The federal government has approved nearly $205 million to help Michiganders with disaster-related needs stemming from the June 25-26 tornadoes, severe storms and flooding in Washtenaw and Wayne counties, FEMA says.
That amount includes nearly $1.1 million in claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA mitigation experts have counseled more than 7,600 individuals on flood mitigation and insurance through FEMA’s outreach activities at local hardware store events and Disaster Recovery Centers.
In addition to flood coverage, for the first 60 days of recovery, the numbers include:
- More than $122.3 million in Individual Assistance (IA) program grants awarded to nearly 42,000 homeowners and renters in Washtenaw and Wayne counties. These grants help pay for uninsured and underinsured losses and storm-related damage, including:
- Nearly $99 million in FEMA housing grants to help pay for home repair, home replacement and rental assistance for temporary housing.
- More than $23.3 million in Other Needs Assistance grants to help pay for personal property replacement and other serious storm-related needs—such as moving and storage fees and medical and dental expenses.
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved 2,813 long-term, low-interest disaster loans for a running total of $82.6 million for Michigan homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and nonprofit organizations to repair, rebuild or replace disaster-damaged physical property and to cover economic injury from the June 25-26 storms and flooding.
- The state of Michigan and FEMA have staffed and operated five Disaster Recovery Centers plus three FEMA Document Drop-off Centers, which provide one-on-one assistance to survivors. The centers have tallied nearly 19,500 visits by survivors.
FEMA has sent Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams to storm-impacted neighborhoods in Washtenaw and Wayne counties. These teams visit homes, businesses and nonprofit organizations to help residents register for assistance, identify and address immediate and emerging needs, and make referrals to other local, state, and voluntary agencies for additional support.
To date, DSA personnel have visited more than 24,000 homes and about 380 businesses; they have interacted with nearly 9,300 survivors and have registered more than 1,430 households for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program.
The last day survivors in Washtenaw and Wayne counties can register with FEMA for federal assistance is Oct. 13, 2021.
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