FIRST THIS: From MSNBC.com
Readout of President Obama’s Calls to Governors of Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio
Today, after receiving a briefing from FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, President Obama called Indiana Governor Daniels, Kentucky Governor Beshear, and Ohio Governor Kasich to express his concern for citizens impacted by the severe weather and tornadoes this week, including yesterday and overnight, and condolences to families who had lost loved ones.
The President acknowledged that the extent of damage may not be known for days, and reiterated to each Governor that FEMA stood ready to provide assistance, if necessary, to the extensive response efforts already underway in each state, led by the Governors’ teams.
The administration, through FEMA, is closely monitoring the storms and their impacts and remains in close contact with emergency officials in impacted states across the country to ensure there are not any unmet needs.
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Federal Aid Programs For The Commonwealth Of Kentucky Disaster Recovery
Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama’s major disaster declaration issued for Kentucky.
Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:
- Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable. Initial assistance may be provided for up to three months for homeowners and at least one month for renters. Assistance may be extended if requested after the initial period based on a review of individual applicant requirements. (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)
- Grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance to make damaged dwellings safe, sanitary and functional. (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)
- Grants to replace personal property and help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable aid programs. (Source: FEMA funded at 75 percent of total eligible costs; 25 percent funded by the commonwealth.)
- Unemployment payments up to 26 weeks for workers who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster and who do not qualify for state benefits, such as self-employed individuals. (Source: FEMA funded; commonwealth administered.)
- Low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance. Loans available up to $200,000 for primary residence; $40,000 for personal property, including renter losses. Loans available up to $2 million for business property losses not fully compensated by insurance. (Source: U.S. Small Business Administration.)
- Loans up to $2 million for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes that have suffered disaster-related cash flow problems and need funds for working capital to recover from the disaster’s adverse economic impact. This loan in combination with a property loss loan cannot exceed a total of $2 million. (Source: U.S. Small Business Administration.)
- Loans up to $500,000 for farmers, ranchers and aquaculture operators to cover production and property losses, excluding primary residence. (Source: Farm Service Agency, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.)
- Other relief programs: Crisis counseling for those traumatized by the disaster; income tax assistance for filing casualty losses; advisory assistance for legal, veterans benefits and social security matters.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Release Date: March 9, 2012
Release Number: HQ-12-020Factsheet
From WLWT news
FEMA Denies Gov. Kasich’s (OHIO) Disaster Declaration Request
March 9, 2012
MOSCOW, Ohio — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Gov. John Kasich’s request for federal assistance in Clermont County after last week’s tornadoes.
Kasich sent a letter Wednesday afternoon to President Barack Obama, asking for a presidential disaster declaration.
Such a declaration would allow certain assistance programs to be activated, such as financial support for those left without homes or jobs because of the storms. [Emphasis added]
Kasich asked that Obama approve the request by Monday, or at the same time as the requests from other states, so that relief could begin flowing as soon as possible, the governor’s office said.
On Friday evening, the governor’s office learned federal assistance was denied.
Kasich issued the following statement Friday evening after Obama turned down his request for federal disaster relief:
“I’m sad for Clermont County that tonight the President said no to my request for the maximum amount of federal aid for them. I’m immediately applying for alternative federal disaster relief through the Small Business Administration and that request will be sent Saturday morning. I’m going to continue to work with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to try to find a solution to the housing shortage the disaster has created, and I hope that we can find an innovative, outside-the-box solution.”
Obama issued a major disaster declaration Tuesday for Kenton and Pendleton counties in northern Kentucky.
More than 70 percent of Moscow was destroyed by Friday’s storms. Franklin Township also suffered heavy damage. The storms killed three people in Clermont County.
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Tornado confirmed by National Weather Service striking Moscow, Ohio and traveling through Clermont County, Ohio. Read below…..
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT…UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON OH
425 PM EST MON MAR 5 2012
…UPDATED INFORMATION ON CAMPBELL/PENDLETON COUNTY EF3 TORNADO IN
KENTUCKY WHICH ALSO MOVED THROUGH CLERMONT/BROWN COUNTIES IN OHIO…
LOCATION…NEAR PEACH GROVE KENTUCKY TO NEAR HAMERSVILLE OHIO
DATE…MARCH 2 2012
ESTIMATED TIME…440 PM EST
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING…EF3
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED…160 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH…1/4 MILE
PATH LENGTH…23 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON…38.84N / -84.35 W
ENDING LAT/LON…38.90N / -83.98 W
* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON OH HAS CONFIRMED AN EF3
TORNADO FROM NEAR PEACH GROVE KENTUCKY TO NEAR HAMERSVILLE OHIO ON
MARCH 2 2012.
** UPDATED INFORMATION BELOW **
AN ADDITIONAL STORM SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED ON MONDAY MARCH 5TH TO
DETERMINE IF THE EF3 TORNADO THAT AFFECTED CRITTENDEN/PINER/MORNING
VIEW KENTUCKY WAS THE SAME TORNADO THAT AFFECTED PEACH GROVE
KENTUCKY AND ACROSS THE RIVER INTO MOSCOW AND HAMERSVILLE OHIO.
THE SURVEY FOUND THAT THERE IS A DEFINITE BREAK IN THE DAMAGE PATH
ACROSS SOUTHWEST CAMPBELL COUNTY…WHICH IS CORROBORATED BY
EYEWITNESS REPORTS SOUTH OF CLARYVILLE THAT THE FUNNEL WAS NOT IN
CONTACT WITH THE GROUND AS IT CROSSED AREAS OF SOUTHWEST CAMPBELL
COUNTY. THEREFORE…THE TWO EF3 TORNADOES ARE COUNTED AS SEPARATE
TORNADOES…AND NOT ONE CONTINUOUS DAMAGE PATH.
THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN INITIALLY IN SOUTHCENTRAL CAMPBELL COUNTY
KENTUCKY NEAR PEACH GROVE ROAD /HIGHWAY 154/ AND CROSSED FISHER ROAD
NORTHWEST OF PEACH GROVE…KENTUCKY. THE TORNADO CROSSED INTO
PENDLETON COUNTY AFTER PRODUCING HIGH-END EF3 DAMAGE ON REIS RIDGE
ROAD NEAR THE CAMPBELL AND PENDLETON COUNTY LINE. IN PENDLETON
COUNTY…THE TORNADO MOVED ACROSS MAYS ROAD PRODUCING SIGNIFICANT
AND WIDESPREAD EF2 TO LOW-END EF3 DAMAGE. THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED
THE AA HIGHWAY IN PENDLETON COUNTY…AND EVENTUALLY THE OHIO RIVER
AFTER CROSSING KENTUCKY HIGHWAY 8 IN PENDLETON COUNTY. THIS TORNADO HIT MOSCOW OHIO WHERE EF3 DAMAGE WAS NOTED…AND CONTINUED ON THE GROUND ACROSS CLERMONT COUNTY AND LIFTED SOUTH OF HAMERSVILLE IN WESTERN BROWN COUNTY.
THIS TORNADO CAUSED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO STRUCTURES AND TREES ALONG
ITS ENTIRE PATH ON BOTH SIDES OF THE RIVER. NUMEROUS HOMES WERE
VERY HEAVILY DAMAGED OR DESTROYED…WITH MANY LOSING
ROOFS…HAVING COMPLETE EXTERIOR WALL FAILURE…AND EVEN SOME
MODULAR HOMES WERE COMPLETELY REMOVED FROM THEIR
FOUNDATIONS…LIFTED…AND THROWN IN EXCESS OF 100 YARDS WHERE THEY
ALSO OF NOTE ON THE SURVEY…WAS THE PRESENCE OF A LARGE AREA OF
/NON-TORNADIC/ STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS ESTIMATED IN EXCESS OF 100 MPH ON
THE SOUTHERN FLANK OF THE TORNADIC DAMAGE. THIS WAS PARTICULARLY
NOTICEABLE IN PENDLETON COUNTY NEAR PEACH GROVE. THIS WIND
DAMAGE ALSO CONSISTED OF NUMEROUS BARNS AND OUTBUILDINGS
DESTROYED…AND CONSIDERABLE HOME AND TREE DAMAGE.
THE DEGREE OF DAMAGE WITHIN THE TORNADIC CIRCULATION SUPPORTS WIND
SPEED ESTIMATES UP TO 160 MPH…NEAR THE TOP OF THE EF3 CRITERIA.
FOR REFERENCE…THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO
THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:
EF0…WIND SPEEDS 65 TO 85 MPH.
EF1…WIND SPEEDS 86 TO 110 MPH.
EF2…WIND SPEEDS 111 TO 135 MPH.
EF3…WIND SPEEDS 136 TO 165 MPH.
EF4…WIND SPEEDS 166 TO 200 MPH.
EF5…WIND SPEEDS GREATER THAN 200 MPH.