Victims of the Mercer and Auglaize County tornadoes will be able to talk to agencies recovery assistance starting on June 28th.

A disaster recovery center will open in Celina at 7 a.m. on Friday. Representatives from FEMA, the Small Business Administration, Ohio EMA, and other agencies can talk to people affected by the tornadoes through the process of the various disasters assistance programs that they offer. The center will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Victims of the tornado need to register for federal assistance before they come to the center.

Press Release from Ohio Emergency Management Agency

A Disaster Recovery Center will open Friday, June 28 in Celina to help renters, homeowners and businesses in Ohio affected by the tornadoes, storms and flooding of May 27 – 29, 2019.

Location:   Celina Central Services Building

                    220 W. Livingston St.

                    Celina, OH 45822

Hours:      Monday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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. Individuals can visit any open Disaster Recovery Center to get their questions answered. To find the center closest to you, visit www.fema.gov/DRC.

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.

Anyone requiring a reasonable accommodation (ASL interpreting, Braille, Large print, etc.) may call 800-621-3362 to request assistance in advance or ask the recovery staff at the center for assistance.

Ten Ohio counties have been approved for individual assistance including Auglaize, Darke, Greene, Hocking, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Muskingum, Perry and Pickaway counties. Additional recovery centers will be opening to support survivors in many of these counties.

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FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during and after disasters.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 or TTY at 800-462-7585. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585. All Disaster Recovery Centers are physically accessible and equipped to accommodate disaster survivors who need communication access. If you require an accommodation (ASL interpreter, braille, large print, etc.) while visiting a Disaster Recovery Center, just ask a FEMA representative.