Deadline to Apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance for 2023 Severe Storms extended to May 8

  • Kemeny Recreation Center and Butzel Family Center Disaster Recovery Centers closed this Friday and Saturday; Samaritan Center to open beginning Monday, April 1


Homeowners and renters in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Livingston, Eaton, Ingham, Ionia, and Kent counties with uninsured or underinsured damage caused by the August 24 - 26, 2023, severe storms are encouraged to apply for FEMA disaster assistance. The deadline to apply for assistance has been extended to May 8, 2024.

Residents can apply for FEMA assistance online or in person:

  • Go online here, use the FEMA Mobile App, or call 800-621-3362. If you use a relay service such as video relay service, captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA your number for that service. 
  • Visit one of the following Disaster Recovery Centers in Detroit:
    • Kemeny Recreation Center, 2260 S. Fort St.
    • Butzel Family Center, 7737 Kercheval
    • Samaritan Center, 5555 Conner
    • The centers will be closed Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30.

The centers are all closed on Sundays.  Starting Monday, April 1, Kemeny Recreation Center and Butzel Family Center will be open from 9 am – 6:30 pm, Monday – Saturday. Samaritan Center will be open the following days next week:

Monday, 4/1 -- 1 pm - 6:30 pm                                                                                                   

Tuesday, 4/2 -- 9 am - 6:30 pm                                                                                               

Wednesday, 4/3 CLOSED                                                                                                       

Thursday, 4/4 -- 1 pm - 6:30 pm                                                                                                       

Friday, 4/5 -- 9 am - 6:30 pm                                                                                                       

Saturday, 4/6 -- 9 am - 6:30 pm  

If you already made repairs or started your recovery, you can still apply.  If you have received a letter stating that you are ineligible for FEMA assistance, it does not necessarily mean that you cannot expect any help from FEMA. It’s important to read your FEMA decision letter carefully. You may just need to provide additional information or documents to keep your application moving. You can always visit a Disaster Recovery Center or call the FEMA Helpline if you have questions or need help with the process or would like to file an appeal.

For more information about the disaster recovery operation in Michigan, visit

 Special Services

The FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 is staffed with specialists who speak many languages. If you use video relay service, captioned telephone service or others, give FEMA your number for that service. FEMA also offers free services to help survivors communicate with FEMA personnel on the phone or at Disaster Recovery Centers. To locate a recovery center, go to  FEMA will continue to accept appeals and assist applicants with questions after the May 8 application deadline has passed.