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Hurricane Matthew


Important Contact Information:

CEMA – 912-201-4500
Effingham EMA – 912-754-8200
Red Cross – 912-651-5300
Samaritan’s Purse – 843-295-2408
FEMA 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) –
Georgia Power- 888-660-5890 – (Customer Service) and 888-891-0938 – (Report Outages/Issues)
Carolina Electric & Gas – 888-333-4465
Chatham Contractor Verification – 912-644-8811
Liberty Co. Contractor Verification-
Hilton Head Contractor advice/help. 843-681-9240 or

FEMA individual assistance

South Carolina:

Approved for several South Carolina Counties including Beaufort, Jasper, Colleton and Hampton. Help can include money for major home repairs; rent if you’ve had stay somewhere else, low-cost loans to cover uninsured losses and other programs to help you recover. If you have not already done so, register online at or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Individual Assistance has not yet been approved for Georgia.

Georgia (Chatham County)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted Chatham County a declaration of Individual Assistance. With this declaration comes assistance to small businesses as well. Individual Assistance aids homeowners without insurance and opens programs to insured owners. FEMA will set up disaster relief centers throughout Chatham County. Please keep in mind, this will take several days or more to establish support services. Please be patient and information will be distributed when the resources are ready to support.

Debris Management:

Chatham County

Debris removal is underway for unincorporated Chatham County. The area of unincorporated Chatham County has been divided into zones. Crews are working in every zone each day conducting multiple systematic sweeps on a non-scheduled basis.

Tybee Island

If you live on a public street, leave yard debris (tree limbs, cut up tree trunks and leaves) in front of your house in the right of way, and the emergency debris removal contractor will collect. If you live on a private road, leave these items adjacent to your private road for pick-up by Atlantic Waste. If you have other debris that is not yard debris, you can place these beside your trash bin.

Garden City

Pickup has begun

For non-profit tree cutting help call: 912-313-8295

Beaufort County

Debris collection has started on State and County roads. More than 40 trucks are working simultaneously in various locations. Three passes will be done throughout the County or until it’s done. For questions call: 843-684-9880. For regular trash the

County Convenience Centers are all now open. (they are closed Wednesdays!)

The City of Beaufort

City Building Codes Staff (Safebuilt) is currently conducting damage assessment due to Hurricane Matthew. If your home or business building was damaged in the storm and you have not yet gotten a green, yellow, or red placard, please contact the office at (843) 525-7049 or and give them the address of the property.

Town of Bluffton

Bluffton’s Building and Safety Staff has finished their damage assessment of structures following Hurricane Matthew. You may have a green, yellow or red placard on your property. If no placard is posted on the property, that means there was either no damage, or very minor damage. A green placard indicates while you have damage you don’t need a permit to fix it. But yellow or red placards indicate more serious damage and will include a description of what you need to do. If you have questions call contacting the Bluffton’s Growth Management Department. (843) 706-4592 or via email to

Hilton Head Island

Citizens’ Drop-Off Sites open daily 7am to 7pm for landscaping debris, construction debris, and household appliances. No regular trash!!

  • Coligny Beach Parking Lot at 1 South Forest Beach Drive (to the right)
  • Old Concrete Plant at 111 Leg O Mutton Road, across from Gardner Drive
  • Old Gullah Flea Market Site at 120 William Hilton Parkway, across from Squire Pope Road traffic signal

The Town is now clearing public Town, County and State Road Right-of-Ways.

Effingham County

Natural Debris Collection site open 8AM-5:30PM at the Effingham County Landfill located at 2750 Courthouse Rd. Citizens can bring NATURAL DEBRIS ONLY (trees, shrubs, etc.) and we have someone on site to assist with unloading.

Effingham Citizens can burn NATURAL MATERIALS ONLY each day until dark and as long as it does not disturb neighbors.

Republic Waste customers are advised to use both recycle and trash collection cans for trash this week. Waste Management customers are advised to follow their normal trash and recycle schedules.

Liberty County

Debris Collection has started in Liberty County and the Cities of Hinesville, Midway, Flemington, Walthourville, and Riceboro. No Trash – that goes in your normal containers.

How can YOU HELP?

Red Cross – 912-651-5300

Samaritan’s Purse – 843-295-2408

Operation Feed Savannah 912-436-5325

United Way 211 from Anywhere

Community Foundation of the Low Country or call them at 843.681.9100
Communities in Schools of Savannah:

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