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Snyder activates National Guard, requests FEMA assistance to help in Flint

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Gov. Rick Snyder has requested support from FEMA.

That request was made on Tuesday, according to a press release from his office.

The request will identify federal agencies that have programs or the authority that could be utilized in the ongoing response to Flint’s water crisis.

Snyder also issued an executive order activating the Michigan National Guard to assist with distributing supplies at the five water resource sites established in Flint.

Members of the National Guard are expected to arrive as early as Wednesday to staff water resource sites. The Michigan State Police and the volunteers with the American Red Cross will continue going door to door in Flint neighborhoods to distribute bottled water, water filters, replacement cartridges and testing kits.

“As we work to ensure that all Flint resident have access to clean and safe drinking water, we are providing them with the direct assistance they need in order to stretch our resources further,” Snyder said in a press release.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver was pleased to learn of the moves, and said:

“We need help in the form of supplies including water, filters and water test kits. We also need help distributing those supplies to get them in the hands of the people who need them most. I’m glad the State is putting in resources and we welcome the Michigan National Guard with open arms. However, we also need Federal assistance as we continue to cope with this man-made water disaster."

U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee released a statement in response to Snyder’s deployment of the National Guard:

"Flint needs more action and less talk from Governor Snyder. It is important to remember that this crisis was created by a state-appointed emergency financial manager, and it is the state's ultimate responsibility to act and make it right. Flint residents are the victims in this crisis and they deserve a more urgent response equal to the gravity of this crisis.”

Kildee spoke to President Barack Obama shortly after the State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

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