Findlay, OH -- In the one month since tornadoes caused a path of destruction through northwest Ohio, more than $950,000 has been approved to assist in the recovery of those affected by the devastating weather events of November 10.
A total of $954,363 in grants and low-interest disaster loans has been approved for disaster assistance in Ohio since the Presidential declaration of November 18, including a $50,000 Crisis Counseling grant to Ohio's Department of Mental Health, according to figures released today by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA).
Disaster recovery officials urge anyone who suffered damages or loss from the tornadoes and severe storms to apply for assistance by calling the FEMA toll-free registration number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with a speech or hearing impairment can call TTY 1-800-462-7585. Both lines are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The deadline to register for assistance is January 17.
As of the close of business on December 8, 449 tornado and severe storm victims have registered for disaster assistance.
FEMA/State of Ohio Individual and Households Program (IHP) grants totaling $151,763 have been approved for 66 Ohioans to help provide for temporary housing, emergency home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved 11 low interest disaster loans, totaling $752,600. The SBA continues to staff three workshops to help those who would like assistance with filling out their loan packet. The SBA workshops are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday at:
- Ottawa County Courthouse Annex, 315 Madison Street, Port Clinton
- Anthony Wayne School, 641 North Jefferson Street, Van Wert
- Seneca County Public Safety Building, 126 Hopewell Avenue, Tiffin
Crisis Counseling helps tornado victims recognize normal stress reactions and emotions caused or aggravated by a disaster and regain control over themselves and their environment. People in the designated counties have seen their lives severely affected by the tornadoes and severe storms. The emotional needs often extend beyond the financial assistance FEMA provides to disaster victims to help them begin to rebuild their lives. Talking about disaster stress and obtaining assistance with available resources are major parts of the Crisis Counseling program.
Disaster victims who are having difficulty coping in the aftermath of the tornadoes may contact the following for help, at no cost:
Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services 419-627-5177
24-hr. Hotline: 800-826-1306
Century Health 419-425-5050
Family Resource Centers 419-422-8616
24-hr. Hotline: 888-936-7116
Pathways Counseling Center 419-523-4300
24-hr. Hotline: 800-468-4357 (First Call for Help)
Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services
24-hr Hotline: 800-826-1306
Van Wert & Paulding Counties
Westwood Behavioral Health 419-238-3434
24-hr. Hotline: 800-523-3978