FEMA Updates

President Biden Issues Disaster Declaration Following Record Flooding
President Biden has issued a Disaster Declaration for Wayne and Washtenaw counties, allowing for individual federal assistance, as a result of the heavy rainfall and flooding that occurred on the early morning hours of June 26, 2021.

Registration Deadline for FEMA Assistance Extended to November 12
The FEMA registration deadline for the June 25/26 severe storms for individual disaster assistance has been extended to Friday, November 12, 2021.  The extension applies to residents living in Wayne and Washtenaw counties.  FEMA assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

In-person assistance remains available at FEMA centers in southeast Michigan. Individuals can visit any open center to get the help they need with the federal assistance process. To find the location closest to you, visit FEMA’s DRC locator page at https://egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator.

To register for assistance:

  • Visit DisasterAssistance.gov. Online applications must be completed no later than midnight, ET on November 12, 2021.
  • Call 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). Operators are multilingual and calls are answered 7am to 11pm ET, seven days a week.
  • Use the FEMA App.

For the latest information on Michigan’s disaster recovery, visit https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4607.

FEMA Documentation Drop-off Center
The State of Michigan and FEMA have established a Documentation Drop-off Center (DDC) for individuals impacted by the June 25-26 storms and floods to drop off documents:

20955 Bournemouth
WAYNE County

For the nearest Disaster Recovery Assistance Center (DRC) for help with FEMA or SBA aid, use this locator: 

Understanding Your FEMA Decision Letter and Appeal Options

Residents who registered with FEMA for disaster assistance following the June 25/26 severe storms and flooding will receive a letter explaining FEMA’s eligibility decision and the reason for that decision.

For those who are eligible, your FEMA letter will state the dollar amount of the grant and how the funds should be used. 

If you are ineligible for FEMA assistance, please read your FEMA decision letter carefully because it specifies why you are ineligible and recommends actions that may change the decision. You may need to provide additional information or documents before aid can be approved. If a mistake has been made, you should let FEMA know right away by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) or visiting a Disaster Recovery or Document Drop-off Center.  Click Here for additional information regarding FEMA decision letters and what next steps are available.  To write an appeal letter, please refer to the image below for guidance:

How to Write An Appeal Letter

Applying for Assistance

Before you apply for assistance, below are the steps you need to take to start your recovery process:
Step One: Take photos of your damaged home and belongings.

Step Two: Make a list of damaged/lost items.

Step Three: Save yourself time. If you have insurance, you must file a claim with your insurance company. If you do not have insurance, continue to Step Four.

Step Four - Now that you're ready to apply now for disaster assistance or you would like more information on the types of assistance available, please utilize one of the following methods:

1. Internet or Smartphone Application
You may apply for the Individuals and Households Program or check your application status at DisasterAssistance.gov. You may also access FEMA via a smartphone by downloading the application from their website or through your mobile provider’s application store.

2. By Phone
You may call FEMA toll-free at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) to apply for assistance or check your application status.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and use a Text Telephone (TTY), you may call 800-462-7585.

If you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), please use the standard toll-free FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362).

3. In Person
You may visit a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). To look up DRC locations:

Disaster Survivor Assistance team members may also visit door-to-door in your area. They will have official FEMA photo identification.

4. By Mail or Fax
You may mail updates to your application by mail or by fax.

Mail To:
P.O. Box 10055
Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055

Fax To:
Attn: FEMA

Documents You Will Need to Provide to FEMA:

  • Insurance determination letter. (Note: FEMA cannot provide assistance for losses that are covered by insurance.)
  • Proof of occupancy or ownership
  • Proof of ID

5. Online Application Process

CLICK HERE to begin the online application process.

  • If you are applying for both home and business disaster assistance, complete one registration to cover both.
  • If you are applying for multiple disasters, you will need to complete a registration for each disaster.
You'll need the following to complete your online registration:
  • Social Security Number (SSN) OR the SSN of a minor child in the household who is a U.S. Citizen, Non-Citizen National or Qualified Alien
  • Annual Household Income
  • Contact Information (phone number, mailing address, email address*, and damaged home address)
  • Insurance Information (Insurance determination letter, coverage, insurance company name, etc.  Note: FEMA cannot provide assistance for losses that are covered by insurance.)
  • Bank Account Information (if you are eligible to receive financial assistance, the money can be deposited in your account)

Note: You must provide an email address if you want to review your online registration status online. If you do not provide an email address, you will be required to contact FEMA for any updates to your registration.

Federal Disaster Aid Briefing Video
See various state and federal officials discuss the recent disaster aid declaration via Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence’s Facebook page.  (Discussion of FEMA’s Individual Assistance to Homeowner starts at 20-minute mark):


FEMA Hazard Mitigation For Home Repair Assistance
As part of its commitment to helping make communities stronger and more resilient, FEMA will include additional assistance for mitigation in Home Repair Assistance awards for disasters declared on or after May 26, 2021. This assistance will allow eligible homeowners impacted by Presidential Disaster Declarations to repair or rebuild stronger, more durable homes.  CLICK HERE for additional information.

If you need further information or assistance:
Call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362. This number is also for users of 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS). TTY users can call 1-800-462-7585. Helpline services are available seven days a week from 7am to 11pm ET.

If you use a relay service (a videophone, InnoCaption, CapTel, etc.), please provide your number assigned to that service. FEMA must be able to contact you. Be aware that phone calls from FEMA may appear to come from an unidentified number.

If you are having technical issues, call FEMA's Internet Help Desk at 1-800-745-0243. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To learn more, review the Help After a Disaster brochure. This provides policy and eligibility information for all assistance under the Individuals and Households Program (IHP). Visit the Individual Disaster Assistance page for more details.