord in writing within seven days after you move out, your lease will terminate effective the day you moved out. You should keep a copy of the letter for your records and, ideally, send it by certified mail so that you have evidence of when it was sent and when it was received. Sending notice by e-mail or text message may or may not be effective and you should rely on that only if there is no way to get a letter to your landlord.
If you do terminate your lease, your landlord should return your security deposit and any rent you have paid in advance. Your landlord has 30 days from the time you move out to return your deposit and prepaid rent. Your letter should list a forwarding address so that your landlord knows where to send your security deposit. If your landlord makes any deductions from your deposit – such as unpaid rent or damage you cause – then they should send you an itemized list of those deductions along with the remainder of your deposit, if there is any. Your landlord should not deduct the cost of repairing damage from the disaster unless somehow you caused it or allowed it to happen.
My property was also damaged in the disaster, is here anything I can do?
- If you have renter’s insurance, you should contact your insurance company as soon as possible to see if the damage is covered.
- Renter’s insurance will often cover damage or loss from a fire, theft, or tornado, but it will not normally cover damage from a flood.
- Your landlord may have hazard insurance on the property, but that usually covers just the building and not damage to your belongings. Still, you should check with your landlord to be sure.
What if I don’t have insurance or my insurance doesn’t cover the damage to my property?
- If the damage to your property is not covered by insurance, you may be able to get assistance from Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”).
- You can find out if FEMA assistance is available and apply for it by calling 1-800-621-3362 or going to www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
FEMA may also be able to help with the following:
- Vehicle repair damaged by the disaster
- Child Care Expenses as they are related to the disaster
- Rental Assistance (for those who need temporary housing while repairs are made to their primary residence)
- Assistance to help homeowners make repairs
- Replacement or purchase of medication and equipment
- Repair/Replacement of personal property (essential household items including furnishings, appliances and specialized tools/clothing required by employers)
- Moving and storage expenses to relocate personal property while repairs are made.
- FEMA cannot cover food losses.
Can Non-US Citizens apply for FEMA money? SC residents who are not U.S. Citizens may still be eligible for disaster assistance from FEMA. FEMA requires applicants to certify whether they are citizens, non-citizen nationals or qualified aliens. A qualified alien, as defined by FEMA, includes:
- Legal permanent residents (those with green cards)
- Those with refugee or asylum status
- Those whose deportation has been withheld
- Those on parole into the US for at least one year for humanitarian purposes
- Those with conditional entry
- Cuban-Haitian entrants
- Those with petitions for relief based on battery or extreme cruelty by a family member
- If a parent or guardian isn’t eligible to apply, he or she can apply on behalf of a child under 18 who qualified. Their status will not be jeopardized by requesting disaster assistance, and no information will be gathered regarding the status of others in the household.
- Undocumented immigrants who are not eligible for FEMA aid may still qualify for programs run by state, local, or voluntary agencies.
(Please call ahead to verify)
Beaufort Church of God (641 Parris Island Gateway) 843.525.9385
Community Bible Church (658 Parris Island Gateway) 843.525.0089 (Wed & Thurs 1:00 – 3:30 pm; Sat 10:00 am – 12:30 pm)
Franciscan Center (85 Mattis Rd, St. Helena Island) 843.838.3924 (Wed & Fri at 1:00 pm)
Our Lady’s Pantry (30 C arolyn Drive, Lady’s Island) 843.54.2179 (11:00 am – 2:30 pm)
Praise Assembly (800 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort) 843.525.1121 (Wed 10:00 am)
Salvation Army (2505 North Street) 843.524.3727 (8:30 am – 4:30 pm)
Third Macedonia Baptist (509 Broad River Blvd, Beaufort) 843.521.0490 (4th Sat of each month from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon)
Bluffton Self Help (Sheridan Park Circle) 843.757.8000 (Tues, Wed, & Fri 9:30 am – 12:00 pm, Wed 4:00 – 6:00 pm)
Church of the Cross (53 Persimmon Street) 843.757.8000 (9:30 – 11:00 am)
First Baptist Church (20 Church St.) 843.757.3961 (Sat 9:00 – 11:00 am)
First Zion Food Pantry (10 Robertson St.) 843.757.3129 (Thurs. 4:30 – 6:30 pm; 2nd & 4th Saturday 12 – 2 pm)
Hilton Head Island
Deep Well (80 Capital Dr) 843.785.2849
St. James Baptist 843.681.6446 (Ask for Sherry or Betsy)
Sandalwood Community Food Pantry (8 Hunter Road) – Tues & Fri 12:00 pm
AGAPE Life Center, Inc (5855 South Okatie Highway, Hardeeville) 843.784.6008 (Call to make appt.)
Jasper County Hunger Free Zone (913 Grays Hwy/ Hwy 278) 843.717.1640 (Tues & Thurs 9:00 am – 12:00 noon)
(Please call ahead to verify)
Plant the Seed Ministries (Atlantic Inn on Boundary Street) – (Sat 11:00 am – 1:00 pm)
Praise Assembly (800 Parris Island Gateway) 843.525.1121 (Wed 10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
Washington Street Public Park (Fri from 6:00 pm – all served)
Campbell Chapel (25 Boundary St) Katie: 843.815.6017, Linda: 843.837.3916 (Wed 12:00 – 1:00 pm)
Threshold Soup Kitchen at the Bluffton Community Center (Thurs 4:00 pm)
Hilton Head Island
Holy Family Catholic Church (24 Pope Avenue) 843.785.2895 (Monday at 11:00 am)
Resurrection Christian Community (296 Spanish Wells Rd) 843.689.3625 (Thurs. 12:00 – 1:00 pm)
St. Andrews By The Sea (20 Pope Avenue) 843.785.4711 (Fri 12:00 – 1:00 pm)
St. James Baptist (209 Beach City Road) 843.681.6446 (Thursday 12:00 – 1:00 pm)
Food Delivery Programs for the Elderly or Infirm
HELP Mobile Meals 843.252.4105
Senior Services of Beaufort 843.524.1787
Meals on Wheels of Bluffton HHI 843.689.8334
Hilton Head Island
Deep Well 843.785.2849
Meals on Wheels of Bluffton HHI 843.689.8334
Jasper Council on Aging 843.726.5601