Gov. Rick Snyder opens Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund for Marquette County

Contact: Jackie Hampton, MSP/EMHSD, 517-243-0149

January 9, 2017

Gov. Rick Snyder today opened the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund to provide financial assistance to Marquette County after severe flooding caused significant and widespread damages on Oct. 16 – 18, 2016.

The authorization allows affected local governments to apply for assistance grants for up to $100,000.

“I commend the first responders and agencies throughout Marquette County for their dedication to ensuring the health and safety of the citizens who were affected by this incident,” Snyder said. “While great progress has been made rebuilding roads, many of the county’s resources have been depleted. Money from this fund will help cover some of the costs incurred while responding to and recovering from this disaster.”

State statute provides that under extraordinary circumstances, the governor may authorize reimbursement from the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund to provide state assistance to counties and municipalities when federal emergency reimbursement is not available.

The money can be applied toward costs associated with the response to a disaster or emergency, covering overtime for public employees, contracts, shelter supplies, gasoline and repair of public buildings and roads.

The Michigan Emergency Management Act regulates the maximum amount disbursed from the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund at $100,000, or 10 percent of the total annual operating budget for the preceding fiscal year of the county or municipality, whichever is less.

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division will administer the grant program and assist local governments with applying for the funds. Snyder declared a state of disaster for Marquette County on Oct. 21. By declaring a disaster, he has made available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts in the affected area.

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is responsible for coordinating state and federal resources to assist local government in response and relief activities in the event of an emergency or disaster, as well as coordinating homeland security initiatives and various federal grants. Follow MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at MichEMHS and visit our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/MichEMHS.