Severe Storms and Flooding Disaster (FEMA DR-4121-MI): Public Assistance Grant Program

President Barack Obama declared on June 18, 2013, a major disaster area for 16 counties across Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas due to the severe flood damage that occurred from April 16 to May 14. The affected counties were Allegan, Barry, Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Ionia, Kent, Keweenaw, Marquette, Midland, Muskegon, Newaygo, Ontonagon, Osceola, Ottawa and Saginaw.

This declaration provided public assistance grants for affected state and local governments to rebuild roads, bridges and other public facilities and infrastructure. Eligible private non-profits that provide government-like services were are also eligible to apply.

"The losses incurred by Michigan's communities have been severe due to the magnitude of the regional flooding," Gov. Rick Snyder said. "This presidential declaration is the first step in providing assistance to our state and local governments as they rebuild their roads, bridges and other public infrastructure. I appreciate the federal government's recognition of the severity of this incident and its prompt response."

In July, representatives from the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducted applicant briefings with community officials throughout the affected disaster areas in Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas. These meetings addressed application procedures, administrative requirements, funding and program eligibility.

Communities statewide were also eligible for the hazard mitigation assistance program to help reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards. Mitigation measures can help reduce personal loss, save lives, and lessen the cost of responding to and recovering from future disasters.

"I strongly encourage our communities to seize the opportunity for hazard mitigation assistance to enhance the safety of Michigan's citizens," said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. "With federal aid, our communities can initiate projects to save lives and protect public property and health."


Public Assistance Grant Program Resources

Have a question about the disaster declaration process? Call the MSP/EMHSD at 517-336-6464.