2019 Memorial Day Tornado Outbreak

Mattresses line up at a loading dock. Volunteers continue furniture deliveries to families displaced by the Memorial Day Tornadoes.
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Nearly six months after the Memorial Day tornadoes, many residents in the hardest-hit communities continue to recover. More than 4,000 Montgomery County properties suffered damage in the storm and many survivors remain in temporary housing.

Of the hundreds of tornado-affected people who signed up for emergency replacement furniture from the nonprofit St. Vincent de Paul, more than 150 are still waiting for furniture assistance.

And, says Steve Bowen, that number is an undercount.

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Health officials in Montgomery County say some residents are only beginning to experience the effects of trauma from this year's Memorial Day tornadoes and the Oregon District shooting. Now, a new website aims to help people in need of assistance. And the county is getting the word out about the program through a billboard campaign. 

FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration are urging people affected by the tornadoes to apply for financial help.
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The Miami Valley's last-remaining federal disaster assistance center opened in the aftermath of the Memorial Day tornadoes closed this week.

The Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Outreach Center at the Dayton Children’s Hospital Health Pavilion shut down Wednesday. SBA officials say the agency approved more than $27 million in low-interest loans for homeowners, renters and business owners across the statewide Memorial Day disaster zone.

James Sercu gets a tattoo while behind him artist Will Eagle draws his 16th tattoo of the day at Drawing Dayton Together.
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Dayton themed tattoos have become popular across the city since the mass shooting in the Oregon District last month. People are getting Gem City designs, Dayton Strong ink, the shape of the state with a star where the city lies.

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Class is back in session in many Dayton area school districts. Hundreds of students in those districts were, in some way, affected by both the Memorial Day tornadoes and the Oregon District mass shooting. 

Some districts say they are responding to students’ mental health needs, but the need for those services has already been rising in recent years.

In the Trotwood Madison City School District, 226 students were displaced by the May tornadoes. Officials say they’re seeing students with signs of trauma related to the tornado and the shooting. 

Four FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will be open Thursday, July 4, to help people affected by the storms.
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The last Dayton-area Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Recovery Center established after the Memorial Day tornadoes closed Friday. Emergency officials continue to encourage anyone affected by the storms to start a claim with FEMA before the final Tuesday, Sept. 3 deadline. 

More than 6,000 people have so far applied for disaster aid, FEMA reports. The agency recently extended the original August deadline to allow more time for people across the tornado zone to apply.

Cemex Reserve in Fairborn is being used to store organic tornado debris.
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Greene County officials are continuing to contend with massive quantities of organic debris left behind by an EF3 tornado that touched down in the area on Memorial Day.

Nearly 150,000 cubic yards of debris has been removed from Greene County properties since the storm hit -- that's enough to fill about five Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Greene County Administrator Brandon Huddleson says the debris is being stored at two sites: the county’s environmental services center and Cemex Reserve, a public park that contains wetland areas.

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Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, United States Small Business Administration and the city of Dayton are urging people affected by the Memorial Day tornadoes to apply for federal disaster assistance. The filing deadline is Tuesday September 3, 2019.

James Joseph, the regional administrator with the FEMA, says more than 6,000 people have already signed up for FEMA or SBA assistance.

Congressman Mike Turner (R-10) joins the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati and its local partners to announce $5 Million in grant funding for tornado affected families.
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A regional bank headquartered in Cincinnati announced Wednesday they are making up to $5 million dollars available to help residents affected by the Memorial Day Tornado outbreak. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati made the public announcement in Harrison Twp., which sustained heavy damage from the storms.

A home in a heavily storm-damaged area of Trotwood
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Homeowners and renters affected by the Memorial Day tornadoes are invited to two special recovery events this week. The so-called Housing Recovery Resource Fairs aim to connect anyone still struggling with storm-related housing issues with assistance from FEMA, the United States Small Business Administration, state and county agencies.