MIDLAND, Mich. –– Three weeks after President Trump declared a major disaster for Arenac, Gladwin, Iosco, Midland and Saginaw counties following the May floods, more than 1,200 homeowners and renters have been approved for more than $25.3 million in assistance from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
“FEMA and our federal partners are working closely with the state of Michigan to provide help to disaster survivors as quickly as possible,” said Waddy Gonzalez, FEMA’s federal coordinating officer for the Michigan disaster recovery operation. “Federal assistance is just one part of the whole community effort to support Mid-Michigan’s recovery from the disaster earlier this year.”
To date, FEMA has provided the following assistance:
County Approved Registrations Approved Funding
Arenac 43 $229,059
Gladwin 196 $2,367,421
Iosco 11 $68,401
Midland 878 $10,910,352
Saginaw 138 $811,617
TOTAL 1,266 $14,386,850
SBA approved 141 loans to individuals and businesses for a total of $10,943,100.
In addition, FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program has paid out more than $22.2 million in claims to policyholders—averaging $56,312 per claim, with 460 claims filed to-date.
To register for federal disaster assistance, individuals, including those who use 711 relay or VRS, are encouraged to call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET seven days a week until further notice. Another option is to register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through the FEMA App. The registration deadline is September 8, 2020.
Homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes can also apply for SBA low-interest disaster loans to help cover immediate, repair, rebuilding and replacement costs.
SBA has three dedicated phone lines to assist Michigan residents impacted by the May 16-22 flooding. To reach an SBA Customer Service Representative directly call 571-422-8013 or 571-422-6016 or 571-422-0331. Email questions to FOCE-Help@sba.gov.
FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency, or economic status. Reasonable accommodations, including translation and American Sign Language interpreters via Video Relay Service will be available to ensure effective communication with applicants with limited English proficiency, disabilities, and access and functional needs. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (including 711 or Video Relay). If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585.