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Montgomery County Long Term Recovery Operations
On Memorial Day, the Montgomery County area was hit with an EF4 tornado -- just one of 15 tornadoes to touch down late that evening. The County's initial response was one of public safety, initiating search and recovery operations, getting medical care to those in our community who needed it, and evacuating people from dangerous situations.
Once immediate needs were met, the County began short-term recovery operations. Now the short-term recovery operations are transitioning to a long-term recovery effort. These long-term efforts could likely take years. For long-term recovery operations, the County is partnering with the following organizations:• The Dayton Foundation• Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response• American Red Cross• St. Vincent de Paul• Sinclair Community College• Miami Valley Community Action Partnership• Catholic Social Services• The Salvation Army• St. Mary Development Corporation• Rebuilding Together Dayton• Goodwill/Easter Seals Miami Valley• United Way of Greater Dayton
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.
The following list of resources was compiled in part by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and by Montgomery County. All are subject to change, and may need to be confirmed prior to use. Please use them as guidance only, and confirm with a call or check of social media posts whenever possible.
Montgomery County, in partnership with ADAMHS, has opened a Family Assistance Center (FAC) located at 1500 Shiloh Springs Road in Dayton (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). The center will operate until further notice from Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Center will serve as a “one stop” location to meet with representatives of Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County, American Red Cross, Montgomery County Auditor’s Office, Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services, St. Vincent DePaul, United Way HelpLink, Ohio BMV, and ABLE Legal Aid. The Center will offer access to one-on-one intervention services to assist with trauma and mental health needs for those individuals affect by the tornadoes. Trained specialists will help to identify needs and make referrals to appropriate services.
A computer lab will be available for displaced residents to access online services for such things as insurance claims, public assistance benefits, replacement Medicaid/Medicare cards, and information on senior services, housing and transportation services.
Public Health will be providing free cribs for those affected by the tornadoes during all hours of operation. They will also provide information and referrals to other Public Health services.
The Salvation Army’s Kroc Center will operate a Resource Center at 1000 N. Keowee Street, Dayton, from 1 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 6, through Saturday, June 8, and Monday, June 10, through Tuesday, June 11, from 1 to 8 p.m.
The Kroc Resource Center will provide tornado-affected individuals with hot meals, food boxes, hygiene kits, case management, gift cards, vouchers to Salvation Army stores, and emotional and spiritual care. Between June 6 and 11, a free RTA shuttle will operate 1-7 p.m., between the Family Assistance Center and the Salvation Army’s Dayton Kroc Center.
Call the Kroc Center for more details at (937) 528-5100.
Monday, June 17th 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sinclair Community College (Building 12)
Through a collaboration of community groups and organizations, including the Community Action Partnership, Caresource, Montgomery County, ADAMHS, Lexis Nexis, Greene County Recorder Eric Sears, Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith, the Ohio BMV, Montgomery County Recorder Brandon McClain, Montgomery County Clerk of Courts Mike Foley, The Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project, Advocates for Basic Legal Equity, Inc., Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc., Sinclair Community College, The Greater Dayton RTA, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, residents impacted by the tornados that passed through our area on May 27 who have lost important documents can receive a waiver on all application fees for the following documents:
Residents will also receive information on post-tornado issues and gain a better understanding of:
Residents will also have access to:
This event also features:
For More Information, please contact the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project at: (937) 461-3857.
Montgomery County is helping the community to rebuild by issuing permits at no charge for electric and gas piping. 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 will still need to apply for an electric or gas piping permit. 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.
Any questions concerning permits for safe utility reconnection should be directed to the Montgomery County Building Regulations Department atwww.selectmcohio.com/mcohio/building or (937) 225-4622.
The boil advisory has been lifted for all of Dayton, Montgomery County, Greene County, Trotwood, and Brookville water systems. The conservation advisory is also lifted. You can return to normal water usage. We are no longer redirecting wastewater (sewage) into the Stillwater River. However, the river has not been cleared as safe by Public Health at this time.
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.
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.
FEMA & DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS
We do not have a federal emergency declaration at this time. Our assessment teams have already conducted preliminary assessments of the property damage in the impacted communities. No FEMA relief sites are in operation in our area. FEMA will be conducting a separate damage assessment and making their own determination at a later time.
Auditor’s Office Notice: Properties damaged or destroyed in the Memorial Day tornadoes may be eligible for a deduction in taxable property value. Call the Montgomery County Auditor’s Office at 937-225-4326 or visit http://www.mcauditor.org/ to complete and submit a form.
Montgomery County is coordinating shelter, food, water with jurisdictions, Red Cross and the Foodbank, Inc.
As of June 14, all of the previous shelters (Morton Middle School, Corinthian Church, and First Baptist Church in Kettering) have been consolidated to Bethesda Temple, 3701 Salem Ave, Dayton, OH
VRBO may also offer reduced rates for shelter in time of disaster: www.vrbo.com
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 and resources:• Miami Valley Community Action Partnership:937-963-9433• St. Vincent de Paul Conferences: 937-222-5555• VRBO may also offer reduced rates for shelter in time of disaster: www.vrbo.com
If the recent tornadoes destroyed your rental housing to the point that it is deemed uninhabitable:
Homeowner Assistance – Home Repair Programs• CountyCorp: 937-225-6328• Rebuilding Together Dayton: 937-223-4893• People Working Cooperatively: 513-351-7921
Legal Assistance and Fair Housing Resource• Legal Aid of Western Ohio, 937-228-8088, 1-888-534-1432, http://www.ablelaw.org/• Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, 937-223-6035, https://www.mvfairhousing.com/
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.
Ohio Realtors have created a $325,000 Housing Disaster Relief Fund to assist Montgomery, Greene and Mercer County residents whose homes were damaged in the Memorial Day tornado outbreak. Residents who owned or rented a home may be eligible for up to a $1,000 non-repayable grant if they meet certain criteria. Assistance will be limited to housing relief only. Expenses such as second mortgages, vehicle purchases and rental and/or mileage are not eligible for reimbursement. Details about eligibility requirements are available at https://www.ohiorealtors.org/. The grant application is also available on the site.
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.
For construction loans, provides up to a 3% interest rate reduction on individual or commercial loans for up to four (4) years. The rate reduction is available on loans up to $550,000, with possible cap variance on a case by case basis.
For restoration loans, provides up to 3% interest rate reduction on loans up to four (4) years. The rate reduction is available on loans up to $550,000.
The online application consists of two brief forms – one from the applicant and one from the lender. Contractor estimates for a business construction project must be attached and must total greater than or equal to the full amount of the loan.
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.
For construction loans, provides up to a 3% interest rate reduction on loans for up to two (2) years. The rate reduction is available on loans up to $400,000.
For restoration loans, provides up to a 3% interest rate reduction on loans for up to seven (7) years. The rate reduction is available on loans up to $50,000.
The online application consists of two brief forms – one from the applicant and one from the lender. Contractor estimates for the projects must be attached and total greater than or equal to the full amount of the loan.
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.
Large Donations (large trucks, semis, skids or larger):
Blood Donations: The Community Blood Center is in critical need of type O positive blood. Emergency room usage was high during Memorial Day weekend and storm damage has forced blood drive cancellations. Dayton CDC at 349 South Main Street is operating. Schedule donation at http://www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE.
Pet Supplies and Donations: The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center has received an incredible outpouring of community support with donations of pet food, cat litter, and bottled water. With a large amount of pet supplies already donated, the Animal Resource Center is serving as a spot for those affected by the Memorial Day tornadoes to pick up supplies. Anyone who needs a bag of food or other supplies can stop by the Animal Resource Center.
The Animal Resource Center will also continue to accept donations from the community to help our community’s pets. Anyone willing to donate can bring food, cat litter, water, and other pet necessities to the Animal Resource Center. Supplies can be dropped off or picked up during regular business hours:
The Animal Resource Center is located at 6790 Webster St., Dayton, 45414. For any questions, contact the Animal Resource Center at (937) 898-4457.
Those affected by the storms can call the United Way 2-1-1 HelpLink Service if they are seeking resources such as clothing, food or programs for themselves or their family.
Individuals wishing to volunteer with recovery efforts can sign up at the Montgomery County Volunteer Reception Center located at Sinclair Community College. All types of assistance are needed. Licensed professionals in skilled trades, as well as individuals and companies that own and operate equipment (everything from chainsaws to heavy equipment) are very much needed and encouraged to volunteer their time. Volunteers must sign up in person and bring a picture ID.
Sinclair Community College, Building 12
Room 12201 (garage under Building 12, entrance on 4th near Perry St.)
Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phone number: (937) 512-5700
Individuals will not typically be matched the same day they register so we encourage you to plan ahead.
Organizations seeking volunteers to assist with relief work should indicate their specific needs on this form. Click here to view the Organization/Agency Request Form for Volunteers.
The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce has put together a listing of resources for business owners impacted by the storm. View it here: https://daytonchamber.org/disaster-relief-in-dayton-how-chamber-members-can-give-receive/
If your business has been impacted or disrupted by the recent severe weather and tornadoes, BusinessFirst! will connect you with resources and assistance. General phone number: 937-225-4351. Link: www.resources4business.info/businessfirst/protectMyBusiness.html#panel6
The Wireless Emergency Communication Center has moved to Old North Dayton, Fire Station 8, 2636 Stanley Avenue (the corner of Stanley and Farr avenues).
City of Trotwood has declared 3 apartment complexes uninhabitable. The American Red Cross will offer shelter to 177 people from Westbrook Village and 425 people from Woodland Hills (formerly Castlebrook). Buses will be arriving at those apartment complexes today at NOON, 4:00 PM, and 6:30 PM. Residents are being transported to the Red Cross Morton Middle School shelter.
A designated phone has been set up for any questions on donations needed or to arrange to donate or help in any way. The phone number is 833-2345 ext.: 315, available 24 hours a day.
Shellabarger Park on Burkhardt Road is closed until further notice due to debris and fallen trees. The entrances have been closed off and we ask that no residents enter under any circumstance until further notice.
Ohio Emergency Management Agency
If a disaster is declared in your area, please call to apply for assistance or visit www.disasterassistance.gov.
Apps will update people on current disaster situation and provide information on safety during a disaster: