Hurricane Irma affects South Carolina

What you and your agency staff need to know

Hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean just outside the Gulf of Mexico photographed from space as it approaches landfall on the US


Bulletin 2017-10: Licensing Temporary Adjusters in response to Irma
The SCDOI has determined that the licensure of temporary non-resident adjusters may be necessary to assist with the claims resulting from Hurrican Irma. It is effective immediately and continues until Jan. 5, 2018. Individual interested in becoming permitted as non-resident, temporary adjusters should download procedures and forms at  (+ More...

SCDOI Encourages South Carolinians to be Storm Ready
With the potential threat of severe weather resulting from Hurricane Irma, it is important to be weather wise and prepared. Ray Farmer, Director of Insurance, cautions South Carolinians to be mindful of the potential weather threat and offers important information and tips that will help protect their property from the damages associated with severe weather.    (+ More...)

See also:   SCDOI's Got It Covered? Home Preparedness Checklist for Severe Weather

From FEMA:

Federal Aid Programs for the State of SC
The document linked below summarizes key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needeed and warranted under President Trump's disaster declaration issued for the state of South Carolina and the Cataba Indian Nation. (+ More...)

See also:  President Trump signs Emergency Declaration for South Carolina

Fact Sheets

Property Insurance Checklist  (understanding what your policy covers)

Flood Loss Avoidance Measures for Agents

Flood Loss Avoidance Measures for Consumers

Salvaging water-damaged family heirlooms and photos


Coming home after a flood

Debris Removal

Filing a flood insurance claim

From SC Insurance Association:

  1. S.C. Governor Henry McMaster has issued an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency. The Governor's office continues to monitor the storm and is preparing for potential evacuation orders. 

  2. The DOI in the "prepare phase" and is continuing to monitor the storm closely.  If the DOI issues a Bulletin allowing for the licensing of temporary, non-resident adjusters, applications and instructions will be available on the DOI's website.  We will forward any information as it becomes available.

  3. In the past, re-entry into affected areas is coordinated by counties and local emergency management officials.  Effectively, there is no statewide permit for adjusters or agents that would automatically grant access into restricted areas.  Some areas may restrict access to property owners/residents and emergency service personnel, or professionals assisting with recovery efforts (which would include agents/adjusters).  It is my understanding that non-resident agents and adjusters would be allowed access into restricted areas at the discretion of the local officers/officials.  They have a business case to be in the area and would likely be granted access unless the area is deemed unsafe, impassible, or may pose threats to general life, health, and safety. 


Hurricane Irma related news:


IIABSC Office - 803-731-9460

Frank Sheppard, President  
cell phone - 803-413-0364

Becky McCormack, Vice President
cell phone - 803-429-6053

See also:

SC Emergency Management Division

SCDOT Irma Resources page