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Province Releases Disaster Assistance Activation Area Maps for Tornado-Affected Residents in Ottawa

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Province Releases Disaster Assistance Activation Area Maps for Tornado-Affected Residents in Ottawa

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Ottawa - Residents who were affected by last Friday's tornadoes in the Ottawa area can now check detailed maps to determine if they are eligible to apply for disaster financial assistance.

The Province activated the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program on September 22 after an extreme wind storm and tornadoes caused extensive damage in several communities.

The program applies to a primary residence and its basic contents, or to a small business, farm or not-for-profit organization. It provides assistance for emergency expenses and the costs to repair or replace essential property following a natural disaster that are not covered by insurance. To find out if they are in the activation area and for next steps, individuals and businesses should review the maps and program guidelines available at ontario.ca/DisasterAssistance, or call 1-844-780-8925 or email disasterassistance@ontario.ca after speaking with their private insurance provider. Residents will have until January 21, 2019 to apply for assistance through the program.

"My ministry has been in the field since Saturday, working closely with the City of Ottawa to survey and map out the damaged areas so that people can determine right away if they are eligible to apply for disaster assistance," said Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark. "We have also been attending community meetings to directly answer questions from residents. I remind and urge affected residents to take photographs of damage and keep all receipts for expenses and repairs. This will help insurance providers and the government speed up the application review process."

Event type: Tornado

Event date: September 21, 2018

Application deadline: January 21, 2019

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