Miami Valley Disaster Recovery

The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) is the designated leader of the Long-Term Community Disaster Recovery Network, helping the counties, cities, townships and villages impacted by the devastating Memorial Day tornadoes create a plan for recovery and resiliency.  While the primary focus was on disaster response within local jurisdictions, Emergency Management teams at the County and State level coordinated these efforts.  Now, our Region is ready to move toward long-term recovery for all impacted communities and coordinated, cooperative strategic planning for resiliency is critical.

Each month, MVRPC convenes the leaders from impacted counties, cities, townships and villages to provide recovery updates and share resources.  The schedule and minutes from these meetings are provided below.  For more information or to be included in these meetings, please contact Stacy Schweikhart, MVRPC Director of Strategy and Engagement by email at

Next Meeting:

Thursday November 14 - 9:30 AM - The Dayton Foundation -  1401 S. Main Street - Dayton, OH 45409

Previous Meeting Summaries:

August 27,2019 Meeting Summary  

September 26, 2019 Meeting Summary

Octobery 24, 2019 Meeting Summary

“Estimates are that the Long-Term Community Disaster Recovery efforts may take a decade or more to accomplish,” said MVRPC Executive Director, Brian O. Martin. “MVRPC will lead this important work for as long as it may take to bring our Region back stronger than ever before.”

As part of the National Disaster Recovery Framework model, the Long-Term Community Disaster Recovery Network led by MVRPC will focus efforts on planning and policy in the following areas: Housing Planning & Policy; Community Planning and Capacity Building; Economic Recovery; Natural and Cultural Resources Recovery; Health & Social Services Recovery; and Infrastructure Systems Recovery. This will result in resiliency and preparedness for future disasters.   

“We will to work with impacted communities on a strategic planning process to assess the allocation of disaster relief funds from multiple federal agencies to meet needs throughout the Region,” said Martin. “We will provide technical assistance in federal fund applications, in project administration, compliance and evaluation.”

Miami Valley Disaster Recovery Resources

EDA Disaster Supplement Construction Funding Information

Disaster Impact Map - Miami Valley

Community Disaster Loan Program Information

Community Disaster Loan Program Survey

Miami Valley Disaster Recovery Network Structure 

Miami Valley Long Term Disaster Recovery Summary Narrative 

Long Term Community Recovery Planning Guide and Toolkit

List of Disaster Recovery Acronyms

List of Disaster Funding Resources

Top 10 Disaster Recovery Procurement Mistakes

Role of the Local Disaster Recovery Manager

January 2020 Ohio Emergency Management Mitigation Training Course


Laura Adcock, Disaster Recovery Branch Chief
Ohio Emergency Management Agency 614.799.3667 .
Reach out to Laura for assistance specific to your jurisdiction’s FEMA applications and for assistance with State of Ohio mitigation funding.

Kehla West, Recovery Planning Coordinator
Federal Emergency Management Agency 312.408.5242 


Individual, Family and Business Disaster Recovery Resources

While the Region begins to plan for long-term community recovery, there are still individuals and families struggling to overcome the challenges brought by the disaster.  More than 7,000 homes were damaged and of these, over 1,500 were destroyed. The majority of these properties are in Harrison Township, Trotwood, Northridge, Old North Dayton, Brookville, Beavercreek, and Celina. Thousands are still uncertain about permanent housing, rebuilding and repairing damaged properties, and navigating unexpected financial impact. 

Laura Mercer | Executive Director 
Miami Valley Long Term Recovery Operations Group  937.512.4571 |                                         
Any and all questions or needs for individual/family recovery resources should be directed to Laura. She, and all the leaders of the Recovery Operations Group, can help your residents access the vast array of support available to tornado survivors.

A tornado helpline designed to help survivors that need additional assistance with recovering from the tornadoes is now available. Accessing information, services and resources can be extremely challenging. Survivors who would like assistance in navigating their recovery can call United Way's 211 HelpLink and they will be directed to special operators who will register them for one-on-one case management assistance.  Tornado assistance operators are available Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 8 PM and can be reached by calling 211.  Tornado affected residents in Clinton County can use the toll-free 855-405-7629 number.

If you or someone you know needs assistance, please visit where you will find access to all available resources assembled by the amazing group of non-profit and volunteer organizations who are working together to help those impacted rebuild their lives.  The website also offers opportunities to sign up for volunteer shifts to aid disaster relief. We hope that you will continue to be involved in our Region’s recovery.