As a result of the flooding that occurred in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties in August, President Barack Obama recently declared a major disaster for our area. The president’s declaration means that people, businesses and governments in the affected communities may qualify for federal assistance.
If you or someone you know needs immediate assistance, you can apply for grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to recover from the effects of the flooding.
You MUST register for assistance within 60 days of the federal disaster declaration, which was made on Sept. 25. This means that Nov. 24 is the deadline to apply and be eligible for federal disaster relief.
Disaster survivors and business owners must register for assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling the toll free hotline at (800) 621-FEMA (3362). TTY users may call (800) 462-7585. The hotline is available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. Recovery support sites have also been set up in our communities. The site covering House District 28 Warren First United Methodist Church, 5005 Chicago Road in Warren. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; through Oct. 14
When you register and apply you will need the following:
Social Security number
Phone number where you can be reached
Address of damaged property as well as current mailing address
Brief description of flooding related damages and losses
Private insurance information
Direct deposit information to help speed delivery of funds if approved
Home and business owners as well as renters may also be eligible for assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). By registering with FEMA, eligibility for Small Business Administration assistance will also be checked. Affected residents and businesses can also:
Apply online using the ELA - Electronic Loan Application - at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
Call the SBA Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals living or working in Macomb, Oakland or Wayne counties and whose employment was lost or interrupted due to the severe storms and flooding on Aug. 11-13, may be eligible for federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). Before applying for the federal DUA benefits, individuals must first apply for regular state unemployment benefits online at the unemployment agency website at www.michigan.gov/uia. This deadline is Nov. 3, 2014.
Local units of government and nonprofit organizations may be eligible for grant dollars via Public Assistance to partially cover some costs from emergency work, debris removal and damage to public buildings and infrastructure like roads and schools.
For updates and latest information regarding additional dates, times and locations FEMA teams will be available to provide in-person support, visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4195.
Please let me know how I can be of assistance to you so that together, we can continue to make progress in our community.
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