Kasich Declares Statewide Emergency After Severe Storms


UPDATED: Saturday June 30, 2012 10:35 PM

Gov. John Kasich on Saturday morning declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Ohio after severe storms and high winds knocked out power to nearly 1 million Ohio customers.

Kasich requested federal disaster assistance for the state to help residents and local governments clean up, 10TV’s Danielle Elias reported.

“There are a tremendous number of people who don’t have power,” Kasich said, speaking specifically about senior citizens. “We worry about them, so we’re going to get the guard out there trying to make sure they’re not isolated.”

He requested money for generators, fuel, water and ice.

Two-hundred members of the Ohio National Guard are slated to begin work on Sunday morning.

The declaration authorizes state agencies to take any necessary actions to assist local

government authorities anywhere in Ohio to help respond and assist in recovery efforts, Elias reported. 

State agencies supporting the response efforts include the Ohio Department of

Transportation, Natural Resources, Agriculture, Health, Public Safety, Environmental Protection Agency and the Public Utilities Commission, according to the Governor’s Office.

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials were in Columbus trying to determine whether to provide federal financial assistance to Ohio, Elias reported.



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