S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster announced a state of emergency Wednesday following damage from Monday’s tornadoes and thunderstorms.
The declaration does not override orders concerning the new coronavirus and allows an emergency operations plan to go into effect in response to the damage, especially where a tornado touched down in Seneca and Clemson, according to a news release.
After county emergency management officials and the state’s Emergency Management Division assesses the damage from the storm, McMaster plans to request a federal disaster declaration which will enable state eligibility for U.S. Small Business Administration economic disaster loans for businesses damaged by the storms.
Once McMaster opened the state to disaster assistance through a letter approved on March 31 for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 shutdown, the SBA also approved disaster assistance for victims of February’s tornadoes and severe storms in Spartanburg, Greenville, Laurens and Union counties.