Disaster Help Information

As South Carolinians assess rain and flood damage, and look for help in recovery, you may find these phone numbers and web links useful.

File: Governor Nikki Haley, October 2, 2015.
Governor's Office/Zach Pippin

  Gov. Nikki Haley announced today that Bamberg, Colleton, and, Greenwood counties have been added to list of those qualifying for individual assistance under the federal disaster declaration, bringing the total to 19. Haley also encouraged "anybody who has had any damage" to call FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or registering at disasterassistance.gov, a sentiment that was echoed by FEMA's Mike Moore.

Assessors have found 17 dams across the state that were breached by flood waters and are "keeping an eye" on 17 more. Listen to the complete press conference here: 

Terrible jealousy, an oracle, a lost child, a living statue, miraculous redemption: The Winter's Tale is one of Shakespeare's most mythic and magic plays. It is a story, as the characters like to say as strange occurrence follows strange occurrence, "like an old tale."

The Missionaries of Charity founded by Mother Teresa says it has shut down its adoption services in India over religious objections to the country's new adoption rules. The Catholic sisters known for their blue and white habits say they have asked the government to de-register 13 orphanages.

Color images of Pluto released by NASA this year show the dwarf planet has a reddish brown surface. But an even newer photo shows that despite those colors, Pluto's atmosphere has a blue haze.

The discovery results from the New Horizons probe's fly-by of Pluto, which also captured data showing that the planet contains "numerous small, exposed regions of water ice," NASA says.

But first things first: Why would a planet that's been known to be reddish — even pink — have a blue sky?

Donald Trump found love Thursday night. He's been trying to get the word out that he loves Latinos and "Latinos love Trump," after widespread criticism of his stance on immigration.

At a campaign event Thursday in Las Vegas,Trump pulled an immigrant from Colombia on stage who was holding a copy of the People magazine as he was talking about it.

The woman jumped on stage screaming with come-on-down-you-just-won-a-car excitement, "Mr. Trump!"

  Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is visiting South Carolina today to meet with federal, state and local officials and assess the flooding and recovery efforts. He is scheduled to travel to Columbia and Charleston, but Congressman Jim Clyburn says he hopes to show the Secretary other areas affected by the flooding.

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the most sweeping and stringent digital privacy law in the country on Thursday.

The American Civil Liberties Union called it a "landmark victory for digital privacy."

In essence, the law requires a warrant before any business turns over any of its clients' metadata or digital communications to the government.

Could A Mushroom Save The Honeybee?

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Honeybees need a healthy diet of pollen, nectar and water. But at a bee laboratory in eastern Washington state, Steve Sheppard fills their feeding tubes with murky brown liquid from the forest.

His bees are getting a healthy dose of mushroom juice.

About 2 a.m. on Oct. 3, Afghanistan time, medical staff and patients at the Medicins Sans Frontiere hospital in Kunduz heard the sounds of bombing, louder and closer than they'd heard before. By the time it was over, at least 12 medical workers and seven patients were dead and the hospital was in flames.

Flooded farm in Darlington County, SC, October 7, 2015
SC Department of Agriculture

  The State and U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Clemson formed an advisory committee this week to assess the damage of the flooding on rural counties. The projected crop loss is 300 million dollars. That includes only the direct impact to farmers. Losses to the rural economy could be even more, and the full impact won’t be known until the harvest season is over. The state is requesting disaster relief from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to open assistance to farmers in impacted areas.


Flood Damage Assessment Continues, Flooding Threatens Lowcountry

Officials warn that flooding near several Lowcountry rivers may last for days.

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Harper Lee being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, November 5, 2007.
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