Gaylord receives $500,000 in state emergency funds for tornado relief

LANSING, MI – State emergency funding will provide relief after a devastating tornado swept through Gaylord two months ago.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer allocated more than $500,000 from the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund Thursday, July 28 for Otsego County and surrounding communities impacted by the May storm.

An EF-3 tornado that struck Gaylord killed two people, destroyed homes, and toppled several businesses.

Related: Find all Gaylord tornado coverage here.

“The Gaylord community has made great strides in the months following the tornado, but we know there is still work to be done. No matter what the federal government does or doesn’t do, we will get the Gaylord community what it needs to recover and rebuild. The Michiganders are tough and we take care of each other. We will be there every step of the way,” Whitmer said in a statement.

The state funding comes after the Federal Emergency Management Agency rejected the governor’s request for a presidential disaster statement.

The United States Small Business Administration granted an administrative disaster declaration for Otsego County earlier this month. This federal assistance program provides low-interest loans to Gaylord residents and businesses affected by the tornado.

Related: Federal disaster program offers low-interest loans after Gaylord tornado

“I am grateful for this assistance from the state,” State Sen. Jim Stamas, R-Midland, said in a statement. “This funding will enable the continued recovery and rebuilding that the Gaylord area has begun. Our community is strong and it shows in the support and help from neighbors and citizens.

Five communities affected by the weather received funding:

  • Gaylord received $250,000
  • The Township of Haynes received $45,058.16
  • The Township of Livingston received $50,509.08
  • The Township of Bagley received $73,085.50
  • Otsego County received $90,954.13

Disaster funds can be used for disaster response as well as to cover public employee overtime, shelter supplies, gasoline used during the response, and repair of public buildings and infrastructure .

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