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Disaster declared for Dorian damage recovery

On Monday, Sept. 30, President Trump declared a disaster for South Carolina related to Hurricane Dorian. Federal public assistance is now available to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities in these 11 South Carolina Dorian-affected counties:

  • Beaufort
  • Berkeley
  • Charleston
  • Colleton
  • Dillon
  • Dorchester
  • Georgetown
  • Horry
  • Jasper
  • Marion
  • Williamsburg
Please see SCEMD’s news release, which includes a link to more information about the Public Assistance Program. If you know of government entities or private nonprofit cultural institutions/arts organizations that suffered damage from the storm, please direct them to their county emergency manager. Potential applicants may also contact SCEMD with questions about public assistance by emailing PA@emd.sc.gov or calling 803.367.7756. All areas within the state of South Carolina are eligible for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. This program provides assistance to State and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for actions taken to prevent or reduce long term risk to life and property from natural hazards.

SCAC statement on Hurricane Dorian

Storm to affect S.C.'s eastern half


Official Statement from S.C. Arts Commission Executive Director David Platts

Our state’s governor, Henry McMaster, has declared a state of emergency for South Carolina as Hurricane Dorian’s bands are spreading up our coast. Many of you might feel the effects of this storm. First and foremost, we care about your safety. Please heed warnings and act according to the response recommendations presented by the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. Secondly, your artistic well-being also matters to us, and we stand ready to assist you should your livelihood become threatened by the effects of the storm. Our website has emergency preparedness resources for artists and arts organizations. We will continue to provide updated information as necessary. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you feel there are things with which we can be of assistance. Stay safe.