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Ohio State and Local Level Referrals

When a disaster occurs, local governments often work together with community leaders and organizations to provide on-the-ground emergency management. You may also reference our national-level referrals list.

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For reference, the local resources we list provide disaster recovery services in the categories noted below.

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For reference, see the full list of disaster recovery service categories covered in the below local resource list.

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Ohio State and Local Level Referrals

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CategoryEntityType of AssistanceTelephone Number
Access and Functional Needs and DisabilityOpportunities for Ohioans with DisabilitiesInformation on state and public resources for people with disabilities. 800-282-2695, press "0"
Access and Functional Needs and DisabilityOhio Department of Developmental DisabilitiesInformation and resources for people with disabilities and caregivers.  Support, housing, case management, and care facilities.800-617-6733
Aging ServicesOhio Department of AgingInformation and resources for older adults.  Senior programs and services, contact information for Area Agency on Aging (AAA).800-266-4346
TTY Relay: 711 & 614-466-5500
Agricultural AidUSDA- Ohio Farm Service AgencyUSDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides emergency loans to help producers recover from production and physical losses due to drought, flooding, other natural disasters, or quarantine.Visit website
Animal Health &  Sheltering AssistanceTri-State County Animal Response TeamThis is an emergency animal rescue team who assist in animal healthcare and rescue issues as called into play by state and county Emergency Management Agencies.  Serving Ohio counties of Butler, Hamilton, Warren, Clermont, Clinton, Highland, Brown, Adams513-702-8373
Animal Health &  Sheltering AssistanceThe Pet FBI of Ohio Information on emergency animal healthcare and sheltering services.  Lost and found pets, ID tags, spay and neuter, and pet preparednessOnline report forms
Online email contact form
Consumer ServicesOhio Office of Attorney General: ServicesConsumer services, includes consumer awareness information, foreclosure resources, scam reporting, and consumer complaint services.  Online complaint filing available.Help Center: 800-282-0515
Live Online Chat
ContractorsOhio Department of Commerce: LicensingOnline Contractor licensing verification, information on contractors, and complaint services.  614-644-2223
Crisis CounselingThe Hope Line Mental health and recovery services for Allen, Auglaize, and Hardin Counties.  Crisis counseling, screening and crisis intervention for children and adolescents, emergency diagnostic assessment, and after hours care.Emergency:  911
Crisis Line: 800-567-HOPE (4673) 
Text 741 741
General: 419-222-5120
Crisis CounselingSuicide and Crisis HotlinesDirectory of suicide and crisis hotlines, and mental health services in Ohio.Emergency:  911
See directory
Crisis CounselingOHIO CaresCommunity based resources available to service members, veterans and their families. OHIOcares is designed to provide seven days a week consultation regarding behavioral health issues or concerns for Ohio National Guard members and their families.
Emergency: 911
text "4hope" to 741 741
Disaster Specific InformationTBD  
Disaster UnemploymentOhio Department of Job and Family Services:  Unemployment InsuranceWhen Disaster Unemployment Assistance is activated, the agency will provide disaster information.  This assistance provides weekly benefit payments to those out of work due to the disaster, including self-employed persons, farm and ranch owners, and others not covered under regular unemployment insurance programs.877-644-6562
TTY: 614-387-8408           
Essential NeedsOhio Department of Job and Family Services: Family AssistanceInformation and application assistance for public financial assistance programs such as food, cash, and medical assistance.  Online County Directory for local offices.General: 614-466-4815
Family Assistance Call Center:  
Essential NeedsOhio Department of Health:  Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) ProgramWIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.   Nutrition evaluation and monthly vouchers to receive free supplemental, highly nutritious foods such as cereal, cheese, milk, eggs, peanut butter and dried beans.  Online directory of WIC Clinics.614-644-8006
Essential NeedsOhio United Way 211Health and human services referral service.  Online OHIO 2-1-1 database search for resources by county.211
Essential NeedsHocking Athens Perry Community Action Program:  Food PantryServing Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton, and Washington counties. Information for food assistance programs, nutrition,  emergency services, transportation, housing, and community services.  Online Southeast Ohio Foodbank food pantry locator.740-767-4500
Family & Protective ServicesOhio Department of Job and Family Services: Child Protective Services Individuals concerned with children at risk for abuse and neglect. To make a report, contact the public children services agency (PCSA) in the county where the child and his or her parent, guardian or custodian reside.  Online County Directory.Emergency: 911
855-OH-CHILD (642-4453)   
See county directory for additional offices
Family & Protective ServicesOhio Department of Job and Family Services:  Adult Protective ServicesIndividuals concerned with possible elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation.  Any concerned citizen should report suspected situations of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation to their County Departments of Job and Family Services. Online County Directory.Emergency: 911
24/7 Hotline: 855-644-6277
See county directory
Financial AssistanceOhio Department of Job and Family Services: Family AssistanceInformation and application assistance for public financial assistance programs such as food, cash, and medical assistance.  Online County Directory for local offices.General: 614-466-4815
Family Assistance Call Center:  
Financial AssistanceU.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Customer Service Center (SBA)Low interest mortgages, personal property, and economic injury loans are available to homeowners, renters, and business owners affected by the disaster.800-659-2955 TTY: 800-877-8339
Health Care ServicesOhio Department of MedicaidInformation on the Medicaid health care for low income residents, resources, and provider information.  Information on HealthChek Services for children. Online County Directory.Consumer Hotline:
Housing InformationSocial Serve Housing Resource is a non-profit organization that assist tenants and agencies in finding affordable housing for callers free of charge. Using a toll-free number, callers work with trained, bilingual call center specialists to find available housing. 877-428-8844
Relay 711
InsuranceOhio Department of InsuranceGeneral insurance information for consumers, consumer protection, insurance agency locator, fraud reporting and online complaint services.General: 614-644-2658
Consumer Hotline:
Fraud Hotline:
Medicare Hotline: 800-686-1578
Tax AssistanceOhio Department of Taxation State tax information for individuals and businesses, online services, tax alerts, and self help resources.Individual General: 
Business General: 888-405-4039
Veterans ServicesOhio Department of Veterans ServicesInformation regarding veteran benefits including pensions, medical care, home loans, burial, and life insurance.Main: 614-644-0898
Benefits: 877-644-6838
Crisis: 800-273-8255 
Vital StatisticsOhio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Replacement drivers licenses, identification cards, automobile registration, title services.  Online services available.General:  844-644-6268   
Live Chat available
Vital StatisticsOhio Department of Health: Vital Statistics Replacement birth/death/marriage certificates and other vital documents.General: 614-466-3543

Referrals Last Updated: May 2024