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Peters Announces Michigan Receives Disaster Declaration After August Tornadoes and Storms

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) announced that President Joe Biden has approved part of the State of Michigan’s request for a Major Disaster declaration in nine counties across the state as a result of heavy storms in August 2023. The declaration makes support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual Assistance (IA) program available for residents of Eaton, Ingham, Ionia, Kent, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland and Wayne counties. In October, Senator Peters ledmembers of the Michigan congressional delegation in urging the declaration for the affected areas be made.


“After the severe storms and flooding we experienced in August, Michigan communities have worked tirelessly to repair and recover from the damages. However, it's clear we need to do more to help folks get back on their feet,” said Senator Peters. “I applaud the President for approving this request for a Major Disaster declaration, which will send critical federal resources to residents in need of support. As Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee overseeing our nation’s federal disaster response, I’ll continue working to ensure Michiganders and our communities can better withstand and recover from future natural disasters.” 

This FEMA assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can learn more at, by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), or by using the FEMA App