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FEMA Financial Assistance Is Available

FEMA Disaster AssistanceDR-4704-IN

Apply for Assistance

FEMA has been authorized to provide supplemental Federal aid to support local recovery efforts from the March 31st severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes that impacted Allen County, IN.

Ehle Road DisasterResidents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can begin applying for assistance at Disaster Assistance, by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), or by using the FEMA App. Anyone using a relay service, such as video relay service (VRS), captioned telephone service or others, can give FEMA the number for that service.

Small Business AdministrationSmall Business Administration

Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are now available to businesses and residents located in Allen County, Indiana following the March 31st tornadoes, straight-line winds, and severe storms. For more information or to apply visit the SBA Disaster Assistance page or read the information below.

Indiana Emergency ManagementEmergency Management

Keep up-to-date on recovery efforts with the Indiana Emergency Management and Preparedness Division

Hazard Outlooks and Watches - Severe Weather

Long before any warnings are issued, NWS offices provide up to a week's notice of potential severe weather. Likewise, their media partners, public officials, and response agencies, begin preparations long before storms cause damage.

Watches for severe weather are your signal to get set or ready to take safe action. For thunderstorms, the National Weather Service (NWS) typically issues a watch several hours before damaging weather occurs. Our partners in the Watch process also take further preparation steps.

Here are the preparatory actions that Weather Ready Nation takes long before hazards threaten:


  • Be weather ready. Know your risk. Take Action.
  • Develop a plan. Encourage others to develop a plan
  • Assemble a disaster supply kit and pet kit, review safety plans
  • Check your NOAA All Hazards radio for fresh batteries and operation. Then, reset your radio to receive Warnings.
  • Watch the sky, weather radar and other information on TV, radio, social media sources on the internet or other electronic devices
  • Review safety action plans, inform others of a weather threat
  • Pets can sense bad weather. Watch them for unusual behavior

National Weather Service

  • Issues Hazard Outlooks, identifying weather or flood risks out 7 to 14 days
  • Issues a Severe Thunderstorm or Tornado Watch, activating NOAA radio and the Emergency Alert System for counties within the Watch area
  • Increases staffing and alerts Skywarn spotters for potential deployment

Indiana Department of Homeland Security

  • Monitors NWS Outlooks to determine need for coordination
  • Promotes personal emergency preparedness - Make a Plan.
  • Develops preparedness plans in coordination with local officials
  • Monitors NWS Watches and places staff on activation readiness

The American Red Cross 

  • "Be Red Cross Ready" Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed
  • Alerts trained disaster volunteers to be prepared for possible response
  • Checks inventory of disaster relief supplies
  • Advises Red Cross Staff that a Watch has been issued

Schools, Local Safety Officials and Responders

  • Monitors NWS Outlooks to determine need for hazard preparations
  • Check staffing and supplies for adequacy
  • Advises staff, heighten readiness plans

The Media

  • Local TV meteorologists begin broadcasting concerns for severe weather threats up to a week in advance
  • Live broadcast of the Weather Watch; crawl text messages on TV
  • Increase meteorologist and reporter staffing
  • Dispatch news crews to active weather areas

If You See Something - Say Something

If You See Something Say SomethingIf you see something suspicious, contact our office or local law enforcement. If danger is imminent, call 911. Our community is safer when we work together.