Governor Mike DeWine Tuesday sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting federal assistance for 10 counties impacted by tornadoes, severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and landslides last month. Muskingum and Perry Counties are included in that group. A total of 21 tornadoes touched down in Ohio during the evening of May 27th and into May 28th. Governor DeWine says “these storm resulted in a disaster of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capability of the State of Ohio and affected local governments.” DeWine added “federal assistance is necessary to supplement the efforts and available resources of the state, local government, disaster relief organizations and compensation by insurance for disaster related loses.”
The other counties included in the funding requests are Auglaize, Darke, Greene, Hocking, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery and Pickaway.
Governor DeWine requested that the 10 counties be eligible for assistance from the following programs:
- Individual Assistance Program
- Crisis Counseling Assistance Program
- Disaster Unemployment Assistance Program
- Disaster Case Management Program
- Disaster Legal Services Program
- Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
Governor DeWine also requested assistance from the Small Business Administration.