May 20, 2020

Tornado Repair and Rebuilding Efforts Resume

Homeowners impacted by tornadoes are urged to call 2-1-1 by August 1 deadline

After spring rebuilding projects were temporarily paused due to coronavirus concerns, extensive repair and reconstruction work is now underway for homes impacted by the 2019 Memorial Day tornadoes.

Homeowners who were uninsured or underinsured, living in properties damaged by the tornadoes and needing help with repairs may be eligible for free assistance from the Miami Valley Long-Term Recovery Group. Individuals with an owner-occupied tornado damaged property must call the United Way’s Helplink at 2-1-1 or (937) 225-3000 by the deadline of August 1, 2020 to request this assistance.

“As we approach the one-year anniversary of the Memorial Day tornadoes, we know our community is eager to restart the vital work of rebuilding and repairing homes,” said Laura Mercer, executive director of the Miami Valley Long-Term Recovery Operations Group. “We urge homeowners needing assistance to call 2-1-1 and enter the disaster case management system, which will inform our ongoing efforts to plan work and allocate resources.”

In addition to help with rebuilding and repairs, calling 2-1-1 also connects individuals impacted by the tornadoes to resources for basic needs and even spiritual and emotional support.

The Dayton Foundation has established the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund to support the Miami Valley’s long-term disaster recovery efforts. Donations to this fund will help secure the resources needed to repair and rebuild tornado-impacted homes and help individuals get back on their feet. For more information and to donate, visit

About The Dayton Foundation

The Dayton Foundation is the regional community foundation for Greater Dayton. Since its establishment in 1921, the Foundation has helped people to help others, managing more than 3,900 charitable funds that have provided more than $970 million in grants to nonprofits locally and nationwide. More information about The Dayton Foundation is available at or follow the Foundation on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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“For more information about the Miami Valley Long-Term Recovery Operations Group or how you can help, please visit” – Jeanne Holihan, Fiscal Sponsor, Miami Valley Long-Term Recovery Operations Group and vice president, Operations, The Dayton Foundation, (937) 225-9949

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