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.
But, emergency officials are urging anyone in need of federal disaster assistance to register before coming to the center in person. Registering in advance will help expedite potential applications, officials say.
As part of the application process, FEMA is expected to ask for insurance-claim information, a current telephone number, mailing address, Social Security and other identification.
After that, FEMA will send an inspector to examine and verify any damaged property, and release potential financial payments for approved applications via direct deposit or regular mail within days.
The FEMA disaster recovery center will be located at Trotwood-Madison High School, at 4440 N. Union Rd.
It’ll be open every day beginning Saturday, June 22, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Register for FEMA assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov, or by calling FEMA’s hotline, at 1-800-621-3362.
The 10 Ohio counties approved for individual FEMA assistance include Auglaize, Darke, Greene, Hocking, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Muskingum, Perry and Pickaway counties.
Additional FEMA disaster recovery centers are expected to open soon. Locations for those centers have not yet been announced.