Miami Valley Tornado Recovery Information
Updated September 20, 2019
The twenty-one tornadoes that struck Ohio on Memorial Day 2019 devastated thousands of lives, homes, and businesses. Over 7,000 homes were damaged and of these, over 1,500 were destroyed. The majority of these properties are in Harrison Township, Trotwood, Northridge, Old North Dayton, Brookville, Beavercreek, and Celina. For the those impacted, their lives will not return to normal for months and years to come. These communities and the thousands of individuals affected still need help. We hope that you will continue to be involved in our region’s recovery.
This website has been constructed to consolidate information for the public and tornado survivors, and to provide a way for individuals and groups to easily identify and engage in a broad range of volunteer activities.
Events & News
Reconstruction and Purchase Funds Available
A coalition of financial institutions and non-profit organizations (CareSource, Huntington Bank, KeyBank, County Corp, Rebuilding Together Dayton, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton and the Miami Valley Community Action Partnership) are partnering to provide financial assistance to Dayton-area homeowners needing repair from tornado damage. Homeowners in Greene, Miami and Montgomery counties who need to repair their homes following the storms may be eligible for grants of up to $20,000 toward repair of their primary residences through the Federal Home Loan Bank Disaster Reconstruction Program (DRP). Additionally renters in the affected counties may be eligible for $5,000 towards the purchase of a home.
- Homeowners seeking repair for tornado-related damage should call 937-250-7911
- Renters and affected homeowners seeking assistance for new construction or purchase
Huntington (513-639-3006) or KeyBank (Laura Sandmann, 513-830-1261)
New Tornado Assistance Help Line Launched!
A new tornado helpline designed to help survivors that need additional assistance with recovering from the tornadoes is now available. Accessing information, services and resources can be extremely challenging. Survivors who would like assistance in navigating their recovery can call United Way's 211 HelpLink and they will be directed to special operators who will register them for one-on-one case management assistance. Tornado assistance operators are available Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM and can be reached by calling 2-1-1. If 2-1-1 is not currently available in your area, please call 937-225-3000 toll-free 855-405-7629 number.
Faith Based Organization Resiliency Workshop on September 24th!
An Open Inviation to all Faith-Based Organizations and House of Worships to Share, Learn and Connect. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 24 at Salem Church of God in Clayton, Ohio. For more information click here
Help Available for Tornado Survivors
Health & Emotional Support
Tree Debris/Trash Clean Up
Legal Assistance & Document Replacement
U.S. Small Business Administration
The Disaster Recovery Center in Montgomery County Has Transitioned to Become a SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center
The FEMA Disaster Resource Center in Dayton is now closed. FEMA will continue to provide support to survivors following the May 27-29 tornadoes, storms and flooding. They can contact FEMA in one of these ways:
- Visit DisasterAssistance.gov.
- Use the FEMA App on a smartphone. To download it, go to FEMA.gov/mobile-app.
- Learn the status of your FEMA application.
- Call the FEMA Helpline, 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). Phone lines are open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. EDT, seven days a week until further notice. Multilingual operators are on duty.
The NEW Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) is operated by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is staffed with customer service representatives who will meet individually with businesses and non-profits to answer their questions, explain the SBA’s low-interest disaster-assistance loans, help them complete their applications and close their approved loans.
The application deadline for businesses and non-profit organizations with disaster related economic loss to apply for the SBA Economic Injury Business Loan is March 18, 2020. Applicants may also apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on SBA disaster assistance.
The SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center is located at:
Dayton Children’s Hospital - Child Health Pavilion
1010 Valley St. Dayton, OH 45404 Open Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. EDT
Safety Alerts & Information
Click the alert links below for more information:
- Important Information for Montgomery County Residents
- Avoiding and Reporting Disaster Scams
- Downed Power Line Safety
Check power outage status at https://www.dpandl.com/landing/outage. If you see downed power lines, assume that they are live and dangerous. Do not touch under any circumstances. Call DP&L 877-468-8243.
- Food Safety:
Info on Food Safety After Power Outages
Info for Food Services and Businesses About Reopening
- Charity Scams
Tornado Damage Assessments
- Montgomery County Tornado Damage Assessment Interactive Map
- Green County Tornado Damage Assessment Interactive Map
How You Can Help the Miami Valley Tornado Survivors
Volunteers: There are lots of opportunities to volunteer! Volunteer and stay involved! Much help is still needed. You can view and sign up for a wide range of volunteer activities across the region below.
Request Volunteers: Are you part of an organization working on recovery efforts? Need extra hands to make the biggest impact? Let us help you find the energy and talent you need. Only direct survivor assistance volunteer effors will be posted.
Donate to Help with Long Term Recovery Efforts
The Dayton Foundation has established a fund to support long term disaster recovery efforts. For more information:
Donation Drop Off Location:
Material goods donations for disaster recovery can be dropped off at St. Vincent de Paul.
945 South Edwin C Moses Blvd
Dayton, Ohio 45417
24/7 Donation Center
120 W. Apple St.
Dayton, OH 45402