FEMA Teams Arrive in Midland County to Provide Assistance
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has arrived in Midland County to offer assistance and services to victims of the June 2017 flood. Teams are currently canvassing the area, going door-to-door to collect information and begin providing assistance to affected residents.
As a reminder, residents affected by the flooding event need to register with FEMA by October 2, 2017 to receive federal financial assistance. Please note that the Midland Flood Damage Information Form provided by the City of Midland or Midland County was not an application for federal aid and will not be used to administer federal disaster dollars, so residents who completed a local form after the flood still need to register with FEMA.
Residents can register one of the following ways:
· Register online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through the FEMA App.
· Call 800-621-3362.
· TTY users can call 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362 to register.
· Register in person at the Disaster Recovery Center. (Details, including the address and hours of operation of this center, will be provided as soon as it is available.)
Like all FEMA field personnel, these team members carry official identification. Residents are encouraged to ask for official identification before providing personal information. These teams may offer residents the opportunity to use a tablet computer to register or may ask to enter information on the resident’s behalf; however, they will never require Michigan residents to provide personal information. Instead, residents may enter the information on their own devices using the above website or by calling the 800 number listed above.
Free Repair, Rebuilding Advice Available in Midland County
MIDLAND, MI. – As Michiganders repair or rebuild their homes damaged by the flooding and severe storms that occurred June 22-27, 2017, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and home improvement stores in Midland County are teaming up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.
FEMA mitigation specialists will be on hand to answer questions and offer home improvement tips along with proven methods to prevent or reduce damage from future disasters as well as offer tips and techniques to build hazard-resistant homes. Most of the information and the free publications provided are geared to do-it-yourself work and general contractors. Recovery topics covered include flood insurance, elevating utilities and rebuilding flooded homes.
FEMA advisors will be available at the following store:
County Location Dates Hours
Midland Gill-Roy’s Hardware
3128 S. Jefferson Ave.
Midland, Mi. 48640 Tues. – Sat.
Aug. 22 - 26 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Free reference booklets with information on protecting a home from flood damage will be available. More information about strengthening property can be found at https://www.fema.gov/protect-your-property.
FEMA specialists can provide general information regarding flood insurance policies and offer technical assistance to aid in recovery. Disaster survivors and others can find a list of home improvement stores hosting FEMA mitigation specialists and their hours at:
FEMA Determination Letters Must Be Read Carefully!!
If you are referred to the SBA, that does not mean that you may only qualify for a loan, there are other grants and programs available, however residents must go through the SBA application process for that determination to be made.
Nationally, during disasters, 64% of the funding made available in programs is actually applied for.
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