There is an important deadline approaching on Monday, November 24, for residents of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties affected by the flash flooding and record rainfall this past August. It is very important that those who suffered damages because of the severe storms and flooding know about this upcoming deadline. If you were not personally affected, I would appreciate you passing on this information to your friends, neighbors or family members who may have been impacted.
As you may know, President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for these counties which brings some federal assistance for state and local governments, as well as assistance for individuals and families impacted by this disaster. Even if residents filed an insurance claim, registered with their local government, or received assistance from a local agency, they may still be eligible for federal individual assistance.
The only way to determine eligibility for federal disaster assistance is to register with FEMA, either by phone, online, or by visiting a local recovery support site before the November 24th deadline.
Residents can register for individual assistance at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week until further notice.
FEMA has set up four disaster recovery centers to assist residents who suffered damages and losses in the August 11-13 severe storms and flooding. Also, resources and meeting times with FEMA specialists are available for residents who are rebuilding and want to reduce the risk of property damage from future storms. For more detailed information on these centers and resources, visit the FEMA web page dedicated to the southeast Michigan flooding at www.fema.gov/disaster/4195.