Written By: Ishton W. Morton – June 21st, 2019
On Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced federal assistance will be available for those who are affected by the tornadoes that tore through Ohio on Memorial Day. To many this is welcome news.
As reported, approximately 18 tornadoes touched down across Ohio on Memorial Day, thus leaving many homes completely destroyed and neighborhoods virtually and completely demolished.
Subsequently, according to a release from the governor’s office President Donald Trump issued a Presidential Disaster Declaration for federal assistance for individuals and businesses affected by the tornadoes.
As a result, the announcement came after DeWine said he’d sent a letter to the president last week in quest of federal assistance for the people who were affected by the tornadoes.
In accordance with his proposal, DeWine tweeted that he received word from the Federal Emergency Management Association that Auglaize, Darke, Greene, Hocking, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Muskingum, Perry, and Pickaway counties are eligible for the Individual Assistance Program, Disaster Legal Services Program and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
Pursuant to the Governor’s efforts, FEMA and Ohio Emergency Management Agency personnel toured the damage earlier this month to document the losses to see which areas qualified for federal help.
Also, DeWine extended the president for his immediate action. However, in a separate tweet and extended his gratitude to both Senator Sherrod Brown and Senator Rob Portman for their strong support.
Moreover, The Presidential Disaster Declaration shall allow the state to apply for crisis counseling assistance, disaster unemployment, assistance and disaster case management help.
Furthermore, additional designations under the declaration from FEMA to the states may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by results of further damage assessments.
FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program provides federal assistance to state and local governments and certain types of private nonprofit organizations following a presidential disaster declaration. Public Assistance can help communities quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies, according to its website.
To register for assistance, click here.