ROSEVILLE — After severe storms and tornadoes swept through the Village of Roseville, a presidential disaster declaration was announced to help fund repairs for homes and businesses damaged. A recovery center has now been announced by FEMA and Ohio EMA’s in order to help those who were affected.

FEMA recently announced there will be a Disaster Recovery Center open to those who were affected by the storms that happened in May of this year. The recovery center will open this Wednesday, July 3, to help renters, homeowners and businesses in the Roseville area.

The location for the Disaster Recovery Center for both Muskingum and Perry counties will be at the Roseville Elementary School located at 35 Elm Street. The recovery center will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The center will be closed on July 4 for the holiday but will resume helping residents on Friday and Saturday with the same time frames as Wednesday.

Media Relations Specialist Gerard Hammink stated that the Roseville Elementary School is a viable option because of its central location in relation to most of the residents that were affected in the area. Individuals can also visit any open Disaster Recovery Center in the state to get questions answered. Residents are suggested to visit fema.gov/DRC to find the closest recovery center.

“We try to have community and local officials there as well,” Hammink said.

At the Disaster Recovery Center in Roseville, there will be representatives from FEMA, United States Small Business Administration, Ohio Emergency Management Agency and other Ohio local agencies and officials. They will be available to answer and explain any questions about assistance and disaster programs. They will also provide literature about repairs and rebuilding to make homes resistant to disasters in the future.

Individuals who were affected are recommended to register for federal assistance. The first way is — people can register online through disasterassistance.gov. Residents who were affected can also use the FEMA app or can call 800-621-3362. Toll free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. There are also multilingual operators available.

“What we suggest is that people register online before they go to a recovery center,” Hammink said. “Just so all their basic information is in the system. It just saves a little bit of time.”

According to FEMA, 10 counties in Ohio have been approved for individual assistance. Those counties are Auglaize, Darke, Greene, Hocking, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Muskingum, Perry and Pickaway. There will be additional recovery centers open to support survivors in other counties.

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