Ohio Severe Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes (DR-1720)

Incident period: August 20, 2007 to August 28, 2007
Major Disaster Declaration declared on August 27, 2007

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

September 20, 2007
News Release
FINDLAY, Ohio -- Applicants for disaster assistance could find themselves out of the loop if they can?t be reached. The time right after a disaster can be unsettling. People often move from place to place. Telephone numbers change. Staying in contact can be difficult?but essential in the case of disaster assistance. "It is important that we know how to get in touch with you," said Federal Coordinating Officer Jesse Munoz of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Both addresses and telephone numbers need to be updated.
September 19, 2007
News Release
FINDLAY, Ohio -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved $119,000 in immediate crisis counseling funds for the three counties most severely impacted by the recent floods: Crawford, Hancock and Putnam. "Losing a home, business, or personal property to disaster takes a financial toll, but the emotional consequences can be just as severe," Ohio Governor Ted Strickland said. "These crisis counseling funds can help us move quickly to offer assistance to those who need it most."
September 18, 2007
News Release
FINDLAY, Ohio -- Those impacted by Ohio's severe storms and flooding who receive a low interest disaster loan application from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) should take the time to fill it out - even if they don't want a loan or think they qualify. Most of the people who register for assistance online at www.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585 will receive a packet containing the SBA loan application.
September 14, 2007
News Release
FINDLAY, Ohio -- It's important for parents and guardians to keep in mind that children can be particularly vulnerable to stress as a result of the recent severe storms and flooding. "Children may suffer from anxiety because of disaster losses and the upheaval of family life," said Sandra Stephenson, MSW, MA, Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health. "Most children bounce back quickly with social support and the aid of their families, but it is important to be aware of your child's reaction to stress and anxiety and to seek additional help if necessary."
September 14, 2007
News Release
FINDLAY, Ohio -- Federal and state disaster recovery officials announced today that more than $15 million in grants and loans have been approved for homeowners, renters and business owners in eight Ohio counties declared eligible for disaster assistance. Most of the disaster recovery grants are issued under FEMA's Disaster Housing Program. Altogether, 3,551 households have been approved for $11.7 million, as of Wednesday night.
September 14, 2007
News Release
FINDLAY, Ohio -- The mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Mansfield will stay open two more days, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency announced today. The facility - a one-stop location for help and information regarding state, federal and volunteer disaster assistance programs - is located in the parking lot outside the Richland County Transit building at 232 N. Main St., Mansfield, OH 44902.

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