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2004-06-24 04:00 - News Release

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Flood victims in disaster-declared Ohio counties do not need to be concerned that their applications for assistance will reduce the amount of money available for their neighbors. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) and voluntary organizations are providing a wide range of programs and services for victims of the flooding that began May 18.

2004-06-23 04:00 - News Release

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA) have a system in place to identify the very small percentage of applicants who try to cash in on others’ misfortune during the disaster recovery.

2004-06-23 04:00 - News Release

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In the first few weeks after a disaster, residents may be misled by half-truths and rumors they hear about how to get help and the various assistance programs that are available. When you have suffered a loss, the last thing you need is misinformation. According to state and federal disaster recovery officials, the best way to avoid that problem is to call and find out for yourself just what kind of assistance is available to you.

2004-06-21 04:00 - News Release

COLUMBUS, Ohio – If you were affected by the severe storms and flooding that began in Ohio May 18, you should be aware that some unscrupulous contractors might try to take advantage of you. “If you have disaster-related damages, be very careful when contracting for repairs,” said Brad Gair, federal coordinating officer for the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “I do not want you to become a victim a second time.”

2004-06-18 04:00 - News Release

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- State and federal officials announced today that disaster assistance is now available for Hocking, Mahoning and Portage counties, making residents in 11 Ohio counties now eligible for disaster assistance. The addition followed a review of damages incurred in flooding that began May 18.

2004-06-18 04:00 - News Release

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Flooded homeowners and renters are taking an active role in their own recovery, says Federal Coordinating Officer Brad Gair, appointed to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster assistance programs in Ohio. "Ohioans who had flood damage from recent storms are doing what they need to do before requesting federal assistance. We want to make sure that those in need receive all the assistance available to them, and we need their help to accomplish this task," Gair said.

2004-06-17 04:00 - News Release

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Since the June 3 presidential disaster declaration for Ohio, the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved more than $7.7 million in disaster assistance through its Individuals and Households Program. These funds are authorized only for the following purposes: Housing Needs

2004-06-16 04:00 - News Release

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The recent storms that swept parts of Ohio brought with them the risk of mold and mildew, especially in neighborhoods that experienced flooding. Disaster recovery and health officials warn that anyone whose home or business got wet inside should clean and disinfect those areas where mold spores and mildew are likely to grow.

2004-06-16 04:00 - News Release

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In two weeks since the June 3 Presidential disaster declaration, $6,968,526 in grants and low-interest disaster loans has been approved for disaster assistance in Ohio, according to figures issued today by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (Ohio EMA).

2004-06-16 04:00 - News Release

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Damage from flooding may be so extensive that you may decide to hire a contractor or cleaning service to help with flood damage cleanup. If you are hiring a contractor to specifically clean up mold, be sure you're dealing with a reputable person or company. People claiming to be mold specialists and cleanup experts may have no training in this field. Improperly done cleanup work can make a mold problem worse instead of better. Here are some tips on choosing a contractor to perform mold cleanup: