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Potential Public Assistance Applicants:

On July 9, 2020, President Trump declared a Major Disaster Declaration for Arenac, Gladwin, Iosco, Midland and Saginaw counties as the result of severe storms and flooding that occurred May 16-22, 2020. Declaration 4547-DR-MI authorized assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance Grant Program (PAGP) to provide grants to state and local governments as well as certain nonprofit entities to assist with community response and recovery. The program aids with debris removal, emergency protective measures, and permanent restoration of infrastructure.

To receive federal reimbursement, all potential applicants are required to submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA) in FEMA’s Grants Portal (www.grantee.fema.gov). Once the RPA is submitted, federal officials will work with the appropriate applicant personnel to develop specific projects for consideration of reimbursement.

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) will host a virtual Applicant Briefing to provide an overview of the PAGP, discuss eligibility requirements, and explain the project application and reimbursement processes. To obtain maximum benefit from the information presented at the briefing, a potential applicant should have representatives from its management, emergency response, and accounting/finance/procurement operations participate.

Each potential applicant is required to attend a virtual Applicant Briefing. Please sign into the briefing chat with your name, agency, and email or phone number to confirm your attendance. Eligible applicants may include state, tribal, and local units of government as well as certain private/non-profit (PNP) organizations including those providing critical services such as education, emergency medical, utility and emergency services or essential social services, including but not limited to, community centers, homeless shelters, houses of worship, libraries, nursing homes, etc. For more details on potential applicant eligibility and a more comprehensive list of potential PNPs, please see the Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide (PAPPG)(V4), pages 42-48. The Applicant Briefing for 4547-DR-MI will be held on:

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

9:30 a.m. EST


The connection information and link for the Applicant Briefing is below (follow both steps):
To join the presentation:  http://breeze.mdch.train.org/emhsd1/  (To be used for questions and answers)
Call In:  1-877-820-7829 or 1-720-279-0026
Participant Access Code:  644574#

  1. Video portion - When you get to the URL above make sure “Guest” is chosen, then under “Name” type your agency, first and last name, and email or phone number, then click “Enter Room” to confirm your attendance.
  2. Audio portion – To hear the audio, you will also have to call in to the telephone number above and enter the participant access code above.

Applicant Briefing Announcement - 7/22 (PDF)


Click Here For Grants Portal Access


Thank you for your response and recovery efforts in ensuring the safety and recovery of Michigan citizens during this unprecedented event. Your dedication throughout this situation is truly commendable.

If you have any questions, please contact your MSP District Coordinator, your local emergency manager, or Ms. Tiffany Vedder, State Public Assistance Officer at veddert@michigan.gov.

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  • For additional information or questions regarding Public Assistance, please contact:
    Tiffany Vedder, State Public Assistance Officer
    veddert@michigan.gov or 517-599-5333

    Marisela Shellenbarger, Deputy Public Assistance Officer
    shellenbargerm@michigan.gov or 517-512-9676