Xenia, OH -- Federal and state agencies are working in partnership to help Ohio residents following the recent severe storms and tornado. The following is a summary of ongoing response and recovery efforts since the Presidential declaration on September 26th.
Over 650 Applications For Assistance Received
More than 650 Greene County residents and business owners have applied for the various types of individual assistance made available by President Clinton's major disaster declaration on September 26.
"The process begins with a single toll-free call to 800-462-9029 or to TTY 800-462-7585 for the hearing impaired," FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Lou Botta said. "That toll-free call is fast, efficient and confidential, and it's the only way to get the assistance process underway." The phone lines are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and will be open on the Columbus Day holiday (Monday, October 9).
Recovery officials have just announced an extension of the deadline for assistance application to Monday, November 27 due to the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 23. They urge all who suffered damage or loss as a result of the severe storms on September 20 to begin the assistance application process immediately.
"Safe Room" Workshops At Three Locations This Weekend
"Safe room" displays, video presentations and printed information on ways to reduce future disaster losses will be available at two Xenia-area locations tomorrow (Saturday, October 7) from 9 a.m. to noon. The locations are: the Wal-Mart on Route 35 in Xenia and at Lowes Home Improvement Warehouse at 6300 Wilmington Pike in Sugarcreek. Federal hazard mitigation experts will also be on hand to answer questions and give more detailed information. In addition, a display and print materials will be available to the public in the lobby of the Greene County Department of Public Works at 667 Dayton-Xenia Road until further notice.
Disaster officials urge home and business owners in tornado-prone areas to learn more about how to better protect lives and property in the event of storms such as those that occurred last month in Greene County.
In particular, they recommend using tested wind-resistant building techniques including the construction of a "safe room" in buildings where people live and work. A"safe room" is a small, interior room with concrete walls, a metal door and no windows that can be constructed at an average cost of $2,000 to $4,000 depending on the materials, design and area of the country.
Recovery Services Available Over Holiday Weekend
The Disaster Recovery Center on Greene Street in Xenia will be open tomorrow and again on Columbus Day, Monday, October 9 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Those who have already called to apply for assistance may visit the center to inquire about the status of their application, receive further information about the various types of assistance available and learn about ways to reduce future risk and damage.
The temporary center is located in the Juvenile Country Building (second floor) at 61 Greene Street in Xenia. The center will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice. Representatives of FEMA, Ohio EMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and other agencies staff the center including representatives from the state departments of aging, insurance, and job and family services.
Disaster Victims Can Receive Free Legal Advice
Greene County residents and business owners who suffered damage or loss as a result of the September 20 storms and have disaster-related legal questions may call for counsel, free-of-charge, at 800-467-0372. This service is b...