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Michigan Severe Storms & Flooding 2020

SEVERE STORMS & FLOODING HELP FOR PEOPLE IN MICHIGAN

Disaster Legal Hotline: 1-866-418-8315

Severe storms and flooding hit areas of Michigan from May 16-22, 2020On July 9, 2020, a Major Disaster Declaration was issued for the state of Michigan, making federal funding available to individuals and households who sustained damage as a result of the severe storms and flooding. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. People in the following areas are eligible to receive federal disaster assistance. Additional areas may be designated later. Please check here for updates.

  • Arenac (County)
  • Gladwin (County)
  • Iosco (County)
  • Midland (County)
  • Saginaw (County)

For this disaster (DR-4547), assistance for affected individuals and families is available and people are urged to apply through FEMA.

Disaster Number: 4547

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

FEMA Application Deadline Monday, September 7, 2020
Appeal Your FEMA Decision

If you would like to appeal FEMA's determination on assistance, you have 60 days from the date on the determination letter to do so.


Key resources for those impacted by this disaster

GOVERNMENT DISASTER RELIEF BENEFITS

Residents and businesses affected by this disaster can apply for government disaster relief benefits in several ways:

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
  • On the FEMA Mobile App,
  • Text “DRC” and a zip code to 43362 (4FEMA) to locate a Disaster Recovery Center in your area (standard message and data rates apply), or by
  • Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Time, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages. 
  • For official news and press releases related to this disaster, please visit FEMA's News & Updates section
  • Note: Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process.
  • Download this quick guide for an overview on the disaster assistance process.

LEGAL ASSISTANCE AND RESOURCES

  • A LEGAL AID HOTLINE is now available for survivors in Michigan who cannot pay for an attorney:
    • Survivors may CALL 1-866-418-8315 between 9:00am and 5:00pm, Monday through Thursday and 9:00am and 1:00pm on Friday (local time) to request assistance.
    • Click here for the full press release. Individuals who qualify for assistance will be matched with Michigan lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal limited help.
  • For legal assistance and other helpful recovery information, you can visit:  
    • Lakeshore Legal Aid by visiting http://www.lakeshorelegalaid.org/. Lakeshore Legal Aid serves low-income people, seniors, and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in a holistic manner to address clients’ legal issues and improve communities in Michigan. 
    • Legal Services of Eastern Michigan by visiting http://www.lsem-mi.org/. Legal Services of Eastern Michigan makes its mission to use legal skills and advocacy to address the causes and effects of poverty. If you are seeking legal help, please contact the Counsel and Advocacy Law Line at 1-888-783-8190 to conduct an intake. 
    • United Policyholders United Policyholders specializes in helping disaster survivors with insurance claim issues.
    • ABA Disaster Legal Services Program: Through the Disaster Legal Services Program, the ABA Young Lawyers Division (ABA-YLD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provide immediate temporary legal assistance to disaster survivors at no charge. Please visit their page here for other disaster recovery resources.
  • If you need to appeal a FEMA denial on your own, please see here to get an interactive form to appeal and letter requesting a copy of your file.

  • For Frequently Asked Questions about FEMA appeals, please click here.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest on the News page.
  • Help After a Disaster: FEMA's Guide for the Individual Applicants
  • You might get a call about applying for an SBA loan.  Listen!
  • Do you need help understanding the FEMA application and appeals process? Click here to download "Figuring Out FEMA," a friendly guide that explains FEMA's general disaster relief assistance process. 

OTHER RESOURCES THAT CAN HELP

ARE YOU AN ATTORNEY WHO CAN HELP? 

  • Familiarize yourself with the resources and trainings available at https://www.disasterlegalaid.org/trainings/.
  • Bookmark United Policyholder's (UP) website and resources, including the Roadmap to Recovery and Advocacy and Action. UP's mission is to be a trustworthy and useful information resource and an effective voice for consumers of all types of insurance in all 50 states.
  • Consider joining the National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center to connect with other attorneys and advocates responding to natural disasters. The Center offers monthly training calendar emails, specialized advocacy resources, a member roster, and discussion lists you can sign up for.