From left, Malyssa Suarez and Steve Cooper, both with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Ahmed Hossain, of the Small Business Administration, and Brigitte Bouska, with the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, conduct a joint preliminary assessment of tornado-damaged buildings Wednesday at the Woodland Hills Apartments in Trotwood. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF
Photo: Chris Stewart
Photo: Chris Stewart

Trotwood FEMA disaster center to open Saturday

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will open a disaster relief center Saturday at Trotwood-Madison High School to help the region recover from a destructive Memorial Day tornado outbreak.

Representatives from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Ohio Emergency Management Agency and other Ohio agencies will be available to explain disaster assistance programs, answer questions about written correspondence and provide literature about repairs and rebuilding to make homes more disaster resistant.

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The center at 4440 N. Union Rd. in Trotwood will be open daily from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

But people impacted by Memorial Day tornadoes should not wait until the centers open to register for assistance, said Leo Skinner, a FEMA spokesman. 

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“Start the process,” he said. “We really need to get you into the system to move ahead. It’s the process we go through and we want to make sure everyone who qualifies for assistance gets the assistance they need.” 

People can register online at disasterassistance.gov or call (800) 621-3362. 

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As of Wednesday, 1,000 people in the 10-county disaster area had registered online or over the phone with FEMA, Skinner said.

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