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Posted on: May 29, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Disaster Relief Resources


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.

Family Assistance Center

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.

Document Replacement and Legal Resource Clinic

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:

  • Driver’s License
  • Auto Title
  • Divorce Decree
  • Court ordered Name Change Document
  • Deeds
  • Marriage License
  • Social Security Card
  • Passport
  • Guardianship

Residents will also receive information on post-tornado issues and gain a better understanding of:

  •  FEMA assistance programs
  •  Nutritional programs and benefits such as emergency food stamps
  •  Landlord/tenant issues
  •  Insurance claim issues
  •  Homeowner mortgage payment options after a disaster
  •  Consumer fraud scams
  •  Tax relief options
  •  So much more

Residents will also have access to:

  •  Clothes
  •  Diapers/Wipes
  •  Food
  •  Household Items
  •  Cleaning Supplies
  •  Hygiene Products
  •  Toiletries
  •  Toys/Games

This event also features:

  • Free movie for children
  • Free parking will be available in the Building 12 garage
  • Free transportation to and from the event, during clinic hours, courtesy of RTA

For More Information, please contact the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project at: (937) 461-3857.

Electric and Gas Permits

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 at or (937) 225-4622.

Water and Sewer Update

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.  

Steps to Request a Damage Assessment Permit

To request a damage assessment, follow these steps:

1. Apply for a Damage Assessment permit. (
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, 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.


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 to complete and submit a form.

Food and Water Needs

Montgomery County is coordinating shelter, food, water with jurisdictions, Red Cross and the Foodbank, Inc.  

  • Harrison Township Fire Station 94, 2400 Turner Road, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - food, water, hygiene and household supplies (both receiving and distributing)
  • Montgomery County Fairgrounds (Matthew 25: Ministries), 645 Infirmary Road - Water, ice, food, other supplies and resources
  • The Foodbank, 56 Armor Place, Dayton - Food and water
  • Washington Township Recreation Center, 895 Miamisburg-Centerville Road - Water and other supplies
  • Montgomery County Environmental Services, 1850 Spaulding Road, Kettering - Water

Shelter Locations

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: 


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:

If the recent 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 that you can move into. Units should be comparable in pricing, bedroom size, amenities, and location.
  • You can immediately vacate the premises and notify the landlord in writing your intention to terminate the rental agreement, in which case the rental agreement terminates as of 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.

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,
• Miami Valley Fair Housing Center, 937-223-6035,

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

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.

Grants from Ohio Realtors Housing Disaster Relief Fund

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 The grant application is also available on the site.

Assistance for Uninsured

  • If you are uninsured and have damages from this week's tornadoes, please call the Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency Hotline, 937-225-6217, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. to report your damage.   
  • Ohio Tornado Home Cleanup Hotline: 800-451-1954; open through June 14

Programs for Storm Relief

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 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.

Debris Disposal 

  • Free Debris Removal:  From now until June 14, 2019, several relief agencies are staffing a free hotline for tarping, tree-cutting, debris removal, and home cleanup from the recent tornadoes. This hotline will connect survivors with reputable and vetted relief agencies that will assist in debris cleanup, as they are able. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the expected overwhelming need.  This hotline will alert multiple relief agencies of survivors who need help and will connect them with local relief agencies in the area. All services are FREE and performed by vetted and reputable relief agencies and members of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. Response times will vary, so we ask residents to remain patient while teams receive and organize their response to help.  Important: This hotline cannot assist with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insurance, or questions about FEMA registration.

  • Montgomery County Solid Waste District at 1001 Encrete Lane in Moraine is accepting yard waste debris FREE of charge for county residents. Please make sure all yard waste is free of other trash, and no larger than 24” in diameter.  No stumps will be accepted.  Drop-off times are during regular business hours of Monday – Friday 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday – 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sunday – 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Yard Waste Drop-off and Transfer Station only, no recycle drop-off, electronics drop-off, or waste oil drop-off)
    • 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 or trash, and no longer than 24" diameter pieces.  They will not accept stumps.  Contractors will be charged $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 remove yard waste and brush and take it to the appropriate location.
    • Residents can call the crisis management hotline for help gaining debris removal assistance:  800-451-1954.
    • Additional information at 937-225-4999 or

  • Trash:  Jurisdictions and private haulers are helping manage cleanup for trash and construction/demolition debris by providing large dumpsters in affected areas.

  • Construction and demolition material: Can be dropped off for a fee at Solid Waste District, 1001 Encrete Lane, Moraine, 937-225-4999.

  • City of Dayton Green Debris Disposal Landfill Locations and Hours: 

  • Open burning of debris is prohibited.  Ohio has strict rules prohibiting the open burning of any waste material, including storm debris, within city limits.  Contact your local municipalities for information concerning disposal methods and available assistance, or contact RAPCA at 937-225-4435 to get guidance.   


  • Main Site:  St. Vincent DePaul Community Store, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 120 W. Apple Street, Dayton, 45402

  • The City of Dayton has opened three recreation facilities that will accept In-kind donations smaller than a skid: (6AM-9PM, M-F, Sat 8AM-4PM) Note:  People can get showers here too.
    • Northwest Recreation Center, 1600 Princeton Dr, Dayton, OH 45406
    • Greater Dayton Recreation Center, 2021 W Third St, Dayton, OH 45417
    • Lohrey Recreation Center, 2366 Glenarm Ave, Dayton, OH 45420

Large Donations (large trucks, semis, skids or larger):

  • L Expo Center Dayton Airport, 3900 McCauley Drive, Vandalia, OH 45377, Open 7AM-2PM, Monday through Friday
    Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 645 Infirmary Rd, Dayton, is also accepting donations.

Monetary Donations:

  • Donate money to the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS or text the word RedCROSS to 90999.
  • Donate money to The Foodbank, Inc.

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 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:

  • Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Animal Resource Center is located at 6790 Webster St., Dayton, 45414. For any questions, contact the Animal Resource Center at (937) 898-4457.

United Way 2-1-1 HelpLink Service

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.

  • 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember phone number that connects callers to information and services in times of need. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even during disasters. 

Mental Health Support

  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline (a nationwide hotline for individuals experiencing emotional distress during a disaster):
  • Optum Public Crisis Line:  A toll-free emotional support help line that is free of charge and available to anyone.  Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week:  866-342-6892
  • Samaritan CrisisCare:  937-224-4646

Lost and Found Pets

Volunteer Reception Center

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.   


  • Diversite Salon, 37 Hillside Court in Englewood, is offering free shampoos, showers, bottled water and food until power and water comes back on for area residents. 
  • OinkADoodleMoo is opening its restaurants for a “place to rest, get free water, use the internet, or just a place to call home for awhile.” Area locations: 8683 N. Main St., Clayton; 40 N. Main St., Miamisburg; 912 East Dorothy Lane, Kettering; 10 W. Second St., Dayton.
  • Tide's Loads of Hope is offering 2 free loads of free laundry to Montgomery County residents.  Location: Home Depot, 5200 Salem Ave., Trotwood.   
  • State Farm-Dayton will be at the Trotwood Home Depot, 5200 Salem Ave., Trotwood.  They will have customer care are with phone charging stations, free wifi, bottled water, etc. They will be there from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. through the weekend. Local Agents and Claims will be on hand to help answer questions

Business Resources

The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce has put together a listing of resources for business owners impacted by the storm. View it here: 

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: 

Wireless Emergency Communication Center

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

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • 500 C Street Southwest, Washington, DC 20472, 800-621-FEMA,

If a disaster is declared in your area, please call to apply for assistance or visit

Tornado Preparedness and Recovery Information

Red Cross Safety Information and Disaster Update Apps

Apps will update people on current disaster situation and provide information on safety during a disaster:

Local Salvation Army Locator 


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