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Delaware County to host disaster relief meeting for March 14 tornado victims

A tornado touches down.
A tornado touches down.

Delaware County residents and business owners affected by the March 14 tornadoes that moved through the area can learn about disaster relief assistance available to them.

Representatives from federal, state and local emergency management agencies will speak at the Delaware County Commissioners meeting scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday.

The meeting will be on the second floor of the Historic Courthouse, located at 91 N. Sandusky St.

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, the Delaware County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the village of Galena plan to be there.

Much of the tornado damage was in Galena and Berlin and Berkshire townships east of the city of Delaware, said Scott Stewart, Deputy Director of Delaware County Emergency Management. He said two tornadoes touched down in the county and at least 200 buildings were damaged or destroyed.

FEMA spokesman Gerard Hammink said those attending the meeting will get a good picture on assistance they can receive.

"We understand insurance doesn't cover everything," Hammink said. He said low-interest disaster loans could be available through the Small Business Administration.

"Some sort of federal assistance may be able to help you," he said.

The deadline to register for FEMA aid is July 2.

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