President Declares Disaster for Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Ohio to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions following Friday night's storms.

This, after Governor John R. Kasich declared a State of Emergency for the entire state of Ohio early Saturday morning. Federal assistance enroute will lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in all 88 counties in the State of Ohio.

The President's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.  Emergency protective measures limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.

"As I told the President this afternoon, Ohio is facing a severe situation.  I appreciate his quick response and am glad that additional equipment and supplies will soon start arriving. I've already declared a state emergency and activated the National Guard, and will continue to work with the EMA to evaluate the situation to determine our needs going forward," said Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

The governor's request for federal assistance can be viewed here.

Chronology

  • June 30: Gov. Kasich spoke to the President and requested federal assistance to respond to the storm.  He also spoke with utility company CEOs and local elected officials to make state resources available to expedite recovery activities.
  • June 30: Gov. Kasich declared an emergency for the entire state of Ohio so state agencies can assist local government response and recovery efforts.  The National Guard was activated to help deliver needed supplies and conduct door-to-door checks in select areas to identify vulnerable Ohioans threatened by the severe heat.
  • June 29:  Ohio's Emergency Operations Center in Columbus was activated to coordinate state and local storm recovery efforts.  The state contacted Federal Emergency Management Agency officials to let them know federal assistance may be needed.
  • June 29: Severe storms and high winds during evening rush hour knocked out power for approximately one million homes and businesses across two-thirds of the state.

Residents without power can call their local 211 numbers for information and assistance, or 911 in an emergency. Information is also available online at www.ema.ohio.gov and on Twitter at #OHwx and #severe weather.

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