William Shatner reflects on life in new book "Boldly Go"
William Shatner has a new book, "Boldly Go," which features reflections on his career from Captain Kirk to exploring the edge of space. "CBS Sunday Morning" correspondent Lee Cowan talks with Shatner about his passion for life, loss and his love of adventure.news.yahoo.com
This week on "Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan," October 2, 2022: Criswell, Scott, Krebs, McMaster, Anderson
FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell, Florida Sen. Rick Scott, former Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Chris Krebs and more will appear on "Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan" this Sunday.cbsnews.com
Biden says differences with DeSantis not an issue in getting aid to Floridians
Responding to a reporter at FEMA headquarters, President Biden said his political differences with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has not gotten in the way of helping in recovery efforts after Hurricane Ian. “This is about saving people’s lives, homes and businesses,” Biden said. “It’s not a matter of my disagreements with him on other items.”news.yahoo.com
Michigan election workers want more done to keep them safe as they face threats, harassment
During the 2020 election, Canton Township Clerk Michael Siegrist’s office collected more than 57,000 ballots. They did it safely and securely. But once the counting was done, the threats started, coming by the dozens.
Federal officials hit the ground in Gaylord to assess tornado damage
GAYLORD, MI - Crews from the Federal Emergency Management System were in Gaylord Wednesday, May 25, to assess damage caused by last week’s EF3 tornado. Whitmer already declared a state of emergency after the May 20 tornado ripped through Gaylord, killing two people and injuring 44. “It’s important to recognize that we don’t duplicate assistance,” Peterson said. FEMA and the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division aim to hand off the damage assessment to the state within 30 days. Which is it and whyWatch video, see more photos of catastrophic damage from Gaylord tornadomlive.com
Michigan Gov. Whitmer: FEMA request for expedited damage assessment of Gaylord tornado approved
FEMA has granted the Governor's request for a joint PDA with state and local officials to help expedite review of the damages and response costs. The PDA is the next step in the process of asking for federal assistance.
How people across the country are denied recovery after natural disasters by the Federal Emergency Management Agency
The Post spent a year chronicling how the Federal Emergency Management Agency is struggling in its increasingly urgent mission to help America’s disaster survivors in the age of climate change and stark inequalitywashingtonpost.com
Sanford receives almost $1 million in FEMA funds to help remove damaged homes
MIDLAND COUNTY, MI - The village of Sanford will receive $931,930 in FEMA funds to cover the cost of purchasing and demolishing 14 homes damaged by the May 2020 Edenville Dam collapse, according to a news release from FEMA. The 14 damaged homes are located in the floodplain of the Tittabawassee River and their removal will help mitigate the community’s flood vulnerability, according to the release. FEMA will cover 75% of the $1,242,573 eligible project cost, with the remaining funds coming from Sanford, according to the release. FEMA will also cover $25,000 in management costs associated with the grant. Attorney for Edenville flooding victims says state engaging in delay tactics through appealsmlive.com
Major Disaster Declaration expanded to include Macomb and Oakland counties after record flooding
On Saturday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency has granted her request to expand the Major Disaster Declaration to include households in Macomb and Oakland counties following heavy rainfall and flooding across southeast Michigan in late June. FEMA’s agreement to expand the disaster declaration follows a letter Whitmer sent to FEMA appealing a previous denial of assistance to the areas.
FEMA extends deadline for Michigan flood relief to Oct. 13
FEMA announced the Sept. 13 deadline is extended to Oct. 13 to give residents extra time to seek reimbursement for damages caused by rainstorms from June 25-26. More than 40,000 applications were approved as of Wednesday, opening up $118 million in federal funds to Southeast Michigan residents. FEMA assistance includes money for rent, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. FEMA also opened six locations in Wayne County where residents can get help applying for assistance programs. FEMA representatives are urging Southeast Michigan residents to reapply for federal aid if their initial claim was denied.mlive.com
FEMA experts hold “Protect Your Property” workshop on rebuilding after flood damage, Aug. 26
Photo: Imad Mohamad/The Arab American NewsFederal disaster experts are hosting a workshop on property damage mitigation and recovery after last June’s floods in Dearborn. In addition, residents can learn mitigation techniques in order to protect their homes or businesses in the event of future disasters. Corps of Engineers Emergency Management, the Small Business Association, the National Flood Insurance Program, the Economic Development Administration and more. Workshop attendees are encouraged to wear face masks and to practice social distancing. Extra masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the sign-in table upon arrival.arabamericannews.com
Flood claim denied? FEMA wants you to try again
DETROIT, MI -- A letter of denial doesn’t necessarily dash your chances of receiving disaster relief funds -- FEMA representatives are urging Southeast Michigan residents to try, try again. “Denial letters are just the beginning of the conversation.”Metro Detroit residents still remember the last time FEMA rolled into town, and that experience is coloring their decision to seek aid. Minyetta Nelson, a lifelong Detroiter and talk radio personality, feels burned since FEMA denied her last flood damage claim in 2014. Rippy isn’t sure why FEMA denied his claim, and he’s not enthused about taking out a loan. READ MORE ON MLIVE:Time is running out to apply for FEMA disaster relief for Michigan floodsWaiting for a basement bailout?mlive.com
Flood/sewer backup damage and estimated losses form due in Dearborn by Aug. 9
A van sits half-submerged in water after sever rainstorm caused massive flooding in Dearborn, June 26. Photo: Imad Mohamad/The Arab American NewsDEARBORN – Residents who experienced flooding or sewer backups in their homes during the June 25-26 storms are asked to fill out a flood/ sewer backup damage and estimated losses report form to the city by Monday, Aug. 9. Those without Internet access or who have questions can contact the Dearborn Flood Response Call Center at (313) 586-3181. The August 9 deadline is dictated by state law, which gives property owners 45 days to report damage after a flooding event. By submitting the form within 45 days of the event, property owners have met the legal requirement for notifying the city of their damages.arabamericannews.com
Time is running out to apply for FEMA disaster relief for Michigan floods
FEMA Coordinating Officer Scott Burgess urged Southeast Michigan residents to contact federal officials during a virtual town hall last week. Representatives from FEMA, SBA, Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division, and other state agencies will be present. From that record your eligibility for disaster assistance will be determined. If you suspect someone is committing fraud, call the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721 or your local police department. Homes and roadways in Southeast Michigan flooded at least two more times since the deluge in late June.mlive.com
Dearborn residents must apply to FEMA for relief, despite reporting damage to city
Additionally, this preliminary information was needed for the city to alert FEMA to the extent of the damage, and to assist in requesting a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration. However, the city does not forward an individual’s household information to FEMA. The deadline to apply for financial relief with FEMA is Monday, Sept. 13. Homeowners, businesses, renters, and non-profit organizations can also apply for low-interest disaster assistance loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA representatives will also be present at FEMA’s DRC in the Henry Ford Centennial Library.arabamericannews.com
Federal, state officials survey flood damage to Wayne County homes
DETROIT, MI -- State and federal officials are visiting homes damaged by historic flooding in Wayne County to gauge whether Michigan qualifies for disaster relief funds. Teams of assessors from FEMA, the Michigan State Police, U.S. Small Business Administration and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s office started canvassing neighborhoods throughout the county Thursday. Detroit’s flood emergency call center documented around 80,000 complaints, though officials said the number of impacted homes is likely higher. Wheeler said Detroit city officials have long known about the threat flooding poses to his community, and he’s frustrated that the situation has recurred every few years. Whitmer approves state of emergency orders for Washtenaw, Ionia, Huron countiesMichigan Attorney General warns of tow companies, contractors taking advantage of flood damagemlive.com
‘He’s going to help us’ -- Detroit mayor Mike Duggan meets with President Biden regarding disaster assistance
“He told his staff that he wanted the Emergency Order done for Detroit as fast as legally possible so we can get money into the hands of our residents for reimbursements as quickly as possible,” Duggan said.
More than 13,000 people vaccinated at Ford Field in first 3 days
DETROIT – Ford Field has vaccinated more than 13,000 people since opening Wednesday. The 13,000 vaccinated is below FEMA’s goal of 6,000 vaccinations per day, but Ford Field reported that more than 14,000 appointments were made on the first day and the vaccine rollout is expected to remain steady. READ: Ford Field mass COVID vaccination site aims to administer 355,000 vaccines over next 2 monthsAd“I found out about the program from Meijer last week,” said Crystal Lewis, who received her first dose. AdRelated: Dozens show up to Ford Field without appointments hoping to receive vaccineHere’s how to registerYou can click here to register online. READ: Michigan COVID-19 vaccinations: How to find appointments, info on phases
Morning Briefing March 26, 2021: 30% of Michiganders have received 1 COVID vaccine dose, lawmakers urge Michigan State University to release documents in Larry Nassar investigation
Jennifer Lira, left, a childcare specialist in the Spring Branch Independent School District, receives a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination shot from nurse Carolyn Roy during a vaccination drive for education workers Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Michigan has crossed another COVID-19 vaccination milestone: 30% of residents have received at least one vaccine dose. According to MDHHS data, as of Thursday, 30.3% of Michigan residents have received at least one dose, while 17.4% are fully vaccinated. AdOn Wednesday, the state reported 637,645 total cases and 15,935 deaths. AdMichigan has reported more than 3.8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered, as of Thursday, with 30.3% of residents having received at least one dose.
No shows at Ford Field Thursday leaves COVID-19 vaccines available for walk-ins
DETROIT – The mass vaccination site set up at Ford Field by FEMA has the capacity to vaccinate up to 6,000 people a day. On Thursday, there were no shows, meaning there was an excess of vaccine doses. FEMA and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services put out the word that if you could get to Ford Field by 6 p.m., they would vaccinate you -- no age restrictions applied. READ: ‘I want to live’ -- Ford Field vaccine recipients share reasons for getting COVID shotPeople hustled to get there and a line of several hundred formed quickly. “A friend got a text that they were doing COVID vaccines at Ford Field and I was just up the street, " said Michael Cunningham.
‘I want to live’ -- Ford Field vaccine recipients share reasons for getting COVID shot
DETROIT – Thousands of COVID-19 vaccines are expected to be distributed daily at Ford Field for the next several months. Wednesday marked the official launch of the FEMA mass vaccination site, where they are expecting to distributed 5,000 vaccines daily. READ: Big day for Metro Detroit -- Mass COVID vaccination site at Ford Field officially opensDetroit resident Deborah Brown said it was deeply personal for her to have received her first vaccination shot. I’ve lost friends due to COVID.”The stories of why people are coming to the Ford Field clinic are personal for everyone. READ: Ford Field mass COVID vaccination site aims to administer 355,000 vaccines over next 2 monthsAdHere’s how to registerYou can click here to register online.
Ford Field COVID mass vaccination site launches Wednesday
DETROIT – Officials said Tuesday’s soft opening of the COVID-19 mass vaccination site at Ford Field was a success. With the site officially opening Wednesday, officials are getting ready for everybody, including those with disabilities or limited English. “We’ve been trying to be really thoughtful when it comes to language access, and people with disabilities making sure we have enough accessible vaccine pods for people with wheelchairs,” said Michigan Lt. Gov. Read: Ford Field COVID mass vaccination site prepared to open to thousandsAround 70 vaccination pods are set up and people who received the vaccine Tuesday said it was a very quick process. More: Registration for COVID-19 vaccine at Ford Field now open -- How to registerRelated News
First look at how Ford Field mass vaccination site plans are going
DETROIT – Local 4 is getting a look at how the plan to vaccinate Michigan residents at Ford Field is going. Michigan residents can register for the COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Ford Field in Detroit. READ: Ford Field mass COVID vaccination site aims to administer 355,000 vaccines over next 2 monthsGov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday that the Ford Field clinic will administer more than 350,000 vaccine doses in the next two months. FEMA’s representative said the Ford Field site is deeply personal to him because family members of his struggled with COVID.
Feds announce $36 million for Wayne County’s COVID response efforts
Michigan’s most populous county is getting an extra boost in federal funding for its COVID-19 pandemic response efforts. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Wednesday that $36 million ($36,088,864) in federal funding has been made available to Wayne County for costs related to the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic under the federal disaster declaration of March 27, 2020. The COVID-19 relief bill also includes about $65B in funding for states. AdRelated: Biden aims for quicker shots, ‘independence from this virus’According to data compiled by NAOC, Michigan will receive a total of $1,936,889,416. Here is a breakdown of estimated funding by Michigan county -- view here.
Registration for COVID-19 vaccine at Ford Field now open -- How to register
DETROIT – After a delay in allowing people to register for a COVID-19 vaccine at Ford Field, health officials announced Monday afternoon that registration is now open. FEMA chose Ford Field in Detroit as one of 20 regional vaccination sites across the country. AdHow to register for a vaccineTo register for a vaccine at Ford Field, you can go online at clinic.meijer.com/register/CL2021, or text EndCOVID to 75049. Residents who don’t have access to the internet or need assistance can use the MDHHS COVID-19 Hotline to register. Free parking will be available at the vaccination site.
Henry Ford Health named medical director for mass vaccination site at Ford Field
DETROIT – Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) has been named the medical director for a mass vaccination site at Detroit’s Ford Field. Officials said Henry Ford will “provide onsite expertise and oversight for the vaccine administrations and medical care as well support for the site’s operations.” Other support partners include FEMA, Wayne County, City of Detroit, Ford Field, the Detroit Lions and Meijer. The health system held a similar position at the TCF Center in 2020. “Henry Ford Health System is thrilled to serve as the health system partner for this mass vaccination effort, joining our local, state and federal partners to expand vaccination opportunities, especially in our underserved communities,” said Dr. Steven Rockoff, service chief of Emergency Medicine at Henry Ford Health System. It was initially reported in February that officials from FEMA were touring Ford Field and planning to turn the home of the Detroit Lions into a vaccination site.
Ford Field in Detroit to become mass vaccination site for Metro Detroit
“I’m pleased to announce the addition of a new FEMA-supported site in Detroit,” said White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients. “This site, located at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, has the ability to administer 6,000 shots per day.”UPDATE March 15: You can now register to get vaccinated against COVID at Ford FieldREAD: FEMA to convert Ford Field into regional mass vaccination siteIt was initially reported in February that officials from FEMA were touring Ford Field and were planning to turn the home of the Detroit Lions into a massive vaccination site. “Protect lives and move Michigan and Detroit forward.”The way forward, she said, is the the vaccination site at Ford Field. I am thrilled that the recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act will deliver resources -- that I secured -- directly to the federal vaccination program at Ford Field. Having this new mass vaccination site operated by FEMA will be a significant step forward for our city and our region toward that goal.
FEMA to convert Ford Field into regional mass vaccination site
DETROIT – The Joe Biden Administration officially announced Friday morning it will be working with state officials to build a new major Community Vaccination Center (CVC) in Detroit. With the help of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Ford Field will become the new home of a regional mass vaccination site. UPDATE March 15: You can now register to get vaccinated against COVID at Ford FieldRELATED: Here is Michigan’s updated COVID-19 vaccination schedule: Who is eligible and whenAccording to the White House Coronavirus Task Force, the CVC at Ford Field will be administering 6,000 shots daily. AdIt was initially reported in February that officials from FEMA were touring Ford Field and were planning to turn the home of the Detroit Lions into a massive vaccination site. AdFord Field’s use as a CVC will be a large part of Metro Detroit’s vaccination process.