LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas is reminding mid-Michigan businesses, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters affected by historic May flooding that they have until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30 to register for federal assistance.
“In the wake of unimaginable flooding, we were blessed to have many people, organizations and businesses step up to help affected residents,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “Although many area families and businesses are still struggling to recover, there is still time to register for federal assistance — but the application deadline is quickly approaching.”
The federal assistance includes grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA).
Anyone in Arenac, Gladwin, Iosco, Midland and Saginaw counties with physical damages due to the severe storms and flooding on May 16-22 can and should apply by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov or through the FEMA app.
The SBA has also opened a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center to help survivors apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via the SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoanAssistance.sba.gov. There are virtual customer support representatives available to assist applicants with completing the online application.
Grants from FEMA can be used to help make homes safe, sanitary and functional and also provide rental assistance to people until they can return to their homes. In addition to helping small businesses, the SBA offers low-interest loans for both economic injury for lost rental income and for physical disaster damage.
According to the SBA, as of Sept. 27, they have approved 458 disaster loans totaling $31.3 million. As of Sept. 24, FEMA has approved over $24.7 million in disaster grant assistance in the five counties and more than $26.8 million in claims through the National Flood Insurance Program.