COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 29 -- Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, has issued the following news release:
Today Governor John R. Kasich asked the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to issue a disaster declaration for Lorain County. This will make available low interest loans to qualified residents and businesses who suffered uninsured losses from recent storms. Gov. Kasich's letter to the SBA can be viewed here. (http://ema.ohio.gov/Documents/Releases/2014/20140529_Physical%20Disaster%20Declaration%20Request%20Letter%20Lorain%20Co.pdf)
If granted, the Small Business Administration may provide low interest loans to eligible home and business owners of Lorain County and the contiguous counties: Ashland, Cuyahoga, Erie, Huron, and Medina. When the SBA issues its own declaration for a county it automatically includes its contiguous counties.
State officials continue to coordinate with local emergency management agencies and local disaster services groups like the American Red Cross, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters and others. More information about these groups can be accessed by calling 2-1-1, or your local emergency management agency.
On May 12, the State Emergency Operations Center was open to monitor the anticipated high wind and flash flood events across the state. As the storm moved through Ohio, State EMA liaisons were deployed to Lorain, Medina and Summit Counties and began damage assessments.
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