Response Efforts Increased to Distribute Water Resources to Flint Residents; Thousands of water resources have been distributed due to collaborative effort

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January 15, 2016
Release # 5
For more information contact: Joint Information Center 888-EMD-TODAY (888-363-8632)

Beginning on Saturday, January 16, water distribution efforts will expand with more than 20 water response teams going door to door to distribute safe water resources to the homes of Flint residents.  These teams will consist of state personnel and American Red Cross volunteers, including approximately 250 State of Michigan employees and their family members who will volunteer Saturday through Monday.

Since January 12, the water resource teams have provided nearly 7,500 Flint homes with bottled water, filters, replacement cartridges and water testing kits. 

All members of the water response teams will be wearing official credentialed badges with a State of Michigan seal hologram so they can be easily identified. 

“With more teams going door to door, we are confident we will double our efforts to ensure residents receive these much needed resources as soon as possible,” said Capt. Chris Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division. 

Since January 9, the following resources have been distributed to residents, both at the water resource sites and by the water response teams:

  • More than 18,500 cases of water
  • Nearly 46,000 filters
  • More than 3,200 water testing kits

In addition to donated supplies, the State of Michigan has purchased the following resources, since January 5, which will continue to be delivered to Flint over the coming days:

  • Nearly 45,000 cases of water
  • Nearly 79,000 filters
  • Nearly 19,000 water testing kits

Flint residents can continue to visit the water resource sites to receive free bottled water, filters, replacement cartridges and water testing kits.  The sites are open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and are located at:

Fire Station #1
310 East 5th St.
Flint, MI 48502

Fire Station #3
1525 Martin Luther King Ave.
Flint, MI 48503

Fire Station #5
3402 Western Road
Flint, MI 48506

Fire Station #6
716 West Pierson Road
Flint, MI 48505

Fire Station #8
202 East Atherton Road
Flint, MI 48507

The state of Michigan continues to coordinate response efforts in partnership with the city of Flint, Genesee County and local community organizations.

Additional information is available at www.michigan.gov/flintwater or by calling 211.  

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