MICHIGAN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

MICHIGAN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

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DISCLAIMER

Homeless To Independence Inc. is an All-Volunteer, Faith-Based, 501©3 non-profit organization. We do NOT receive any grant funding what-so-ever to pay bills for anyone in any situation. We do not give away money. We do not give out loans against any items for money.

This ministry is supported with generous financial donations that are used to help keep us functioning. Our purpose is to help supply individuals and families with personal needs such as food, toiletries, clothing, household items, furniture and baby/adult diapers/wipes both locally and to areas effected by disasters . At this time, we do not offer any shelter or transitional housing services. Again, we DO NOT pay any bills. We DO NOT pay any rents or mortgages.

If you are actually homeless, or about to be homeless or need emergency assistance of any kind, you can:

1. DIAL “211” from a:

a. Land line telephone. Tell the receiver your situation and what you need. They will give you information specific for the physical location you are currently at plus any referrals you may need. They have the most up to the minute information for your specific area. Dialing “211” will get you help and much more info than this office can provide. Homeless to Independence wants you to have all the information you need to get through the situation you are in.

b. Cell Telephone – This will ONLY bring you to the correct information center in the area code within the very same City/Town in the County & State you purchased/acquired your cell telephone in!

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a land-line telephone or cell telephone, go to your local police department, library, or house of worship and ask to use their land-line telephone. They may even make the call on your behalf.

2. Use the internet and go to: http://www.211.org/

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Homeless To Independence Inc. is not responsible for misprints or cancellations of events by the event holders, landlord and/or their agent, or ourselves. Homeless to Independence Inc. also reserves the right to “NOT” offer services to people and/or persons that are rude, unpleasant, and untruthful in any way shape or form, belligerent and the like.

OCCASIONALLY, THERE WILL BE ARTICLES BY OTHER WRITERS. HOMELESS TO INDEPENDENCE MAY NOT NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THEIR VIEWPOINTS, BUT WE DO RESPECT THEM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

OFFICE CONTACT INFO:

THE VERY BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME IS TO SEND ME AN EMAIL: ANN@HOMELESSTOINDEPENDENCE.ORG

OFFICE NUMBER IS: 1-732-264-7500

Please note that our office does have very limited volunteer staff and if we are one telephone line we cannot answer the other line. There is simply not enough time in the day to answer and/or return each and every telephone call.

IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, NO ONE WILL CONTACT YOU BACK.

THANK YOU!!!

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You are more than welcome to send in information on your on your emergency preparedness events…..
to michigan@homelesstoindependence.org

Thank you!

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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Gladwin County for Michigan Survivors
Release date:
August 16, 2017
Release Number:
NR-006

MIDLAND, Mich. – A Disaster Recovery Center is now open in Gladwin County to help residents through the assistance process after damages and losses suffered during the severe storms and flooding that occurred from June 22 – 27, 2017.

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are at the center to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans for businesses, homeowners and renters. They can also help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance.

The following location will be serving as a Disaster Recovery Center:

Gladwin County

MSU Co-Op Extension Office
555 W. Cedar Ave., Ste. A
Gladwin, MI 48624

The Disaster Recovery Center hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The center is closed on Sundays.

It is not necessary to visit a center to register for federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Residents in Bay, Gladwin, Midland and Isabella counties, including the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe in Isabella County, can register for assistance by the following methods:

Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through the FEMA App.
Call 800-621-3362. TTY users can call 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362 to register. Multilingual operators are available.

You may also call the FEMA Help Line at 800-621-3362 for any questions about federal disaster assistance.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

English: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4326
Spanish: https://www.fema.gov/es/disaster/4326

Last Updated:
August 16, 2017 – 17:14
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Disaster Recovery Center in Gladwin County Will Close
Release date:
August 21, 2017
Release Number:
NR-008

MIDLAND, Mich. – The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Gladwin County, will close at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25.

GLADWIN COUNTY

MSU Co-Op Extension Office
555 W. Cedar Ave., Ste. A
Gladwin, Mich. 48624

Residents can go to any DRC to get answers to their questions about FEMA disaster assistance. DRCs remain open in Bay, Isabella and Midland counties from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

To find the DRC closest to you, go to fema.gov/drc or text 43362 with the word DRC and your zip code.

Survivors with losses from the June 22-27 storms and flooding will save time by registering for help from FEMA before going to a DRC.

Register with FEMA either by calling 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585, or by going online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by using the smart phone FEMA App. If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services, call 800-621-3362. Operators are multilingual and calls are answered from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT seven days a week. Michigan Speech to Speech Relay Services:

English: 1-866-656-9826
Spanish: 1-866-656-9827

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

English: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4326
Spanish: https://www.fema.gov/es/disaster/4326

All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).
Last Updated:
August 21, 2017 – 16:52

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Free Repair, Rebuilding Advice Available in Midland County
Release date:
August 21, 2017
Release Number:
NR- 007

MIDLAND, MI. – As Michiganders repair or rebuild their homes damaged by the flooding and severe storms that occurred June 22-27, 2017, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and home improvement stores in Midland County are teaming up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

FEMA mitigation specialists will be on hand to answer questions and offer home improvement tips along with proven methods to prevent or reduce damage from future disasters as well as offer tips and techniques to build hazard-resistant homes. Most of the information and the free publications provided are geared to do-it-yourself work and general contractors.

Recovery topics covered include flood insurance, elevating utilities and rebuilding flooded homes.

FEMA advisors will be available at the following store:

County

Location

Dates

Hours

Midland

Gill-Roy’s Hardware

3128 S. Jefferson Ave.

Midland, Mi. 48640

Tues. – Sat.

Aug. 22 – 26

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Free reference booklets with information on protecting a home from flood damage will be available. More information about strengthening property can be found at https://www.fema.gov/protect-your-property.

FEMA specialists can provide general information regarding flood insurance policies and offer technical assistance to aid in recovery. Disaster survivors and others can find a list of home improvement stores hosting FEMA mitigation specialists and their hours at:

English: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4326
Spanish: https://www.fema.gov/es/disaster/4326

To get in touch with FEMA, survivors may call the Helpline at 800-621-3362, TTY 800-462-7585, or going online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or the smart phone FEMA App. If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services, call 800-621-3362. Operators are multilingual and calls are answered from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT seven days a week. Michigan Speech to Speech Relay Services:

English: 1-866-656-9826
Spanish: 1-866-656-9827

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms and flooding between June 22 – 27, 2017, in Bay, Gladwin, Isabella, and Midland counties.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

English: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4326
Spanish: https://www.fema.gov/es/disaster/4326

All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).

Last Updated:
August 21, 2017 – 11:40
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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Bay County for Michigan Survivors
Release date:
August 14, 2017
Release Number:
NR-005

MIDLAND, Mich. – A Disaster Recovery Center is now open in Bay County to help residents through the assistance process after damages and losses suffered during the severe storms and flooding that occurred from June 22 – 27, 2017.

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are at the center to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses. They can also help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance.

The following location will be serving as a Disaster Recovery Center:

Bay County

Bay City Town Center
4101 E. Wilder Road
Bay City, MI 48706

The Disaster Recovery Center hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The center is closed on Sundays.

More centers will open as sites are identified. It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Residents in Bay, Gladwin, Midland and Isabella counties, including the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe in Isabella County, can register for assistance by the following methods:

Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through the FEMA App.
Call 800-621-3362. TTY users can call 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362 to register. Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

English: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4326
Spanish: https://www.fema.gov/es/disaster/4326

Last Updated:
August 14, 2017 – 17:46
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Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Isabella County for Michigan Survivors
Release date:
August 11, 2017
Release Number:
NR-004

Midland, Mich. – A Disaster Recovery Center is now open in Isabella County to help residents through the assistance process after damages and losses suffered during the severe storms and flooding that occurred from June 22 – 27, 2017.

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are at the center to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses. They can also help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance.

The following location will be serving as a Disaster Recovery Center:

Isabella County

4855 E. Bluegrass Road
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

The Disaster Recovery Center hours are from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Saturday. The center is closed on Sundays.

More centers will open as sites are identified and approved. It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Residents in Bay, Gladwin, Midland and Isabella counties, including the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe in Isabella County, can register for assistance by the following methods:

Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through the FEMA App.
Call 800-621-3362. TTY users can call 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362 to register.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

English: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4326
Spanish: https://www.fema.gov/es/disaster/4326

Last Updated:
August 11, 2017 – 14:32
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FEMA Teams Canvassing Neighborhoods to Help Michigan Flood Survivors
Release date:
August 8, 2017
Release Number:
NR-02

Midland, Mich. – Four teams of disaster survivor assistance (DSA) specialists are now working in affected areas in north-central Michigan, helping survivors of the devastating severe storms and flooding that occurred on June 22 – 27.

The teams will be in each of the designated areas— Bay, Gladwin, Midland and Isabella Counties—and are made up of disaster specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Using the latest mobile technology, these teams can register survivors with disaster assistance, update their records and make referrals to community partners. Team members tailor the information and services they provide to the individual survivor’s needs.

Like all FEMA field personnel, team members carry official identification. Residents are encouraged to ask for official identification before providing personal information.

In addition to the registration opportunity offered by these teams, survivors can register for assistance by the following methods:

Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through the FEMA App.
Call 800-621-3362. TTY users can call 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services can call 800-621-3362 to register.

By registering with FEMA, survivors may qualify for federal disaster assistance such as:

Grants to rent a temporary place to live.
Grants for essential home repairs not covered by insurance.
Grants for disaster-related needs not covered by insurance — such as medical, dental, transportation, funeral expenses, moving and storage fees, personal property loss and child care.

Disaster survivor assistance teams may offer residents the opportunity to use a tablet computer to register, or ask to enter information on their behalf. They will never require Michigan residents to provide personal information. If residents prefer to use personal computers or phones to register, they can call 1-800-621-3362 (TTY 1-800-462-7585), visit DisasterAssistance.gov or use a mobile device at m.fema.gov.

Anyone with knowledge of fraud, waste or abuse may call the FEMA Fraud Hotline at 1-800-323-8603. You may also send an email to DHSOIGHotline@dhs.gov. Reports may also be made via the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362 (TTY 1-800-462-7585) or with state or local law enforcement officials or consumer agencies.

Registering with FEMA is also the first step in qualifying for help from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Low-interest disaster loans from SBA are available to businesses of all sizes (including landlords), homeowners, renters, and private non-profit organizations to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance. Low-interest disaster loans help fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged real estate and personal property.

Disaster survivors who called FEMA but did not finalize their registration and those who reported damage only to local authorities still need to contact FEMA to receive FEMA assistance. Anyone who does not have a registration number is not yet registered.

The application deadline is October 2, 2017.

Last Updated:
August 8, 2017 – 17:17
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Survivors of June floods may register by phone or online
Release date:
August 4, 2017
Release Number:
DR-4326-MI NR-001

Midland, Mich. – Michigan residents affected by severe storms and flooding June 22 through 27 may now call or go online to register for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), according to state and federal officials. Aid is available to eligible applicants in Bay, Gladwin, Isabella, and Midland Counties and the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe within Isabella County.

Individuals, including those who use 711 relay or VRS, are encouraged to call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) while those who use TTY can call 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT seven days a week until further notice.

Another option is to register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through the FEMA App.

Information applicants need to provide includes the following:

Social Security Number;
Daytime telephone number;
Current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property; and
Private insurance information, if available.

When an applicant registers, each is given a unique registration number. The registration number is important and should be written down and kept handy.

Disaster survivors who called FEMA but did not finalize their registration and those who reported damage only to local authorities still need to contact FEMA to receive FEMA assistance. Anyone who does not have a registration number is not yet registered.

The application deadline is October 2, 2017.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

English: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4326
Spanish: https://www.fema.gov/es/disaster/4326

Last Updated:
August 4, 2017 – 15:13
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Formidable Footprint – A Community / Neighborhood Exercise

Description The Formidable Footprint exercise series has been developed in accordance with Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) protocols. The objective of the exercise series is for CERTs, Neighborhood Watch Programs, Neighborhood Associations, Community / Faith Based Organizations, Citizen Corps, Fire Corps and others to work as a team to become better prepared for the next disaster their community may face. There is NO CHARGE for participation in any of the Formidable Footprint exercises. For additional information or to register for up-coming exercises please access the following web site today: www.FormidableFootprint.org

This is a Virtual Event –

Contact Information (Name / Phone / Weblink) Chris Floyd / 850-241-3565 / chrisfloyd@drc-group.com

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WE LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED WHEN IT COMES TO HELPING OTHERS!!

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