After FEMA denial, Strickland still looking for federal reliefWritten by Mary Petrides | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Gov. Ted Strickland’s office is still hoping for federal money for tornado relief.
After a Federal Emergency Management Agency letter dated June 24 denied Strickland’s request for federal money, his office is appealing the decision. He has 30 days to do so, according to the letter.
The letter stated that “the damage was not of such severity and magnitude as to be beyond the capabilities of the State, affected local governments, and voluntary agencies.”
The state has set aside about $673,000 for relief, said Kelli Blackwell, public information specialist for Ohio EMA. Blackwell would not say if that was enough.
Blackwell said the state is not asking for a specific amount of money.
“With a federal declaration, there is not set amount of money, it’s just to have the federal assistance available to the impacted population,” she said.
While working on the appeal, the state will look for additional damages or costs that were overlooked at first.
She did not know how long it would take to file the appeal, but she said it would be done within the 30-day period.
“We are seeking an appeal, and that’s not something that is done instantly, but we’re in the process,” she said.