Boarded and tarp covered homes along Rolfe Ave. in Harrison Twp. nearly a month after suffering damage from the Memorial Day tornado. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Photo: Ty Greenlees
Photo: Ty Greenlees

Getting help from FEMA: Montgomery County residents top request list

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had received 2,758 registrations for tornado damage assistance as of Thursday morning from a 10-county disaster area. 

And a vast majority of those — 2,352, or about 85 percent — were submitted by Montgomery County survivors, according to FEMA. 

MORE: The latest count: How many structures did tornadoes destroy in Montgomery County communities? 

Already, about $1.5 million in assistance through FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program has been approved for victims. Roughly 90 percent of that has been disbursed, said FEMA spokesman Leo Skinner. 

Most of the early funding is going toward rental assistance and home repair, he said.

By the end of Wednesday, 488 people had showed up in person to talk with FEMA representatives at one of the area’s three operational disaster recovery centers — the bulk visiting the center at Trotwood-Madison High School, Skinner said. Another center will open for four days in Miami County beginning today.

FEMA registrations for Memorial Day tornado damage

Montgomery County accounted for a vast majority of FEMA assistance registrations in the 10-county disaster federal disaster area as of Thursday morning.
County Registrations
Montgomery 2,352
Greene 251
Mercer 48
Miami 37
Pickaway 22
Auglaize 14
Hocking 13
Muskinghum 13
Perry 5
Darke 3
Total 2,758
Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency

President Donald Trump issued a Presidential Disaster Declaration on June 18, opening up federal assistance for individuals and businesses after 21 tornadoes touched down in Ohio during the evening of May 27 and early the next morning. 

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Register with FEMA 


Mobile device: FEMA App 

Phone: 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. daily. Multilingual operators are available. 

Deadline to register: Aug. 19 

Disaster recovery centers  


Dayton Children’s Hospital Child Health Pavilion 

1010 Valley St.

7 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily 


Trotwood-Madison High School 

4440 N. Union Road

7 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily 


Shaw Elementary School 

3560 Kemp Rd. 

7 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily 

Miami County 

Milton Union High School 

7640 Milton-Potsdam Rd., West Milton 

Friday, June 28 through Monday, July 1, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. 

Small Business Association disaster assistance centers 

Harrison Twp. 

5945 N. Dixie Drive 

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays 


3210 Beaver-Vu Drive 

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays

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