Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties (DR 4195)
Flood, Severe Storm - Michigan
On September 25, 2014, President Obama declared a major disaster in the State of Michigan due to severe storms and flooding during the period of August 11-13, 2014. This declaration made Individual Assistance available to affected individuals and households in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties. The areas affected in theses counties were primarily urban with tens of thousands of flooded basements.
WSP USA Inspection Services responded by deploying over 500 disaster-housing inspectors. This aggressive response enabled FEMA to provide over 123, 000 Michigan residents in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties with more than $240 million in timely federal disaster assistance.
This disaster was unique in that inspectors used a new tool to record inspections, an Android tablet with new ACE4 software. The ACE4 software was very intuitive and simplified data collection. Inspectors were highly productive.
The disaster remained open for approximately 8 months allowing local inspectors to continue working for that time.
WSP USA Inspection Services deployed many new inspectors to this event and supported them with the Field Inspector Supervisor (FIS) program. The FIS program provided one-on-one support and mentoring for new and less experienced inspectors. It was successful in shortening the timeline for new inspectors to conduct compliant inspections with confidence. This support was well received by inspectors.
Photo 1 Credits: Curbside debris lines the streets of Wayne County, Michigan after record-setting flooding occurred on August 14, 2014. Photo by FEMA/Sandy Jasmund - Aug 26, 2014
Photo 2 Credits: Destroyed household items and ruined carpeting is placed curbside ready for disposal crews to pick up in Dearborn, Michigan after the flood event of August 14, 2014. Photo by FEMA/Thomas Kempton - Aug 27, 2014
Photo 3 Data Credits: FEMA