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Disaster Assistance: Supplemental Information on Hurricane Hugo in South Carolina, Report to the Honerable Ernest F. Hollings, U.S. Senate   [open pdf - 678KB]

"To assist victims of Hurricane Hugo, FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] provided temporary housing assistance to about 30,000 victims in South Carolina, which included providing grants to homeowners and renters or providing mobile homes. FEMA met many of the requests for temporary housing assistance within 1 week after it began accepting applications. For example, FEMA provided disaster victims with grants to rent housing or make repairs to their homes.Some families began occupying FEMA mobile homes about 1 month after the disaster was declared. FEMA continued to move families into mobile homes until April 1990. As part of our review, we contacted county emergency management officials in the 24 South Carolina counties declared as disaster areas to determine how well their disaster-related needs were met. Most of the officials said that their counties' needs were met. However, an official from one county told us that a slow response by the state greatly hindered the county's ability to respond. In this case, the state government did not promptly respond to a request for assistance to clean up a gasoline spill. Further, officials of five other counties told us that slow or unfilled requests placed with the state somewhat hindered their abilities to respond to the disaster. None of the county emergency management officials we interviewed indicated that their requests for public assistance (requests to restore publicly owned roads, buildings, or other similar facilities) were delayed or deferred because they could not pay their share of the cost of such projects."

Report Number:
GAO/RCED-91-150
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Date:
1991-05
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
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application/pdf
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