LIVE Telephone Town Hall about the resources from FEMA – 07.14.2020 at 7:05 PM

News from Congressman John Moolenaar

Tonight at 7:05 PM, I am hosting a live telephone town hall about the resources from FEMA and other federal agencies that are now available to Michigan residents following the federal government’s disaster declaration for the May flooding. 

The call will include officials from FEMA, the Small Business Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development, and the Michigan State Police, to take questions from residents and discuss how their departments can assist in rebuilding.

Residents can sign up to be a part of the call at Moolenaar.House.Gov/Live, where it will also be livestreamed tonight.

Residents can also begin the application for assistance at DisasterAssistance.Gov, or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). For the hearing and speech impaired, the number is 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). Both numbers are staffed from 7 AM to 10 PM ET, seven days a week. I look forward to speaking with you during tonight’s event. Sincerely,

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Washington D.C. Office
Cannon HOB 117
Washington, D. C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3561
Fax: (202) 225-9679

Midland Office
200 East Main Street
Suite 230
Midland, MI 48640
Phone: (989) 631-2552
Fax: (989) 631-6271

Cadillac Office
201 North Mitchell Street
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Cadillac, MI 49601
Phone: (231) 942-5070
Fax: (231) 876-9505  

Press Release – 07.10.2020 – Must Register with FEMA

Affected persons or businesses MUST REGISTER with FEMA to determine eligibility regardless of any previous reporting.  Any of the below sites and numbers can be used.


FEMA Mobile App

1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) Also includes persons utilizing 711 relay or VRS.  (Available 7AM to 10PM 7 days a week.)

TTY users can call 1-800-462-7585.

Again, regardless of any previous reporting, an applicant MUST do one of the above to determine eligibility.

More information will be forthcoming as we get it from FEMA.

Robert North

Gladwin County EM/HSD

Press Release – 07.10.2020 – River Bottoms Safety

Please be aware that with the rain today, the now exposed areas of the rivers/lakes that have been drawn down may experience further destabilization.   For your own safety and that of first responders, DO NOT WALK OR RIDE IN THE NOW EXPOSED RIVER AND LAKE BEDS.  Additionally, high points may experience further erosion making them unstable to access.

Whitmer’s Request for a Major Disaster Declaration for Mid-Michigan Counties Impacted by May Floods Approved by President Trump


July 9, 2020
Tiffany Brown, 517-335-6397
Dale George, 517-284-3962  

Governor Whitmer’s Request for a Major Disaster Declaration for Mid-Michigan Counties Impacted by May Floods Approved by President Trump

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today announced President Donald Trump has declared a major disaster area for mid-Michigan counties affected by widespread and severe flooding and dam failures in May.

“Seeing the people and businesses of these communities pull together to help one another after this 500-year flooding event continues to inspire me,” said Governor Whitmer. “The devastation of this disaster touched thousands of Michigan families and businesses and this federal declaration is an important step in our efforts to continue to provide assistance as they recover and rebuild.”

On May 19, 2020, Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency for the counties affected by the dam failures and requested and received a federal emergency declaration for Midland and Gladwin counties, which unlocked limited federal assistance. On May 27, 2020, she expanded her declaration to include Iosco County. The same day, the governor directed the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) launch an investigation into what caused the Edenville and Sanford dams to fail.

The flooding was caused by an area of low pressure stalled across the Great Lakes region, bringing a prolonged period of rainfall to Michigan from May 17 to May 19. Persistent steady rain resulted in excessive two-day rainfall totals reaching record levels at some locations.