To ensure the state is in a better position to respond to disasters and emergencies, a bill was signed increasing Michigan's Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund.
On Thursday, Gov. Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 914. The bill increases the fund from $4.5 million to $10 million. The fund has been used to help cover costs of the response effort in Flint and for severe storm clean up in parts of the state when federal emergency reimbursement is not available.
“Ensuring more funds are available will allow the state to react fast and protect Michiganders better in the event of an emergency or natural disaster,” Snyder said in a release.