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Business Survey – This survey will allow the chamber to know the status of businesses so that we can pass the information along to those who inquire.

Hurricane Information Center - This site contains weather tracking maps, outage maps, emergency telephone numbers, recovery resources and more.

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Specials Offers For Evacuees & Locals

Precision Garage Door Service, 335 Bush Dr., Myrtle Beach, SC, (843) 444-2120
No service fee and 5 percent off all garage door repairs or new garage doors.

Goldfinch Winslow, 11943 Grandhaven Dr., Ste A-2, Murrells Inlet, SC, (843) 357-9301
Goldfinch Winslow is offering free consults to review your insurance policies in regards to flood damage and will answer any questions that you may have about filing for insurance coverage.

Dependable Service Plumbing & Air, 166 Tiller Dr., Ste. 3., Pawleys Island, SC, (843) 979-9977 
Dependable Service Plumbing & Air is offering loyalty club benefits to victims and first responders. Receive 10 percent off any plumbing and/or air service and pay no dispatch fees during business hours. Financing options are available.

Recovery Resources

A&I Fire and Water Restoration, 1004 8th Ave. Ext. N., Myrtle Beach, SC, (843) 448-8485 
Carolina Cool, Inc., 1294 Surfside Industrial Park, Surfside Beach, SC, (843) 238-5805
FSA-Full Steam Ahead Inc. Fire & Water Restoration, 1440 Executive Ave., Myrtle Beach, SC, (843) 626-7391 
Home Depot - All locations
KELPRO Fire & Water Restoration, 1010 8th Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, SC, (843) 626-5800
Lowe’s - All locations
Servpro Of East Horry County, 418 Bradley Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC, (843) 236-6278
Weaver Construction Services, 9348 Hwy. 90 Ste F., Longs, SC, (843) 734-0622
Barnaby Windows, 780 Sandy Ln., Surfside Beach, SC, (843) 651-5501
Shade & Shutter Expo, 3147 Fred Nash Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC, (843) 293-3976
PODS - Portable On Demand, 370 Allied Dr., Conway, SC,(843) 438-4155
MasterTech Environmental, 720 Seaboard St., Myrtle Beach, SC, (843) 236-3399
5th T Innovation Group/Conway Innovation Center, 1119 Third Ave., Conway, SC, (843) 488-2783


Florence Update: Important Notes

Hurricane Florence Damage Assessment Underway - Horry County officials are requesting that citizens report their property damage information from Hurricane Florence and the flood event. A new Property Damage Self-Reporting Tool, located at horrycounty.org, allows owners and renters to inform the county of the location, owner, extent of damage, and status of the affected property.

SCDOR Offers Tax Relief for Victims of Hurricane Florence - South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) is providing tax relief to certain taxpayers affected by Hurricane Florence. The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines falling on or after Sept. 8, 2018, and before Jan. 31, 2019. Affected taxpayers will have until Jan. 31, 2019, to file returns and pay taxes due. This relief applies to taxpayers in the following counties: Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Marion and Marlboro. Read More 

SBA Opens Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in South Carolina - SBA representatives at the centers can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application. Disaster survivors can continue to meet face-to-face with Customer Service Representatives, obtain program information and receive help in submitting an SBA disaster loan application as well as provide assistance for those survivors with the SBA appeal process for declined applications. Businesses, homeowners and renters that sustained physical losses or economic injury due to Hurricane Florence from Sept. 8 through Oct. 8, 2018, are encouraged to submit an SBA disaster loan application. Even though the physical damage deadline was Dec. 5, survivors are encouraged to go to the SBA DLOCs that are currently open and speak with a SBA representative that can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and help survivors in submitting a late application. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 21, 2019. For more information and to see all locations, visit sba.gov/disaster-assistance/hurricane-florence 
Horry County 
Conway Chamber of Commerce 

203 Main St., Conway, SC 29526 
Hours: Weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Closed: Sundays  

SC SBDC Offering Disaster Assistance for Businesses - If your business is affected by the recent storm, you can receive no-cost assistance to:
• Assess the financial impact on your business
• Help you evaluate if you should reopen your business
• Reconstruct financial statements
• Prepare SBA disaster loan and bridge loan applications
• Evaluate options with creditors
• Develop strategies and full plan for your recovery

U.S. Department of Labor - Fact Sheet: Employment & Wages Under Federal Law During Natural Disasters & Recovery - The Fair Labor Standards Act is the federal law of most general application concerning wages and hours of work. The FLSA requires employers to pay covered, non-exempt employees no less than the federal minimum wage for each hour actually worked and overtime at one and one-half times an employee’s regular rate of pay for all hours actually worked in excess of 40 in a week. These requirements are not subject to waiver during natural disasters and recovery efforts. For questions about payment of wages following a natural disaster, call 1-877-872-5627. Read More

FEMA Assistance for Homeowners - Homeowners who have experienced property damage are encouraged to contact FEMA to determine if they are eligible for financial assistance. Please go to disasterassistance.gov to apply for funding. Alternatively, citizens may call the registration phone number at 1 (800) 621-3362. Individuals with a speech disability or hearing loss may use TTY by calling 1 (800) 462-7585. Individuals using 711 or video relay service (VRS) may call 1 (800) 621-3362.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program makes funds available to help those who became unemployed as a direct result of Hurricane Florence. It also is available to small business owners and the self-employed, including 1099 contract workers, who lost personal income due to the disaster. If your job has been affected by Hurricane Florence go to dew.sc.gov and click the MyBenefits Login in the top right corner to apply through the unemployment insurance (UI) benefits system. For help, call 1-866-831-1724. 

Contractor Fraud Checklist - Contractor fraud often increases after natural disasters. This simple form will help ensure that disaster impacted communities recover from disaster in a prompt, efficient and predictable way. If the county has implemented contractor certification, make sure that your chosen contractor has a County Certification picture ID that indicates they have applied for and received a county or city certification for construction after a disaster. If the county has not implemented contractor certification then complete the contractor fraud form with your contractor and check their license status.  

Building Permit Fees Waived for Storm-Related Damage - The City of Myrtle Beach will temporarily waive building permit fees for storm-related repairs. You still need a permit to repair storm damage in the city, but no fees will be charged. Contact Construction Services at 843-918-1111 or visit the office at 921 North Oak St.

Open for Business Yard Signs - Your Myrtle Beach Area Chamber has Open for Business Yard Signs. Stop by the chamber and pick your free sign and let everyone know your back open for business after Hurricane Florence.


Disaster Assistance

Survivors who sustained losses in the designated counties can apply for federal assistance by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. Assistance can include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary homes, low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help survivors recover from the effects of the disaster.
 

S.C. Emergency Management Division - Website provides a list of various federal agencies with programs to help you recover from disasters.

U.S. Economic Development Administration - EDA and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have funds to be used for establishing local, post-disaster revolving loan programs. A list of federal agencies and their economic development-related programs provides more information.

IRS - Offers tax relief to businesses affected by federally declared disasters. 

5th T Innovation Group/Conway Innovation Center is a local source for disaster relief loans. Loans are available to businesses in affected areas up to $10,000 and can be closed within 7 business days of submission of all necessary documentation.  They can be used as bridge notes until insurance or SBA relief funds are received. Learn More: (843) 488-2783


Flood Relief Efforts and How You can Help

Accepting Supplies

Waccamaw VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) is collecting supplies for flood relief victims - see list of needed items and where to donate. To volunteer or to make monetary donations, go to disasterhelp.me or call 843-918-5908.

SC Needs Help Donation and Distribution center opened at 4761-B Northgate Blvd. in Myrtle Beach. Items such as diapers, nonperishable food and cleaning supplies can be dropped off. A complete list of needs and volunteer requests for the center can be found at Facebook.com/scneedshelp.

Grand Strand Magazine is partnering with Waccamaw VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) to collect supplies for flood relief victims. Please drop off items at the Grand Strand Magazine office, 4717 Jenn Dr., Ste. 102, Myrtle Beach, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Surfside United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Committee on Relief are collecting and making cleaning kits to help people with the overwhelming job of cleaning up hurricane and flood damage. Find a list of supplies or make a donation by visiting umcor.org/umcor/relief-supplies/relief-supply-kits/cleaning

Rotary Club of Murrells Inlet and Hyatt Buick GMC have teamed for “Battle AGAINST the Waterway.” They are collecting nonperishable food items and monetary donations. Items can be dropped off at Hyatt GMC and Myrtle Beach Hyundai. Financial donations can be made through www.gofundme.com/battle-of-the-waterway-707


Fundraising Events

Other Ways to Help

#CarolinaStrong T-shirts. United Way of Horry County, along with CCU, Fanatics and the Waccamaw Community Foundation are proud to offer #CarolinaStrong T-shirts with 100% proceeds benefiting the local Waccamaw VOAD. To order a crew cut shirt, click https://bit.ly/2MOUPPR. To order a v-neck shirt, click https://bit.ly/2DeB8Sb

Want to Volunteer?

If you wish to volunteer your services or make a donation during this difficult time, contact VOAD, the Waccamaw Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters.  Call 843-915-5908 or visit disasterhelp.me to learn how you can help.  Items accepted include cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, non-perishable foods, paper products and baby items.
 

Accepting Financial Donations/Agencies & Businesses Providing Assistance

Help the Grand Strand - Your generous donation offers assistance to local citizens in the Myrtle Beach area impacted by disasters.

One SC Fund. The One SC Fund was created by former Governor Nikki Haley in the aftermath of the historic flooding of 2015 and has helped with the recovery with Hurricane Matthew and now Hurricane Florence. Since November of 2015, the One SC Fund has distributed over $3.4 million and has provided food and clothing to over 19,600 people and has helped 1633 families return home. Online donations can be made with a credit card at OneSCFund.org. Donors can also mail a check to the Central Carolina Community Foundation One SC Fund to 2711 Middleburg Dr., Ste. 213, Columbia, SC 29204. Email info@yourfoundation.org or call 803-254-5601 with questions.

2-1-1 One-stop resource for finding assistance. This resource run by United Way is available 24/7 by calling 211, 1-866-892-9211 or by visiting them online at sc211.org.

United Way - United Ways across the region are helping those facing the devastating effects of hurricanes

American Red Cross - A financial donation makes the most immediate impact

Salvation Army - Your support helps the Salvation Army stay on the front lines of hurricane relief efforts

Goodwill Industries is accepting all clothing donations. These donations will be placed in their retail stores and individual referred to them by approved partner agencies will be provided a voucher to shop in their stores at no cost.

SC Needs Help Donation and Distribution Center opened at 4761-B Northgate Blvd. in Myrtle Beach. Items such as diapers, nonperishable food and cleaning supplies can be dropped off. A complete list of needs and volunteer requests for the center can be found at Facebook.com/scneedshelp.

Catholic Charities - Your generosity will allow Catholic Charities to provide much needed aid and assistance

Impact Ministries along with the Waccamaw VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) have partnered to assist homeowners in Horry County that experience damage due to Hurricane Florence. After the storm is over and homeowners have a chance to safely assess their properties, they can visit disasterhelp.me to request assistance, volunteer or donate. Upon submitting the application, homeowners will receive a response and assessors will be sent out as soon as it is safe to do so. It is important to fill out the application as soon as possible, after the storm, to receive assistance. 

REALTORS® Relief Foundation is ready to assist victims of Hurricane Florence living in Horry and Georgetown counties. If you have experienced hurricane damage to your primary residence you may be eligible for assistance. The REALTORS Relief Foundation is providing relief up to $1,000 per applicant. They also have a database of short-term housing. Learn More

WLSC - Tiger Radio is offering 6 months of free advertising to any business that was impacted by hurricane Florence and the flooding. For more information contact Jacky Murphy at 843-222-4652.


Important Telephone Numbers


Horry County Emergency Management 843-915-5150 (volunteering/donated goods/evacuations/or for any other questions) 

Current Road Conditions 1-888-877-9151

For updated information on the hurricane, call Horry County Automated Information Line at 843-915-5005, 843-915-5006 TDD/TTY. Available 24 hours a day. This number will be pre-empted with pertinent information during a hurricane.

For updated statewide information, call the SC Public Information Phone System (PIPS) at 866-246-0133.

Note: The above hurricane lines are only activated during a mandatory evacuation.

Roads and drainage hotline 843-381-8000  

Click here for other emergency numbers