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FEMA and Disability Network Oakland & Macomb Virtual Speakers Panel: Resources and Information for Individuals Impacted by the Late June Storms and Flooding

Troy, Michigan – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Disability Network Oakland & Macomb (DNOM) will present a virtual town hall presentation taking place Friday, October 22, 2021 on Zoom. 

Date: Friday, October 22, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/48dmvc5e

If you, or someone you know, has been impacted by the June 25 – 26, 2021, severe storms and floods in Macomb and Oakland counties, this virtual event is for you. FEMA and DNOM are hosting a panel discussion about resources to help your recovery process:

·      FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program
·      U.S. Small Businesses Administration (SBA)
·      Flood Insurance and Disaster Risk Reduction Options
·      Other Recovery Resources that May Be Available to You

Disability Network Oakland & Macomb is hosting the event for all residents and business owners in the affected areas, however, they are specifically hoping to connect with residents who have disabilities.  “We are grateful for the outreach efforts and support FEMA has shown for families with disabilities who were impacted by the storms” said DNOM Community Relations Director Chip Werner.  “We are planning several outreach opportunities following the October 22nd virtual event to connect families with resources.”

On June 25 and 26, heavy rainfall caused widespread flooding in southeast Michigan, damaging infrastructure and private property.  In September, FEMA granted Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s request to expand a previous Major Disaster Declaration to include households in Macomb and Oakland counties. The federal declaration makes households affected by the flooding in Macomb and Oakland counties eligible to apply for individual assistance, such as grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help people and businesses recover.

“We are very thankful the governor pursued the reconsideration on behalf of Macomb County and appreciate that the federal government granted this much-needed support,” said Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel.

“I’m grateful for Governor Whitmer’s advocacy in fighting for our residents still struggling with the damage of this summer’s devastating storms,” said Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter. “As these events continue to increase, it’s helpful to have an ally in Lansing and someone who also understands the importance of infrastructure investments that will help reduce the severity of future storms.”

Disability Network Oakland & Macomb is committed to promoting inclusion for all by breaking down barriers and opening paths towards independence and personal choice through resources, advocacy, information, support, and education.

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