Midland County Flood Recovery Information and Volunteer Opportunities

The recent flood has hit our community very hard. We have been humbled by those who have been reaching out and asking how they can help during this difficult time. United Way of Midland County has been working closely with the American Red Cross, Midland Area Community Foundation, the local Emergency Manager and many other gracious community organizations to assess the community’s needs and our next steps moving forward.

Since information about recovery and volunteer efforts are changing by the minute, we’ve created this page to serve as a central hub for the latest news and volunteer opportunities. We’ll be updating this page as new information becomes available, and we will provide updates on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Please feel free to share and help us get this information out to the community.

ReStore Gift Certificate Flood Help

St. John’s Episcopal Church has announced that Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Emergency Relief Program approved a $10,000 grant to help Midlanders replace lost furnishings and/or make minor home repairs related to the recent flooding. St. John’s Diocesan Council approved an additional $5,000 to further the reach. St. John’s applied for the grant, proposing a partnership with Midland County’s Habitat for Humanity, in which *gift certificates will be distributed through St. John’s  parish office and redeemed at ReStore, Habitat for Humanity’s non-profit retail outlet specializing in resale of new and previously owned building materials, home furnishings and appliances, well discounted off comparable retail prices.

Distribution will begin on Tuesday, July 18 at noon.

For more information, contact St. John’s Episcopal Church, 405 N. Saginaw Rd. at 989.631.2260 or office@sjec-midland.org.

*A note to those requesting gift certificates: You will be required to provide name, address and phone to receive the certificate and advised to report your flood damage. Certificate is valid through December 31, 2017 and has a value of $150, redeemable only at the Midland ReStore, 1703 S. Saginaw Rd., Midland, MI.  

**Limit of one certificate per household. 100 certificates will be distributed on first-come, first serve basis to those coming in person to our parish office. We will not accept calls or emails to hold certificates. 

Showers available

For flood victims without hot water heaters or access to showers, the following locations are offering free shower usage.

Midland Community Center
2205 S Jefferson Ave, Midland, MI 48640

North Midland Family Center
2601 E Shearer Rd, Midland, MI 48642

West Midland Family Center
4011 W Isabella Rd, Shepherd, MI 48883

Midland Tennis Center
900 E Wackerly St, Midland, MI 48642

Hidden Harvest Food Distribution Report

Hidden Harvest has released a report detailing their flood relief food distribution efforts. Thanks to the Midland Area Community Foundation and United Way of Midland County’s Disaster Relief Fund, Hidden Harvest was able to distribute over 65,983 pounds of food valued at $190,692. These donations included fresh produce, bottled water, juice, bread, meat, household items and more. A total of 751 families and 2555 individuals were served. For more information, please view the graphic below.

Clean Up Kits & Health Kits

The UMCOR – United Methodist Committee On Relief donated and delivered 500 clean up kits and 500 health kits in partnership with Midwest Distribution Center. The items came to the Midland Flood relief all the way from Chatham Illinois!

These kits are available while supplies last at the multi-agency relief center at the Midland County ESA building, located at 3917 Jefferson Avenue. The current scheduled hours of operation are Friday July 7th 10am to 7pm and Saturday, July 8th 10am to 2pm.

Donations for Flood Victims

In-kind donations for flood victims such as clothing, mattresses, and furniture should be dropped off at the Salvation Army Store located at 825 Saginaw Rd. They are open 9 AM till 9 PM on weekdays and closed on Sunday.

Major appliances are being accepted at Pivot Point Store at 308 East Lyons Street, their office is open 9AM till 5PM Monday through Friday (Phone: (989) 244-8888). They will pick up,  clean, test and re-sale at special pricing in partnership with the Salvation Army.

Those needing help with cleanup please call 211

Disaster Relief Fund

The Midland Area Community Foundation (MACF) and United Way of Midland County have jointly established a Disaster Relief Fund, just days after Midland experienced its worst flooding in decades. Up to $75,000 has been approved by foundation trustees, and community members are being asked to donate to the fund at www.midlandfoundation.org.

A multi-agency relief center is being established at the Midland County ESA building, located at 3917 Jefferson Avenue. The American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Department of Health & Human Services and others will be on hand to provide assistance.

Gift cards and other assistance will be available to affected households at the ESA building on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am–7pm, and Saturday from 10am – 2pm, with plans to reopen on Wednesday, July 5th. Food distribution trucks provided by Hidden Harvest will be available at ESA on Wednesday at 10am, as well as West Midland Family Center at 2pm.

100% of donations to the Disaster Relief Fund will go toward those impacted, under the direction of the Midland County Office for Emergency Management. To qualify, residents must first report flood damage through the Midland 911 website, found here: http://bit.ly/2sUacOC

FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS

At this time there are no scheduled food distributions, please call 2-1-1 for resources available near you.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

At this time, the flood event is still occurring. As natural disasters go, large-scale floods are some of the longer, more drawn out events that require the flood water to recede before real cleanup may begin.

If you are interested in volunteering to assist those that have been impacted by this event, please fill out this form. This will give you an email alert every time a new volunteer opportunity becomes available. The Red Cross and our local Emergency Manger know that we are ready to help, and now we are just waiting to hear when it is safe for volunteers to be out on the impacted roads and assisting with cleanup in homes. When that time comes, we will reach out to those that have completed this survey and will contact you with the opportunities to help make our community whole again.

SIGN UP FOR UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES HERE

Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC)

Midland County Emergency Management is establishing a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) at the Midland County ESA located at 3917 Jefferson Avenue, Midland MI 48640. The MARC is designed as a one-stop shop for residents that have been impacted by flooding. Representatives from the following agencies will be available to speak with residents and offer them information on potential resources available.

  • American Red Cross
  • Salvation Army
  • State of Michigan Health and Human Services
  • State of Michigan Office of Insurance and Financial
  • 211
  • Hidden Harvest
  • Consumers Energy

Current hours of operations for the MARC
Wednesday, July 5th 10-7
Thursday, July 6th 10-7
Friday, July 7th 10-7
Saturday, July 8th 10-2

Damage Assessment Reporting

Midland County Emergency Management needs to collect some basic damage assessment information from residents and business owners within the City of Midland and Midland County. For those who have had structural damage caused by the recent flood waters, or that had water inside their homes or businesses, we need to collect information from you. If you have not already reported your damage to the phone numbers that were posted over the last couple of days, please complete a flood damage questionnaire. That questionnaire can be accessed at the following link on the Midland County 911 website:

Damage Assessment Survey link

Please DO NOT CALL 911 to provide this questionnaire information. For those of you who are without power or access to computers or electronic devices, you can have someone else complete it for you (fill out what they know and leave blank what they don’t)

Please continue to monitor flooding and street closures via the following resources:

  • www.midland911.org
  • Midland County 911, Emergency Management, County of Midland, and City of Midland Facebook pages
  • Call 2-1-1 and/or sign up for 911 text and email alerts through Nixle.com www.co.midland.mi.us

Reporting Clean-up Assistance Needs

Midland County Emergency Management has partnered with 2-1-1 of Northeast Michigan to create a call center that captures additional information on the needs of our residents across the county that have been impacted by the flood.

This information is being collected and shared with Disaster Relief Organizations that maybe able to provide assistance to those that have the most need and are unable to cleanup and stabilize their homes due to various factors. If you are in need of this assistance with clean-up, please dial 2-1-1 to report your needs and any factors that contribute to your inability to take care of your home at this time.

This information collection is different than the information you have provided on your flood damage questionnaire. You do not have to complete that form again.

SAFETY INFORMATION

Please remember to use extreme caution during any sort of work or cleanup. Consumers Energy has provided us with this informative flyer with many helpful safety tips for those who were affected by the recent flooding.

Safety Tips from Red Cross

We urge you to share these Red Cross safety tips with every member of your household.  

STAY SAFE

As people begin to clean up, the Red Cross encourages people to remember the following safety tips:
Cleaning and Repairing Your Home

• Wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots, and be cautious when cleaning up.

• Learn more about how to clean up after a flood, including the supplies you’ll need, how to sanitize food contact surfaces, and how to repair water damage.

• Be careful when moving furnishings or debris, because they may be waterlogged and heavier.

• Throw out items that absorb water and cannot be cleaned or disinfected. This includes mattresses, carpeting, cosmetics, stuffed animals and baby toys.

• Throw out all food, beverages and medicine exposed to flood waters and mud. When in doubt, throw it out. This includes canned goods, plastic utensils, baby bottle nipples and containers with food or liquid that has been sealed shut.

• Pump out flooded basements gradually (about one-third of the water per day) to avoid structural damage. If the water is pumped out completely in a short period of time, pressure from water-saturated soil on the outside could cause basement walls to collapse.

• Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewage systems are health hazards.

DOWNLOAD THE FREE RED CROSS EMERGENCY APP

Stay informed: The Red Cross has several smartphone apps available that will alert you to National Weather Service warnings for severe weather and flash flooding and provide you with preparedness and safety information. These free apps are available through your smart phone app store or at www.redcross.org/mobile-apps.