COLUMBUS—State Senator Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) this week announced that Ohio has received federal assistance for individuals in 10 counties impacted by tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, and landslides last month.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump issued a Presidential Disaster Declaration for federal assistance for individuals and businesses after 21 tornadoes touched down during the severe storms that passed through Ohio during the evening of May 27 and early morning of May 28.
"I am grateful to President Trump for honoring his commitment to help those who were devastated by the storms late last month," said Schaffer. "I encourage those who were impacted to take advantage of the assistance programs to hopefully begin to rebuild and restore what was lost."
The Presidential Disaster Declaration was issued for Pickaway, Hocking, Muskingum and also Auglaize, Darke, Greene, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, and Perry, counties.
In addition to possible low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the declaration opens up the following assistance programs: Individual Assistance Program, Disaster Legal Services Program, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
The Presidential Disaster Declaration also now allows the state to apply for crisis counseling assistance, disaster unemployment assistance, and disaster case management help.
Individuals and businesses impacted from the storms can register for FEMA assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 (TTY 1-800-462-7585).