COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A total of $3,299,899 in grants for disaster related repairs and costs has been approved for disaster assistance in Ohio since the Presidential declaration of February 15, according to figures released today by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA).
The following is an update of recovery activities as of today:
- 3,875 individuals from the declared counties had called to apply for assistance
- 471 people had visited Disaster Recovery and Outreach Centers
- 1,294 temporary housing assistance grants were approved, totaling $2,146,904
- 919 Other Needs Assistance grants were approved, totaling $1,152,995 - may include grants for medical, dental, funeral, personal property, transportation and other eligible expenses
- 2,463 U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loan applications were issued: 2,175 to homeowners, 288 to business owners
Assistance Still A Toll-Free Call Away
Disaster recovery officials urge anyone who suffered damages or loss from the winter storms and flooding that occurred between December 22, 2004 and February 1, 2005 to apply for assistance by calling the FEMA toll-free registration number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with speech or hearing impairment can call TTY 1-800-462-7585. Both lines are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. You may also register through the Internet at www.fema.gov. The deadline to apply for assistance is April 18.
Disaster Recovery Center locations and schedules for this week are:
Ohio University, Pickerington Branch
12933 Stonecreek Drive
Pickerington, OH 43147
Hours of Operation: Tuesday, March 15 through Friday, March 18, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Union City Municipal Building
419 East Elm Street
Union City, OH 45390
Hours of Operation: Wednesday, March 16, through Friday, March 18, 9 a.m. ? 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 19, 8am to noon
Complete And Return Your SBA Loan Application
The SBA has issued 2,463 low-interest disaster loan applications to homeowners, renters and business owners throughout Ohio. Officials urge affected residents to complete and return their loan paperwork as soon as possible, even if they have not received a final settlement from their insurance company. If the loan application is not returned, eligibility for other forms of disaster assistance may be affected. SBA representatives will be available at the Disaster Outreach Centers listed below to assist with completion of disaster loan applications.
In Hockingport - Now Open
United Methodist Church Community Center, 28821 Pavilion Street
In Bellefontaine - Now Open
Ohio Highpoint Career Center, House #4, 2280 State Route 540
In Marietta - Now Open
Washington County Courthouse (Old Jail), 205 Putnam Street
In Dillonvale - Closing March 17, 1 p.m.
Dillonvale Senior Center, 46 Main Street
In McConnelsville - Closing March 17, 1 p.m.
Riecker Building, Chamber of Commerce Room, 155 Main Street
In Bucyrus - Now Open
Crawford County Courthouse Conference Room, 112 East Mansfield Street
In Columbus - Closing March 17, 1 p.m.
Franklin County EMA, 5300 Strawberry Farms Blvd.
In Zanesville - Now Open
Muskingum County EMA/EOC, 2215 Adamsville Road
In Yellowbud - Now Open
Yellowbud United Methodist Church Annex, 599 Yellowbud Road
For more information about SBA's low-interest disaster loan program, visit an SBA outreach centers or call the Dis...