Governor Rick Snyder announced on August 13th, 2014, that Metro Detroit is currently in a state of disaster, after the devastating floods that occurred across the southeast region of Michigan, nearly 2 weeks ago. Governor Snyder has officially asked for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is the first step before making a statement for the White House. FEMA will be coming into the city to help assess the overall damage that the floods have brought to Metro Detroit. This assessment is necessary, prior to making a proposal towards the President, for more assistance in Michigan.
FEMA For Individuals
Residents and business owners that have been struck in flooded areas could receive over $32,000 a year from FEMA. Once FEMA comes in, a toll-free number will be available for those to call and apply for financial assistance. Housing, repairs, and replacement funding may also be available at this time, for those who cannot obtain claims through their insurance company.
Grants are also made available to cover personal property items, medical issues, and funeral expenses, such as transportation, due to the aftermath of a flood. Likewise, smaller loans may also be made available for those who are struggling with a loss of homes, cars, clothing, and other personal affects.
Once your application is submitted, it will go through a process of checks and balances to see what you can receive. Keep in mind, loan applications are a longer process than grants. In order to apply for a loan, you will need to have a valid ID, proof of ownership of damaged items, proof of income loss, or any other specific information related to your claim. Likewise, hold on to any receipts of additional costs that you occurred due to the flood.
FEMA For Cities
The FEMA public assistance program will help put the pieces back together for local governments, buildings, and other items of public use that were damaged. FEMA offers assistance based on counties. The per capita that would need to be proven between the Metro Detroit counties ranges from $3 to $6 million. These public assistance programs would help remove debris, provide more emergency and medical services, loans to local governments, and grants for public schools.
Stay with us at Tom’s Basement Waterproofing for more information on the FEMA process and if you can qualify for assistance. Likewise, if your basement is still in need of attention, call us today! (586) 776-7270