2-1-1 Update Flint Water Response for Wednessday, March 16, 2016

This is the daily 2-1-1 summary on the Flint Water Response for Wednesday, March 16, 2016


  • The Flint Water Crisis Community Partners Workgroup meets Thursday March 17 from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm at Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, 2300 Lapeer Road, Flint MI 48503
    • The agenda for the meeting follows this update.
    • The partners have drafted a recovery plan “to provide a common planning model including the community objectives, activities, and success criteria to enable the affected community to recover from the water crisis. This plan will be supplemented by plans produced by each partner agency based on the objectives and activities agreed upon by each partner organization. This plan is also intended to provide a common view among all participating organizations into the objectives, activities, responsibilities, and resources required to reach destination recovery.”
    • The draft plan is attached to today’s email update.

    Community Workgroup meetings for Flint Community Resilience Group (FCRG) Mental Health Workgroup:

    • Sub-workgroup meetings
    • FCRG Data & Gap Analysis: Every Thursday, 1:30 p.m., Genesee Health System Board Room
  • State seeking extension of federal aid in Flint. Snyder plans to ask the federal government to extend the current state of emergency from April to August.  An extended emergency declaration would continue federal assistance that pays for bottled water, water filters and filter cartridges.  Full article from last Friday’s Detroit Free Press at www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/flint-water-crisis/2016/03/11/snyder-seek-extension-federal-emergency-flint/81647916/
  • State request turned down for certain FEMA funds from pots of funding intended to cover costs for essential needs, operation of emergency operation centers and other needs, as well as a second pot that would have provided money for homeowners to repair damage from a disaster that is not covered by insurance, including septic or sewage systems and well or other water systems. Full story including statement from FEMA at http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/flint-water-crisis/2016/03/16/snyder-disappointed-federal-denial-funding-flint/81857808/
  • Governor Snyder is scheduled to testify to the Congressional House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday, March 17.

Call volume remains manageable with existing staffing levels.


  • 2-1-1 received a request today from a nursing home for 20 cases of water. The caller was directed to local churches.  Adult Foster Care residences are receiving water deliveries, but 2-1-1 is not aware of a mechanism at this time to provide deliveries to other residential homes.  2-1-1 has contacted DHHS and is working with the Sheriff’s office to identify a solution.



  • From 2/29/16: The City of Flint Water Plant can no longer handle water sample pick-up/drop-off for homebound residents due to increasing demand. 2-1-1 is coordinating with the Water Plant to identify another option for serving these residents and will provide updates until we confirm a solution.  In the meantime, please do not refer homebound callers to the Water Plant for assistance.  Have them call 2-1-1.


  • The Community Partners Communications Workgroup is asking for guidance from the State of Michigan on the following issues:
    • What affects does heat/time have on the plastic water bottles?
    • Regarding the side-effects of lead: On average how soon do symptoms appear?
    • Who is testing the samples provided by residents? Is more than just lead and coper levels being tested? If so what is being tested?
    • Will lead be passed on to recipients that received blood, organs or plasma from Flint donors?
  • From 3/8/16: The Community Partners Communications Workgroup requested additional information on safe gardening practices to disseminate to the community.
  • From 3/8/16:The Communications Workgroup requested a diagram or org chart of the crisis response mechanism and how all parties work together, including JIC, EOC, SECO, UCG,CHECC, ACE, CDC, EPA, DEQ, HHS, DHHS, FEMA.
  • From 3/8/16:The Communications Workgroup requested coordination by state, federal and local governments on the distribution of information related to the Flint Water situation and the response, emphasizing the community doesn’t want multiple information documents for every department. They are asking for one consistent document on key issues and a mechanism to provide feedback to government entities prior to releasing information.

Flint Water Recovery Group
Date:  Thursday, March 17, 2016
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, 2300 Lapeer Road, Flint MI 48503


  1. Welcome
  2. Good 360/United Way of Genesee County
  3. DRAFT – Flint Community Recovery Plan
    • Physical Health
    • Mental Health
    • Communications
    • Education
    • Recovery Resources
    • Federal Partners
    • State Emergency Management
  4. Question & Answer
  5. Other Reports & Updates
    • City of Flint
    • County Emergency Management
    • Federal Partners
  6. Question & Answer
  7. Miscellaneous
  8. Closing (Workgroup Break-Out Sessions – OPTIONAL)

Click here to download the recovery plan for Flint, MI (PDF)

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