Ohio Severe Winter Storm (DR-1453)

Incident period: February 14, 2003 to March 18, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on March 14, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

April 3, 2003
News Release
Chillicothe, OH -- In just over two weeks since Ohio was declared a major disaster area on March 14, $1,147,560 in grants and low-interest loans has been approved for victims of the severe winter storm. Federal, state, local and voluntary agencies are working in partnership to help Ohioans following the February severe winter storm. This is an update of recovery activities as of close of business April 1, according to figures released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA).
April 1, 2003
News Release
Chillicothe, OH -- Disaster assistance has been made available in two additional Ohio counties to help homeowners, renters and business owners recover from the effects of the recent severe winter storm, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today. The assistance for Meigs and Gallia counties was approved based on a review of damage data gathered by federal and state disaster recovery officials. These two counties join five others -- Adams, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike and Scioto - declared eligible for individual assistance on March 14 by President Bush.
March 31, 2003
News Release
In the recent severe winter storm in southern Ohio, thousands of trees cracked under the weight of ice and snow, creating a devastating scene of fallen trees and damaged houses. As part of the response effort, FEMA mitigation specialists teamed up with the Ohio Emergency Management Agency and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to present information on how to reduce that type of damage to property and urban trees in future storms.
March 24, 2003
News Release
Chillicothe, OH -- Millions of trees in southern Ohio were harmed as a result of a February ice storm that hit southern Ohio, causing many to fall into residences and inflict major damage to homes around the region. But proper tree maintenance can help prevent such home damage, said hazard mitigation experts from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
March 21, 2003
News Release
Chillicothe, OH -- In less than one week since southern Ohio was declared a major disaster area, $418,620 in disaster recovery grants and disaster loans has been approved for victims of the severe winter storm, according to figures from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The following is an update of recovery activities as of close of business March 20.
March 20, 2003
News Release
Chillicothe, OH - If you were affected by the severe winter storms beginning February 14, be aware that some unscrupulous contractors may try to take advantage of you. "If you have disaster-related damages, I urge you to be very careful when contracting for repairs," said Federal Coordinating Officer Ron Sherman of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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