Resources for Ohioans Affected by Power Outages

In the wake of severe weather and extensive power outages starting on June 29, President Barack Obama recently declared an emergency in the state of Ohio and granted a request from Governor Kasich for federal aid. The declaration will enable the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate disaster relief efforts.

FEMA will provide assistance to state and local governments and certain nonprofit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.

According to the Governor, more than one million homes and businesses – across two-thirds of the state – were affected by the power outages.

As crews work to restore power and temperatures continue to rise, residents without power are urged to visit cooling centers in their area. The American Red Cross has opened emergency shelters and cooling centers for residents unable to stay in their homes overnight because of storm damage or power outage or Ohioans seeking to access electricity for medical equipment or to charge cell phones and other electronics.

The American Red Cross’ Disaster Information Line can be reached at 614-251-1775.

A list of cooling centers can be found below:

Fairfield County
Fairfield Crossroads
2095 W. Fair Ave., Lancaster
Open 24 hours

Franklin County
Dodge Recreation Center
667 Sullivant Ave.

Far East Recreation Center
1826 Lattimer Dr.
Open until 6 pm

Peace Lutheran Church
455 Clarke State Rd., Gahanna 43230
Open 24 hours

Guernsey County
Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center
7033 Glenn Highway, Cambridge
Open 24 hours

Hocking County
Central Elementary School
445 N. Market St., Logan

Licking County
Cherry Valley Elementary
1040 W. Main St., Newark

Marion County
American Red Cross
1849 Summerset Dr., Marion
Open 24 hours or until need is met

Muskingum County
The Salvation Army
515 Putnam Ave., Zanesville
Open 24 hours

Perry County
Crooksville High School
12400 Tunnel Hill Rd., Crooksville

Ross County
First Nazarene Church
730 Orange St., Chillicothe
Open 12 pm-until need is met

Ohioans seeking additional assistance may also contact Senator Sherrod Brown’s Constituent Services Office Toll Free at 1-888-896-OHIO (6446)