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 -- In Richland County, DRCs are turning into DLOCs. Two Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Richland County are transitioning to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs). The Shelby DRC will close at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. The Mansfield DRC, scheduled to close today (Wednesday) will stay open a few days more, and then close at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. Until they close, both centers will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
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 -- 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.
September 14, 2007
News Release
FINDLAY, Ohio -- With many Ohio counties affected by recent flooding, the Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH) reminds individuals of the short and long-term effects of severe storms and flooding. "No one who sees disaster is untouched by it," said ODMH Director Sandra Stephenson. "Grief, sadness, shock and anger are normal reactions to an abnormal event like the recent flooding. It's important for individuals and families to take steps to promote their own physical and emotional healing. Talk about what you are feeling with family and friends."
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."

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