WASHINGTON, DC - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the Department of Homeland Security has approved Gov. Nikki Haley's request of additional assistance in responding to this week's winter event.

In a release published by FEMA, the department stated that it is "authorized to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the designated areas."

The notice also specified that FEMA has the authority to "provide emergency protective measures limited to direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program at 75 percent federal funding."

This is in accordance with Haley's request that, with the federal government's help, the state would be able to provide more response in the form of "personnel augmentation, such as generators, bottled water, meals ready to eat, and support teams."

All counties in South Carolina will be eligible to receive support.

For more on today's winter storm, click here.

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