WARREN (WWJ) – The registration deadline for Michigan residents affected by last August’s severe storms and flooding to apply for federal disaster assistance is fast approaching.
November 24 is the last day that homeowners, renters and businesses can apply for assistance.
“The clock is ticking, and FEMA wants to reach each and every homeowner and renter who sustained property damage or losses from the August flooding disaster,” Federal Coordinating Officer Dolph Diemont, said in a statement. “We urge them to register for assistance right away.”
To date, more than 111,000 residents have registered with FEMA online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362.
More than $170 million in federal assistance has been paid to eligible applicants and is jump-starting the recovery efforts of individual survivors, their families and communities in Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties, the three counties designated as disaster areas.
“Michigan residents are making progress in their recovery from the storms,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “The efforts of residents, combined with those of government, businesses and nonprofit agencies, have made all the difference in Southeast Michigan.”
More than $61 million in state and federal assistance was in the hands of 65,000 residents within two weeks after the disaster declaration was announced, FEMA reports. Those totals increased to $98 million and more than 100,000 residents benefiting from the FEMA grants and Small Business Administration low interest loans after another two weeks.
In addition to these millions in funding assistance to individuals, families, businesses and communities, federal programs are helping survivors with temporary housing, assisting eligible parents with childcare services, and helping connect survivors to other agencies’ assistance programs to ensure they get the help they need.
FEMA’s Recovery Support Sites and Disaster Recovery Centers throughout the three-county area continue to offer registration services and opportunities for one-on-one information sharing.
To qualify for any of this assistance, renters must first register with FEMA online at www.disasterassistance.gov, or by calling 800-621-3362.