Tornado recovery: SBA, FEMA continuing to help

Published: Friday, July 05, 2019 @ 6:57 PM
Updated: Monday, July 08, 2019 @ 7:40 PM

Contractor Bob Westfall begins the estimate process for this home damaged by a tornado on Coppersmith Avenue in Butler Twp. during the severe weather outbreak on Memorial Day. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Staff Writer
Contractor Bob Westfall begins the estimate process for this home damaged by a tornado on Coppersmith Avenue in Butler Twp. during the severe weather outbreak on Memorial Day. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Staff Writer)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Small Business Administration officials said they will be adjusting hours at their disaster assistance centers even though fewer people are visiting the locations in the weeks after the Memorial Day tornado outbreak.

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Officials with both agencies said they will continue to reach out to tornado victims as well.

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Dixie Barbers, on the North Dixie Drive strip in Harrison Twp., was destroyed on Memorial Day. Owner Jim Miller doesn’t need assistance thanks to his insurance, but said he’s glad help is still being provided.

“There’s people that do need help. It’ll be good that they get it,” Miller told News Center 7’s Mike Campbell on Friday. 

The SBA has received more than 600 applications and approved $1 million in disaster loans for Ohio residents. 

The SBA is not just providing relief for businesses. Homeowners, renters and nonprofit agencies also can apply for low-interest loans.

“I’m talking about getting businesses up and running again, getting residents back in their homes, making communities vital again,” SBA spokeswoman Dorris Evans said. “It’s a credit-based program, you do have to have credit and income.”

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For SBA financial assistance, you can call or apply online if you don’t want to visit a center.

SBA officials say submitting your application by the deadline and answering follow-up calls will ensure the best chance of being approved for financial help.

The FEMA disaster assistance centers, located at Trotwood High School and Dayton Children’s Hospital, will be operating from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 

Help is available until Aug. 19. You also can register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362.