MICHIGAN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

MICHIGAN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU CALL US:

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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For those of you looking for employment through-out the United States, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico, simply send me an email to:
HTI EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE 05-14

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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 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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