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Published 4/9/2020

Local Disaster Relief Continues;  Red Cross Responds to Home Fires in Michigan

27 Home Fire Responses in Six Days


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As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to affect Michigan communities, the American Red Cross is still actively providing care and comfort for people affected by home fires.

In accordance with Executive Orders issued by Governor Whitmer, the Red Cross has taken steps to ensure the safety of staff while providing our vital services.

“During COVID-19 our mission remains the same. How we perform the mission has changed to protect the health and safety of Red Cross workers as well as fire victims and first responders,” said Mary Lynn Foster, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross, Michigan Region.

As an emergency preparedness organization, the Red Cross will continue to align operational strategy with public health and emergency management. We want to make sure that people continue to turn to the Red Cross after experiencing a disaster.

If you need help after a house fire or you know of a neighbor that does please call 1-800-733-2767 or go to

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly.



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Update 4/5/2020

Benteler Automotive Corporation in West Michigan will lay off 1,000 employees.  The company notified the state of the temporary layoffs due to global impacts on the supply chain.

Cease and desist letters were sent to three non-essential Upper Peninsula businesses for remaining open when only essential businesses should be open.  Auto Credit Center, Grow Masters Indoor & Outdoor Gardening Supplies and Holy Smokes Tobacco Shop, all in Menominee County, were hand-delivered the letters by Michigan State Police.

Michigan State University is launching virtual courses aimed at anyone interested in gardening.  The Cabin Fever Conversations series features a different guest speaker each week.

Meijer is now conducting health-screenings of employees before each shift.  The West Michigan-based retailer joins other companies taking extra steps to keep employees and customers safe.

The Treasury Department has announced that Social Security recipients will automatically receive the direct payment being made to Americans as part of the CARES Act, Congressman John Moolenaar said, noting that he supported the initiative. Social Security recipients who normally do not file a tax return, do not need to file one to receive the payment.

Lansing Police are asking for help locating a missing teen.  Demasio Nino Perez is 14 years old, 6'1 and 155 pounds, police say, and was reported as a runaway/missing person last seen in the 500 block of Riley Street in Lansing.  He was wearing black and grey sweatpants and a grey t-shirt.  Call 517-483-4600 with information.

Saginaw parks and playgrounds have closed to vehicle access effective immediately.  Anyone wishing to utilize a city park will have to enter on foot until further notice.

The MHSAA has cancelled the remainder of the 2019-2020 winter and sports seasons.  This marks the first year since 1942-1943 that finals will not be played.  World War II forced the cancellation of many final sporting events.