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TODAY: New tornado assistance helpline now taking calls

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
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

A new disaster recovery helpline goes live today for tornado survivors who need additional assistance to recover from Memorial Day twisters.

The United Way’s 211 HelpLink number will connect survivors to special operators who can complete an assessment and offer one-on-one case management assistance. The operators are available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Disaster case managers will partner with survivors to navigate the recovery process, identify available resources and help survivors achieve recovery goals.

The service is available for all Miami Valley households impacted by the tornadoes. If 211 service is not available in your area, survivors may call 937-225-3000.

Individuals with questions related to FEMA should continue to work with FEMA directly by going to the Disaster Resource Center at Children’s Medical Center, which will close on Friday, or by calling 1-800-621-3362.

FEMA DEADLINES

Recovery center to close Friday

The area’s last disaster recovery center at Dayton Children’s Hospital Child Health Pavilion will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through the end of Friday.

Sept. 3 last day to register with FEMA

Homeowners and renters with tornado-related losses have one week remaining to register for FEMA assistance.

Online: www.DisasterAssistance.gov

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.