Help is Still Available after Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Marlboro County

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – The State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in the City of Bennettsville in Marlboro County will close permanently at 6 p.m., Friday Nov. 16, 2018.

Working with county officials, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division and FEMA closely monitor visits to DRCs. The closure of DRCs marks a major milestone in the disaster recovery process.

Centers close when traffic slows at those locations.

The center is located at:

Marlboro County

Marian Wright Edelman Public Library of Marlboro County

203 Fayetteville Ave.

Bennettsville, SC 29512

Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., through 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16

After the center closes, survivors whose homes or businesses were affected by Hurricane Florence can still apply for assistance, get updates about their applications, learn about the appeals process or check the status of their claim the following ways:

  • Visit any open disaster recovery center. To find the nearest one visit;
  • Call the Disaster Assistance Helpline at 800-621-3362. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish);
  • Visit to apply or log into their account.

Recovery officials encourage South Carolinians who registered for disaster assistance with FEMA to stay in touch, using the contact information above. If survivors change their addresses or phone numbers they should update FEMA with the information. Missing or inaccurate information could result in delays in receiving assistance.

For those who applied for a low-interest disaster loan with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), call the SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center to update information or check the status of an application at: 800-659-2955; by email to; or via the SBA website at Hard of hearing or deaf individuals may call 800-877-8339.

For more information on Hurricane Florence and South Carolina recovery, visit the S.C. Emergency Management Division website at, on social media (@SCEMD on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram), or FEMA’s Hurricane Florence disaster webpage at, or Facebook at, and the FEMA Region 4 Twitter account at