LOVELAND, OHIO - Tim McCartney, the Director of the Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services has responded to questions about why the County is not eligible for State of Ohio emergency storm funds. He explained that the funds are distributed to local Job & Family Services Departments when the governor declares that a county is in a state of emergency. "It’s my understanding that Clermont has not yet and may not receive that declaration. I know there is some doubt about Clermont County qualifying, as the level of snowfall in Clermont was not what it was in other counties."
(See related story, "ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE FOR WINTER STORM VICTIMS" published December 30)
"The determination of Declaring an Emergency is first made by the Clermont Board of County Commissioner’s. They consider this action after review of information that is gathered and submitted by the Clermont Emergency Management Agency (CEMA)."
McCartney said, "CEMA is aggressively gathering that information from various city, village and township officials to see if the County is eligible for Federal assistance. If the Clermont County Board of Commissioner’s does declare an Emergency, that Declaration is then forwarded to the Governor for his consideration."
If that declaration is not made at the state level, Clermont County will not receive these emergency funds. "Even if we do not get these funds my department does have some designated funds that may be of assistance to some of those in need," McCartney said. Funds, through the County Prevention, Retention and Contingency Plan (PRC) are available to those that meet the following criteria:
In the event of a natural disaster, $600 may be issued per family/household that is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. This category of PRC does not apply toward the yearly cap of $500.00 per family for contingency services. There must be a minor child in the home, or assistance can be issued to a family with a pregnant woman in at least her 6th month of pregnancy.
The Clermont County Board of Commissioners meet on January 4, and a declaration of emergency is not currently on their meeting agenda.
The Clermont Job & Family Services Department can be reached at 732-7111 and Mr. McCartney can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
The County Commissioners can be reached at 732-7300. Or e-mail at:
Mary Walker - email@example.com
Bob Proud - firstname.lastname@example.org
R. Scott Croswell III - email@example.com
David L. Spinney, county Administrator - firstname.lastname@example.org