Tornado Relief

Tornado Disaster Recovery Assistance and Resources
Updated on July 12, 2019 at 2 PM

FEMA DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERS NOW OPEN

FEMA has opened two Disaster Recovery Centers in Montgomery County to help renters, homeowners and businesses affected by the tornadoes, storms and flooding of May 27 – 29, 2019. To request reasonable accommodation (ASL interpreting, Braille, Large print, etc.), please call 800-621-3362 in advance or ask recovery staff for assistance.

  • Trotwood- Madison High School, 4440 N Union Rd, Trotwood, OH 45426, Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Closed Sunday
  • Dayton Children’s Hospital, Child Health Pavilion, 1010 Valley St., Dayton, OH 45404, Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Closed Sunday

At the Disaster Recovery Center, representatives from FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration, Ohio Emergency Management Agency and other Ohio agencies are available to explain disaster assistance programs, answer questions about written correspondence and provide literature about repairs and rebuilding to make homes more disaster resistant.

BUSINESS RECOVERY CENTER OPEN IN HARRISON TOWNSHIP 

FEMA and the Small Business Administration have also opened a Business Recovery Center at the Harrison Township Community Center, 5945 North Dixie Drive Dayton, OH 45414, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Businesses, nonprofits, and homeowners are eligible for disaster loans through the Small Business Administration. These loans can be used to repair or replace disaster-damaged real estate, machinery, equipment, inventory, and other building assets. 

SBA representatives will be at the Business Recovery Center to provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application. You can get additional information by contacting the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  

The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is  Aug. 19, 2019.  
The deadline to return economic injury applications is March 18, 2020.

Before visiting a recovery center, survivors should register for federal assistance one of the following ways:
• Online at DisasterAssistance.gov;
• Using the FEMA App; or
• Call 800-621-3362 (including 711 or Video Relay). TTY users can call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.

If you have any questions regarding FEMA Assistance or the letter your received from FEMA regarding your assistance, please click these links to find more details:

1. Understanding Your FEMA Assistance Letter
2. Key Facts to Know About Federal Disaster Assistance 

COUNTY WORKFORCE SPECIALISTS OFFER MOBILE SERVICES

Montgomery County's Workforce Specialists are out in the communities affected by the tornadoes, helping people with resumes and linking them with job openings and training programs. Anyone needing help in their employment search can find Workforce Specialists at the following locations, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

Dayton Children's Hospital Child Health Pavilion
1010 Valley St., Dayton
(this is also a FEMA site)

Trotwood Madison High School
4440 N. Union Rd., Trotwood
(this is also a FEMA site)

Salvation Army Kroc Center
1000 N. Keowee St., Dayton

Wesley Community Center
3730 Delphos Ave., Dayton

Workforce Specialists will be at the Montgomery County Fair at the following times:

  • Friday, July 12, 1-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 13, 12-7 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 14, 1-6 p.m.

Workforce Specialists will be at the Life Enrichment Center, 42 N. Findlay St., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 7
  • Wednesday, Sept. 4
  • Wednesday, Oct. 2

FEMA OFFERS ADDITIONAL RENTAL ASSISTANCE 

If you are a homeowner or renter who initially received rental assistance from FEMA and home repairs are taking longer than expected, you may be eligible for additional rental assistance. You must provide FEMA with a completed Declaration of Continuing Need for Rental Assistance form, as well as other required paperwork to show you used your initial funds from FEMA to pay for new housing.

If you did not receive a declaration form in the mail, contact the FEMA Helpline to request one be mailed to you or request one in person at your nearest Disaster Recovery Center. For more information or to get answers to your questions about the FEMA process, call 800-621-3362 (including 711 or Video Relay). TTY users can call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT every day. Multilingual operators are available.

Return the Declaration form with the paperwork to FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program by:

  • Mailing them to the National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville MD 20782-8055.
  • Faxing them to 1-800-827-8112.
  • Uploading them to your online account at DisasterAssistance.gov (or creating a new account at the website and uploading them to it).
  • Visiting any open Disaster Recovery Center. To find the center closest to you, visit fema.gov/DRC.

COUNTY WAIVES UTILITY FEES FOR VICTIMS

Montgomery County Environmental Services has announced they will be temporarily waiving water consumption fees for water and sewer customers whose properties were damaged by the May 27, 2019 tornadoes. These fees are for both residential and commercial properties and include: emergency shut-off fee, trip charge fees, pull meter service fee, lost meter fees, late fees, and abandonment permit fee.

If you are a Montgomery County customer and your dwelling was destroyed and is unlivable: 

  • The fees listed above will be waived and you will NOT be charged a quarterly bill until water reconnection is made. If a quarterly bill has already been paid, the account will be credited for charges that occur on or after Monday, May 27, 2019.
  • You MUST have a contractor that has a bond/insurance on file with Montgomery County to obtain an abandonment permit (free of charge) and have services disconnected through the Environmental Services’ Permits Department.  This is to protect the quality and integrity of our water and sewer system and to ensure proper records are kept.
  • If you have questions about the permit process, please call 937-781-2628.
  • If you have other questions about your account, please call 937-781-2688.

If you are a Montgomery County customer and your dwelling sustained major structural damage (as classified by the EMA):

  • The fees listed above will be waived.
  • You will be billed up to the date prior to the tornado and all water consumption fees from Monday, May 27, 2019 forward will NOT be included on that current bill. Normal billing will resume for the next billing cycle.
  • Please note: ONLY the consumption fees will be waived, not the complete bill.

TREASURER RUSS JOSEPH EXTENDS TAX DEADLINE FOR VICTIMS

Owners who believe their property values declined more than 25 percent because of damage caused by the tornadoes are eligible for a one-year extension on the due date of their second half taxes. Extensions, if approved by the Board of Revision, will push back the tax due date to July 2020, giving people more time to complete their insurance claims and make needed repairs. The forms are online at www.mctreasurer.org and can be picked up at the treasurer’s office at 451 W. Third St. in the county administration building.

LOCATING LOST PETS

The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center is extending its hold period for stray dogs from areas affected by the recent tornadoes from three days to 10 days. With this extension, the shelter hopes to provide residents plenty of time to identify and reclaim any dogs lost because of the storms. The hold period extension will continue until July 15. Anyone who has lost their dog, either as a result of the storms or otherwise, should check the Animal Resource Center’s lost and found page often, available at www.mcanimals.org/lost-and-found/. That page has links to photos of all dogs currently under a stray hold.

FOR WORKERS

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available: Montgomery County citizens who are unemployed due to the disaster are eligible for disaster unemployment assistance. Individuals should call 1-877-644-6562 to make applications. 

Job placement, training, and supportive services are all currently available at The Job Center at 1111 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd. in Dayton. Montgomery County is encouraging anyone who has lost work because of the recent storm damage to come to the red door at The Job Center for employment help. Anyone in need of services should attend orientation, which is held at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Monday through Thursday.

The State of Ohio has approved a Montgomery County request for $500,000 to help businesses and workers affected by the tornados that touched down May 27 and 28. The bulk of the grant will fund a Mobile Career Resource Center, which will be outfitted with 20 computer stations, to support the County’s workforce-related needs. The grant will also help with training for people who have lost work because of the storms, and provide $100,000 toward supportive services for workers. These funds will cover the cost of dependent care, work attire and uniforms, tools, transportation, auto repair, and books and supplies for job training.

ASSISTANCE FOR BUSINESSES

Businesses who received damage from the recent storms can contact BusinessFirst! for additional resources by calling (937) 225-4351 or visiting www.BusinessFirstDaytonRegion.com.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY LONG-TERM RECOVERY OPERATIONS

Montgomery County has convened a Long-Term Recovery Group, partnering with local businesses, governments, and nonprofits to fill the gaps and meet needs of individuals and businesses in the community in the months and years to come. More information will be provided after the needs and resource assessment is complete, and as services become available. Montgomery County will ensure that there is ongoing communication about the recovery effort, including how to get needed assistance, how individuals can assist in the recovery, and documentation of funds received and used.

HOUSING 

If a natural disaster destroyed your housing and you need assistance with moving expenses, rental deposit, rent and utility payments, contact these numbers for assistance & resources: 

If the tornadoes destroyed your rental housing to the point that it is deemed uninhabitable:  

  • Contact your landlord or property management company to ask if there are comparable units available. Units should be comparable in pricing, bedroom size, amenities, and location.  
  • You can immediately vacate the premises and notify the landlord in writing of your intention to terminate the rental agreement, in which case the agreement terminates on the date of vacating.  
  • You are entitled to a refund of your security deposit if you have been forced out of your housing unit long term due to a natural disaster situation that’s out of your control. 

Property Taxes: Properties damaged/destroyed in the Memorial Day tornadoes may be  eligible for a deduction in taxable property value. Call Montgomery County Auditor’s Office at (937) 225-4326 or visit http://www.mcauditor.org/.

Property Deeds: Montgomery County Recorder’s Office will provide FREE property deeds to those impacted by the storm. Visit the Montgomery County Recorder’s Office from 8AM to 4PM, M-F, at 5th Floor, County Administration Building, 451 W. Third St., Dayton.

Legal Assistance and Fair Housing Resource 

Homeowner Assistance – Home Repair Programs 

  • CountyCorp: (937) 225-6328 
  • Rebuilding Together Dayton: (937) 223-4893 
  • People Working Cooperatively: (513) 351-7921 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY WAIVING FEES FOR UTILITY PERMITS

Montgomery County is helping the community to rebuild by issuing permits at no charge for electric and gas piping permits. This waiver is effective immediately for restoring services to properties affected by the recent storms. These waivers will be in effect through July 31. Property owners still need to apply for permits for safe reconnection!

Each property will need to be inspected to ensure safety when turning on the utilities, but the fees for these permits will be waived. For electric and gas reconnects, DP&L and Vectren are already inspecting properties that sustained minor or no damage, and restoring service where it can be done safely. If they find damage or leaks, they will inform the owner or tenant to have the damage repaired, and to then contact Montgomery County Building Regulations for permits and inspections.

To request a damage assessment, follow these steps:
1. Apply for a Damage Assessment permit. (www.mcohio.org/build)
2. Permits will be issued within 48 hours.
3. Request the damage assessment inspection, and an inspector will visit your property the following business day to conduct the damage assessment.
4. When the assessment is completed, you will receive a damage assessment report which you can submit to your insurance agent.

Any questions concerning permits for ensure safe utility reconnection should be directed to the Montgomery County Building Regulations Department at www.selectmcohio.com/mcohio/building or (937) 225-4622.

NOTE: To view your damage assessment report online, go to www.mcohio.org/build, select “Check Permit Status”, and type in your case (building permit) number or the address of the property. Please note, there are separate application forms for Commercial permits and 1,2 and 3 Family Residential permits. For multi-family buildings, assessments may be applied for on a “per building” basis. You don’t need to apply separately for each apartment.

PROGRAMS FOR STORM RELIEF FROM THE STATE TREASURER'S OFFICE

The Ohio Treasurer’s office administers two economic development programs that may be beneficial to impacted individuals or entities when insurance coverage or relief funds do not cover the full cost of repairs or replacement of property, equipment, or vehicles, or if those impacted did not have insurance coverage for the damage incurred.

  • ReEnergize Ohio and ECO-Link offer interest rate reduction on loans for damage from natural disasters for any Ohioan with a small business or a primary residence located in Ohio. The bank loan application must be submitted in conjunction with a participating Ohio depositary bank. The borrower and the bank loan officer complete the application online. Please contact the Ohio Treasurer’s Department of Economic Development at 614-466-6546 or 1-800-228-1102 for assistance finding a participating bank in your area.
  • ReEnergize Ohio (previously Renew Ohio) assists small business owners and farm operators who require loans to repair or replace their property. The ReEnergize Ohio linked-deposit program can work with SBA loans as well.
  • ECO-Link (previously Rebuild Ohio) assists homeowners with financing the restoration or replacement of their primary residence through the use of construction or restoration loans.

More information about ReEnergize Ohio and ECO-Link can be found at http://www.tos.ohio.gov/Economic_Development. If you have any further questions, please contact the Ohio Treasurer’s Department of Economic Development at 614-466-6546 or 1-800-228-1102.

MENTAL HEALTH AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT 

  • Samaritan CrisisCare: (937) 224-4646 
  • Optum Public Crisis Line: Emotional support help line at (866) 342-6892 is free of charge and available to anyone. Caring professionals will connect people to resources. It will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 800-985-5990 
    Nationwide hotline for individuals experiencing emotional distress for any disaster.  
    Or text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746 

DEBRIS MANAGEMENT AND REMOVAL 

Our Solid Waste District located at 1001 Encrete Ln., Moraine, OH has announced extended hours to accept solid waste and yard waste. Hours are: Monday – Friday, 6am – 8pm; Saturday, 7am – 4pm; Sunday – CLOSED. Montgomery County residents in heavily affected areas will experience approximately a 20% reduction in disposal costs only. Do not dump trash or debris! All trash or debris should be taken directly to the Solid Waste District or transported by private haulers from the curb. Jurisdictions and private haulers are helping to manage cleanup for trash and construction/demolition debris by providing large dumpsters in affected areas. Additional information at (937) 225-4999 or www.mcswd.org.

Yard Waste/Brush: Yard waste and brush disposal is FREE for Montgomery County residents at the Solid Waste District. All yard waste must be clean and free of debris/trash. No larger than 24” diameter pieces. No stumps. Contractors will be charged at $36/ton for yard waste and brush disposal. Residents should continue putting yard waste and brush debris at curbside. Local jurisdictions, private haulers, and volunteers are helping to remove yard waste and brush and take it to the appropriate location. 

Asbestos Removal: For emergency demolitions, a variance can be given by Regional Air Pollution Control Agency (RAPCA) for the asbestos inspection, the 10-working day wait, or the requirement to remove all regulated asbestos containing materials prior to the start of demolition activities of a facility. Emergency demolition means any demolition operation conducted under a written order issued by a state or local governmental agency because a facility is structurally unsound and in danger of collapse. Please note, residential structures having fewer than 4 dwelling units are exempt from all asbestos regulations. For full details visit www.phdmc.org or contact the RAPCA Asbestos Coordinator with questions and for assistance at 937-225-4435. 

Open Burning Prohibited: Many communities are faced with the task of disposing of large quantities of debris from the recent storms. Ohio has strict rules prohibiting the open burning of any waste material, including storm debris, within city limits. Storm debris includes any and all materials such as trees, brush, building materials, and trash. Contact your local municipalities for information concerning disposal methods and available assistance, or contact RAPCA at 937-225-4435 to get guidance.   

Companies offering specific disposal services are: 

Champion Equipment & Supply, 3600 Valley Street, Riverside, Ohio 45424 

Accepting: Tree debris ONLY (no trash)  
Open 7:30 am – 5:30 pm, M – F
Open 8:00 am – 3:00 pm, Saturday
Closed Sunday 

Vance Rd Hard Fill: 2101 Vance Rd., Dayton, OH  

Accepting: Construction & demolition debris ONLY (No trash and/or yard waste); 
Open 7am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday; 
Open 8am – 2pm, Saturday 

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