Governor DeWine Requests Rapid Disaster Declaration From Small Business Administration

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today sent a letter requesting that the Small Business Administration (SBA) issue a Rapid Disaster Declaration for Logan County residents, families, and businesses impacted by tornadoes on March 14, 2024.

According to damage assessments conducted by federal, state, and local agencies, a total of 63 homes and/or businesses in Logan County have uninsured damages, which surpasses the damage threshold necessary to request a disaster declaration from the SBA. Although Logan County is the only county that meets this threshold, impacted counties that are contiguous to Logan County would also qualify for SBA support.

Today’s request follows Governor DeWine’s March 29 request for a FEMA Presidential Disaster Declaration for all 11 counties impacted by the March 14 tornadoes. The SBA requires that governors wait 20 days after requesting a FEMA declaration before requesting a standalone declaration from the SBA.

“Twenty days have passed, and I have not received a decision on that request. Further, there is no indication that I will receive a decision soon. Therefore, I am requesting a Rapid Disaster Declaration from SBA,” Governor DeWine wrote in the letter.

Should the SBA approve Governor DeWine’s request, the agency would make low-interest loans available to qualifying businesses and individuals to help with the cost of repairing or replacing real estate and other personal property damaged or destroyed by the storm.

The declaration would also allow Governor DeWine to activate the Ohio Emergency Management Agency’s (EMA) State Individual Assistance Program, which can only be used if the SBA issues a standalone disaster declaration. Funds from the Ohio EMA program are distributed as grants for qualifying homeowners and renters with unmet needs.