Month: January 2016

Governor Snyder Requests Support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency

National Guard Activated to Assist with Flint’s Water Emergency LANSING, MI – Gov. Rick Snyder today requested support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate an interagency recovery plan with other federal agencies to provide resources to Flint. This request will identify federal agencies that have programs, authorities and/or technical expertise that could be utilized in the ongoing response and recovery efforts in Flint to be made available. Such federal agencies may include the Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Army Corps of Engineers. In addition, Snyder today issued an Executive Order activating the Michigan National Guard to assist with distributing supplies at the five water resource sites established in Flint. “As we work to ensure that all Flint residents have access to clean and safe drinking water, we are providing them with the direct assistance they need in order to stretch our resources further,” Snyder said. “The Michigan National Guard is trained and ready to assist the citizens of Flint.” Members of the National Guard are expected to start arriving in Flint as early as Wednesday to assist with response efforts and plan to increase to over 30 personnel by Friday. The support of the National Guard will enable American Red Cross volunteers, who have been staffing the water resource sites since Jan. 9, to join...

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Gov. Rick Snyder Urges Flint Residents to Get Water Tested

Gov. Rick Snyder today issued the following statement urging the people of Flint to get their water tested: “It is essential that all Flint residents have the water in their homes tested as soon as possible. Please make it a priority for your family and encourage your friends and neighbors to obtain testing kits as well. The kits are available free of charge at the water resource sites within Flint fire stations.” Water testing kits are available at city hall and all Flint fire stations. Residents don’t need to test their own water – simply fill up the bottle and return it to where it was obtained. Residents with questions can call United Way 2-1-1. Bookmark It Hide...

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Gov. Snyder Approves $28 Million in Immediate Aid for City of Flint

Flint, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today, signed a $28 million budget supplemental which assists Flint residents by addressing the city’s on-going water crisis. The supplemental, which Snyder called for in his State of the State Address January 19th, was approved by the legislature Thursday and signed by the Governor this morning. “I thank the Legislature for their quick action to make this additional $28 million a reality. It is a necessary next-step in ongoing recovery efforts for the city,” Snyder said. “We know that more money will be needed to address long-term concerns and I want to reassure the families of Flint that I remain dedicated to fixing this problem.” House Bill 5220, approved unanimously in both the House and Senate, will help ensure Flint residents have access to safe, clean drinking water in addition to the following: * Supply free bottled water, faucet filters, and testing kits for Flint residents; * Put nine nurses in local schools to monitor student health and well-being; * Provide better nutrition for students and infants through WIC and in-school nutrition programs; * Replace fixtures in schools, daycares, nursing homes and hospitals; * Provide for an infrastructure study using independent experts; * Treat any children who have high lead levels in the blood, using diagnostic testing, nurse visits and environmental assessments in the home. Gov. Snyder will propose a long-term funding solution...

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State Using Technology to Identify Lead Pipes and Track Water Resource Distribution in Flint

Flint, Mich. – In an effort to help identify the location of lead pipes and other components of Flint’s water infrastructure, GIS experts from the City of Flint, State of Michigan, the University of Michigan – Flint, and FEMA have translated hundreds of hand-drawn plat maps from the 1980s and hand-written notes on thousands of cards about updates to home plumbing systems into digitized maps. These maps are helping with the response and determine where safe water is needed. “Mapping infrastructure to this depth of detail is highly unusual,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, deputy state director of emergency management and homeland security and commander of the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division. “Since most of the water system infrastructure is underground, we can’t just walk out and survey it, so GIS mapping is a critical component of the state’s coordinated response.” Once the maps are in digital format, they are synched with 2015 parcel data. The maps can then be overlaid with Census information and infrastructure information, allowing analysts to pinpoint which homes have lead service lines. “The state is making progress in organizing, cataloging, and converting water service line information from paper to searchable databases and digitized maps,” said Scott Bailey, a GIS data analyst with FEMA helping with the mapping project. “This is going to be a success story because prior to this...

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