Ohio Tornadoes, Flooding, Severe Storms, and High Winds (DR-1484)

Incident period: July 21, 2003 to August 25, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on August 1, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

August 14, 2003
News Release
Cridersville, OH -- The Disaster Recovery Center in Akron will transition to a workshop for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) at the close of business on Saturday, August 16, disaster recovery officials announced today. "The Disaster Recovery Center in Akron will be operating through 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 16," said Richard Roman, deputy state coordinating officer. "When the center reopens on Monday, August 18, it will serve primarily as a resource and information workshop for people applying for SBA low-interest disaster loans."
August 14, 2003
News Release
Cridersville, OH -- Residents who lost work as a result of the July flooding may be eligible for federal disaster unemployment assistance (DUA) benefits, state and federal officials said today.
August 13, 2003
News Release
Cridersville, OH -- A Disaster Recovery Center will open in Portage County on Thursday, August 14, 2003 to assist residents affected by the July 21 flooding with their applications for federal and state disaster assistance. The center will remain open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, until further notice. The center in Streetsboro will be operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.
August 12, 2003
News Release
Cridersville, OH -- State, county and federal disaster recovery officials advise Ohio residents who have flood-related damage to be careful when hiring unknown contractors to clean up and repair their homes and businesses. "Scam artists are often ready to seize the opportunity to capitalize on the misfortune of others," said Richard Roman, deputy state coordinating officer.
August 12, 2003
News Release
Cridersville, OH -- Disaster assistance for northeastern Ohio flooding topped $7 million in the first 10 days of the recovery effort, officials from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) said today. "We have approved $7,525,161 in aid to the victims of the July 21 flooding and processed 7,189 applications since August 2," Federal Coordinating Officer Ron Sherman of FEMA said. "In addition, we have seen a significant turnout at the newly-opened Disaster Recovery Centers."
August 9, 2003
News Release
Cridersville, OH -- Disaster Recovery Centers will open in Stark and Columbiana counties on August 11, 2003 to assist residents of counties affected by the recent flooding with their applications for federal and state disaster assistance. The centers in Hanoverton and Canton will be operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.

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