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A home in a heavily storm-damaged area of Trotwood
Jess Mador / WYSO

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.

A truckload of shoes arrives at Corinthian Baptist Church, ready for donation to people affected by the recent tornadoes.
George Drake, Jr. / WYSO

The deadline for tornado survivors to apply for assistance through FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration has been extended. The new deadline to apply for disaster grants and loans is now September 3.

FEMA and SBA emergency assistance could be available to anyone living in disaster-declaration counties related to the 21 confirmed tornadoes that touched down in Western Ohio during the evening of May 27 and early morning of May 28:

National Weather Service Storm Paths
National Weather Service/Montgomery County Auditor

More than 4,400 Montgomery County properties were damaged in the Memorial Day tornadoes. This is one of the takeaways from a comprehensive new damage survey released Thursday. The survey offers the most up-to-date look at the extent of property damage left by the storm across Montgomery County.

Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith says for the past few weeks his office has been working hard to get an accurate, up-to-date look at how extensive the property damage was from the storms in late May.

Four FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will be open Thursday, July 4, to help people affected by the storms.
Jess Mador / WYSO

As cleanup continues around the Miami Valley from the Memorial Day tornado outbreak, some affected counties are detailing storm-related expenses for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The federal government green-lit assistance for four Ohio counties to reimburse costs related to debris removal, infrastructure repair and emergency response. The FEMA grant could bring millions of needed funds to hard-hit communities.

Jerry Kenney

Several victims of the tornadoes that moved through the Miami Valley on Memorial Day have received notices from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that they were overpaid disaster relief funds.

The agency says a total of six individuals, so far, have received notices of potential overpayment.

FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration are urging people affected by the tornadoes to apply for financial help.
Jess Mador / WYSO

The deadline for tornado survivors to apply for disaster assistance through FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration is just weeks away on Aug. 19. Miami Valley officials are urging anyone in need to apply, even if they’re still waiting to hear about an insurance claim.

So far, FEMA reports more than 4,000 people have sought help across the Ohio counties affected by the Memorial Day storms.

Harrison Township is storing tornado debris in a vacant lot off of Forest Park Drive.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Tornado cleanup continues in Harrison Township, where three twisters touched down on Memorial Day, leaving wreckage from one end of the township to the other.

More than 400 homes and apartments were destroyed in the outbreak, and township officials say they’re still working to connect displaced residents with relief services.

In a lot on Forest Park Drive, there’s a gigantic pile of storm debris roughly two stories high and about the length of a football field.

Four FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will be open Thursday, July 4, to help people affected by the storms.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is requesting additional disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The assistance would help counties affected by the Memorial Day tornadoes pay for ongoing recovery efforts. 

Debris is strewn for miles in Celina. The Tornado ripped through numerous streets and cul-de-sacs, and damage is still being accessed by the local government and the Red Cross.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Additional Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster recovery centers are expected to open Wednesday in Beavercreek and Celina to assist people in Greene and Mercer Counties affected by the Memorial Day tornadoes. 

Another is expected to open soon in Eastern Ohio this week as well. 

The centers will be staffed by federal experts from FEMA and the United States Small Business Administration to offer storm survivors assistance with temporary living expenses, uninsured home repairs, and other urgent needs.

Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman addresses representatives at a Trotwood meeting designed to coordinate tornado recovery.
Jess Mador / WYSO

The first of several FEMA disaster recovery centers opens Saturday in Trotwood. 

Agents from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the United States Small Business Administration will be on hand at the center to help survivors of the Memorial Day tornadoes with information about disaster assistance. 

The Trotwood center will be open to Miami Valley homeowners, renters and small-business owners affected by the storm, and include experts from Ohio, and Dayton-area agencies to help connect survivors with the services they need to get back on their feet.

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