Ohio Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-1519)

Incident period: May 18, 2004 to June 21, 2004
Major Disaster Declaration declared on June 3, 2004

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

June 15, 2004
News Release
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four Disaster Recovery Centers operating in Ohio will close by 6 p.m. today, but help will still be available for victims of the flooding that began May 18 in Athens, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Noble, Perry, and Summit counties.
June 15, 2004
News Release
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Most federal disaster assistance programs are designed to meet basic needs in the form of disaster grants for immediate housing requirements and emergency repairs. These programs are meant to help people begin their recovery. They are not designed to return people’s lives to their pre-disaster condition.
June 11, 2004
News Release
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Homeowners, renters, and business owners who have applied for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after the flooding that began May 18, will be hearing soon from damage inspectors. FEMA schedules inspections to verify losses, usually within seven to 10 days after residents apply. “You must first apply for disaster assistance before inspectors can view your damaged property,” said Brad Gair, federal coordinating officer for the disaster recovery.
June 10, 2004
News Release
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) are opening Disaster Recovery Centers in Perry, Noble, Columbiana and Summit counties during the next two weeks. The centers are to assist residents and business owners who were affected by the May 18 severe storms and flooding. Representatives from FEMA, Ohio EMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and other state government agencies will be at the centers to provide information on available disaster recovery assistance.
June 8, 2004
News Release
COLUMBUS, Ohio – To further help individuals who have suffered damage from severe storms and flooding that began May 18, four disaster recovery centers will open Wednesday in Athens, Cuyahoga, Medina, and Lorain counties, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) said today. The centers will be open for one week only. The hours of operation will be:
June 7, 2004
News Release
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Federal disaster assistance is now available for residents of Athens, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Noble, Perry and Summit residents who suffered property damage or loss by the severe floods and storms that began May 18.

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