Miami Valley Long Term Recovery Operations

Updated October 12, 2020

The Miami Valley Long-Term Recovery Operations Group is comprised of non-profit and faith-based organizations in partnership with local, state, and federal agencies working together to assist survivors of the May 27, 2019 Memorial Day Tornadoes with accessing community resources in the Miami Valley of southwest Ohio.

Our Mission

To provide coordinated long-term recovery management for Miami Valley, OH residents and provide additional long-term assistance to individuals affected by the tornadoes who do not have adequate personal resources for basic needs as a result of the disaster.

Our Story

The nineteen tornadoes that struck Ohio on Memorial Day 2019 devastated thousands of lives, homes, and businesses. Over 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. For those impacted, their lives will not return to normal for months and years to come. These communities and the thousands of individuals affected still need help. We hope that you will continue to be involved in our region’s recovery.

This website has been constructed to consolidate information for the public and tornado survivors, and to provide a way for individuals and groups to easily identify and engage in a broad range of volunteer activities.

Tornado impacted homeowners who are still in need of assistance need to contact Catholic Social Services directly and ask for a tornado survivor case manager. Please call (937)223-7217 ext. 1137.

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Mass damage to neighborhood homes and businesses from the Memorial Day tornadoes that hit the Miami Valley region in Ohio. Show houses flattened into rubble and business buildings torn apart and spread across shopping centers.

Current Updates

Available Home Repair and Home Purchase Funds

A coalition of financial institutions and non-profit organizations (CareSource, Huntington Bank, KeyBank, County Corp, Rebuilding Together Dayton, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton and the Miami Valley Community Action Partnership) are partnering to provide financial assistance to Dayton-area homeowners needing repairs from tornado damage. Homeowners in Greene, Miami and Montgomery counties who need to repair their homes following the storms may be eligible* for grants of up to $20,000 toward repair of their primary residences through the FHLB (DRP) Program. Additionally tornado impacted renters in the affected counties may be eligible for $5,000 towards the purchase of a home.

*Eligibility Criteria for Repair or Rebuilding Resources

  1. Individuals must have been living in their owner occupied (owner of record), tornado-impacted residence at the time of the tornado (May 27, 2019)
  2. Individuals must be working with a disaster case manager who will assist them in developing their recovery plan
  3. Individuals must provide required documentation: proof of property ownership, residency, income, any insurance settlements and FEMA funds
  4. Assessment of household’s resources (e.g. income, savings, insurance settlements, FEMA benefits, etc.) must show that the household is under-resourced
  5. Properties that are considered are for tornado damaged primary residences only
  6. Construction goals are to bring residences back to safe, sanitary, secure and functional condition
  7. Repair and rebuild effort will be for essential living space in the main residential building.
  8. Non-owner-occupied properties including those that were vacant at time of tornadoes or are rental or investment properties are ineligible

If you still need tornado recovery assistance, contact Catholic Social Services directly and ask for a tornado survivor case manager. Please call (937) 223-7217 ext. 1137.


The tornado assistance helpline is designed to help survivors that need additional assistance with recovering from the tornadoes. Accessing information, services and resources can be extremely challenging. Survivors who would like assistance in navigating their recovery can contact Catholic Social Services at (937)223-7217 ext. 1137. Be sure to tell them you a tornado survivor and that you would like a case manager. Tornado assistance operators are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Helpful Resources Available for Tornado Survivors



Other Assistance


Health & Emotional Support


Tree Debris/Trash Clean Up


Business Resources


Legal Assistance & Document Replacement


Tornado Damage Assessments

How You Can Help the Miami Valley Tornado Survivors

Volunteer Information

Volunteers helping clear an uprooted tree.

Volunteer Information

Volunteer and stay involved! Much help is still needed over the coming year. You can view and sign up for a wide range of volunteer activities across the region below.


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The Dayton Foundation has established a fund to support long term disaster recovery efforts. Donating to this fund is the best way to help secure the resources that we'll need to repair and rebuild tornado impacted homes and to help survivors get back on their feet.

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We welcome donations for our recovery effort in these forms:


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Damage to buildings and houses from the Memorial Day tornadoes that hit the Miami Valley region in Ohio