Gov. Rick Snyder Opens Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund for Macomb County

Contact: F/Lt. Gabe Covey, MSP/EMHSD, 517-927-5362

February 3, 2017

Gov. Rick Snyder has opened the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund to provide financial assistance to affected jurisdictions within Macomb County, due to the sewer collapse experienced in the city of Fraser on Dec. 24, 2016.

The authorization allows affected local governments to apply for assistance grants for up to $100,000.

“I commend the first responders and agencies throughout impacted communities for their dedication to ensuring the health and safety of the citizens who were affected by this incident,” Snyder said. “While progress is being made to address the situation, some of the local jurisdiction resources have been depleted. Money from this fund will help cover some of the costs incurred while responding to and recovering from this incident.”

State statute provides that under extraordinary circumstances, the governor may authorize reimbursement from the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund to provide state assistance to counties and municipalities when federal emergency reimbursement is not available.

The money can be applied toward costs associated with the response to a disaster or emergency, covering overtime for public employees, contracts, shelter supplies, gasoline and repair of public buildings and roads.
The Michigan Emergency Management Act regulates the maximum amount disbursed from the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund at $100,000, or 10 percent of the total annual operating budget for the preceding fiscal year of the county or municipality, whichever is less.

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division will administer the grant program and assist local governments with applying for the funds.

Snyder declared a state of disaster for Macomb County on January 5 and amended the declaration to
include Clinton Township on January 17. By declaring an emergency, he has made available all state
resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts in the affected area.

Earlier this week, the state Legislature approved an emergency declaration extension requested by
Snyder allowing Macomb County and Clinton Township to remain under a state declaration of emergency
through March 31, 2017.

Extension of the state’s emergency declaration through March 31 enables state and local partners to
continue coordinated efforts using all available resources to assist residents of Macomb County.