Tornado Recovery: How to apply for assistance

Tornado Recovery
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Tuesday Ohio has received federal assistance for individuals in 10 counties impacted by tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, and landslides in May.

President Donald Trump Tuesday issued a Presidential Disaster Declaration for federal assistance for individuals and businesses after 21 tornadoes touched down during the severe storms that passed through Ohio during the evening of May 27 and early morning of May 28.

DeWine sent a letter to President Trump last week asking for the federal disaster declaration.

“When I spoke with President Trump after these tornadoes, he vowed to provide any assistance he could, and I am grateful that he followed through today on that promise to help those impacted by these storms,” said Governor DeWine. “The Presidential Disaster Declaration will help those working to rebuild their homes and their lives.”  

The declaration issued for Auglaize, Darke, Greene, Hocking, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Muskingum, Perry, and Pickaway counties. In addition to possible low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the declaration opens up the following assistance programs:

  • Individual Assistance Program
  • Disaster Legal Services Program
  • Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

The declaration also now allows the state to apply to for crisis counseling assistance, disaster unemployment assistance, and disaster case management help. 

Individuals and businesses impacted from the storms can register for FEMA assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 (TTY 1-800-462-7585).

A preliminary damage assessment the first week of June, by FEMA, SBA and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, identified 942 homes and buildings that were either destroyed or significantly damaged and 837 additional homes and buildings that suffered minor damage or were slightly affected.

More information about what to do if you have already applied or if you need help with your application, go here.

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