Music and NPR News for Central and Northern Michigan
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Local/Regional News

FEMA says deadline to file for grants from summer storms in southeast counties is Friday

FEMA's request for cadaver pouches follows warnings at the White House of coronavirus death tolls surpassing 100,000.
FEMA's request for cadaver pouches follows warnings at the White House of coronavirus death tolls surpassing 100,000.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it has issued more than 150 million dollars in assistance to residents in Southeast Michigan.

FEMA has been issuing grants to people impacted by a devastating storm that rolled through the region June 25th through 26th.

Originally, disaster assistance was only available to people in Wayne and Washtenaw counties, but funding later expanded to include residents in Macomb and Oakland counties.

FEMA Spokesperson La-Tanga Hopes says the agency has tried to make the aid accessible to all residents.

“We've looked at the fact that the predominant amount of people that speak here in a foreign language or need any language support would be Spanish. We've looked at the fact that even there's a large number of Arabic residents here. And we've made that available, which is unique because that was my first time seeing that.”

Hopes says the agency also opened up nine walk-in centers in communities hit hard by the storm. The deadline for residents to apply for FEMA aid is this Friday (11/12).