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Ohio Severe Storms, Straight-line Winds, Tornadoes, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslide 2019

SEVERE STORMS, STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS, TORNADOES, FLOODING, LANDSLIDES, AND MUDSLIDE HELP FOR PEOPLE IN OHIO

Disaster Legal Hotline: 1-888-534-1432

Severe storms, winds, tornadoes, flooding, landslides, and a mudslide hit areas of Ohio from May 27 - 29, 2019. On June 18, 2019, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Ohio to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected during this period. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. People in the following areas are eligible to receive federal disaster assistance. Additional areas may be designated later. Please check here for updates.

  • Auglaize, Darke, Greene, Hocking, Mahoning, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Muskingum, Perry, Pickaway counties  

For DR-4447, assistance for affected individuals and families is available and people are urged to apply through FEMA.

Disaster Number: 4447

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

Appeal Your FEMA Decision If you would like to appeal FEMA's determination on assistance, you have 60 days from the date on the determination letter to do so.


Key resources for those impacted by this disaster

GOVERNMENT DISASTER RELIEF BENEFITS

Residents and businesses affected by this disaster can apply for government disaster relief benefits in several ways:

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
  • On the FEMA Mobile App,
  • Text “DRC” and a zip code to 43362 (4FEMA) to locate a Disaster Recovery Center in your area (standard message and data rates apply), or by
  • Calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages. 
  • For official news and press releases related to this disaster, please visit FEMA's News & Updates section
  • Note: Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available for eligible applicants. For more information, you may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s website. Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339.
  • Download this quick guide for an overview on the disaster assistance process.

LEGAL ASSISTANCE AND RESOURCES

  • A TOLL-FREE LEGAL AID HOTLINE is now available for survivors in Ohio who cannot pay for an attorney:
    • Survivors may CALL 1-888-534-1432 toll-free, Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 4:00 pm to request assistance. Click here for the full press release.
    • You can also visit here to complete an online application for legal help.
    • Individuals who qualify for assistance will be matched with Ohio lawyers who have volunteered to provide free legal limited help.
  • For legal assistance and other helpful recovery information, you can visit:  
    • Ohio Legal Help - Disaster Recovery Legal Information 
    • Advocates for Basic Legal Equality - A non-profit regional law firm that provides high quality legal assistance in civil matters to help eligible low-income individuals and groups in western Ohio achieve self-reliance, and equal justice and economic opportunity.
    • Legal Aid Line - Click here to receive legal help from Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO), Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) or a pro bono program. You must be: low-income; and live in one of 32-counties of northwest and west central Ohio or be an Ohio resident and have a legal problem in one of 32-counties of northwest and west central Ohio; and complete an application for services. 
    • Ohio State Bar Association - Learn more about legal information and services here
    • Southeastern Ohio Legal Services provides free civil legal aid to low-income individuals and families in southeastern Ohio. You can get help here
    • United Policyholders United Policyholders specializes in helping disaster survivors with insurance claim issues.
    • ABA Disaster Legal Services Program: Through the Disaster Legal Services Program, the ABA Young Lawyers Division (ABA-YLD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provide immediate temporary legal assistance to disaster survivors at no charge. Please visit their page for other disaster recovery resources.
  • If you need to appeal a FEMA denial on your own, please see here to get an interactive form to appeal and letter requesting a copy of your file.

OTHER RESOURCES THAT CAN HELP

ARE YOU AN ATTORNEY WHO CAN HELP? 

  • Familiarize yourself with the resources and trainings available at https://www.disasterlegalaid.org/trainings/.
  • Bookmark United Policyholder's (UP) website and resources, including the Roadmap to Recovery and Advocacy and Action. UP's mission is to be a trustworthy and useful information resource and an effective voice for consumers of all types of insurance in all 50 states.
  • Consider joining the National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center to connect with other attorneys and advocates responding to natural disasters. The Center offers monthly training calendar emails, specialized advocacy resources, a member roster, and discussion lists you can sign up for.