COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The telephone registration lines for Ohioans who suffered damage in the May-June flooding will be closed on Sunday, July 4th, for Independence Day.
The lines will then resume their schedule, being available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.
So far, more than 30,000 people have registered for assistance by calling the toll-free numbers 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or (TTY) 800-462-7585 for those with speech or hearing impairment, announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA).
The Ohio EMA coordinates State assistance and resources during an emergency and prepares the state for all hazards through planning, training, exercises and funding activities at the state and local level. This includes providing assistance to individuals and administering state and federal assistance to individuals and governmental entities recovering from disaster-related damage and costs. Ohio EMA coordinates homeland security funding, weapons of mass destruction training, anti-terrorism planning and training, and assists local and state agencies determine homeland strategies and priorities.
On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.