Business Affected by the Water Crisis?
The SBA has the Economic Injury Disaster program to provide loans to
businesses to offset economic losses from reduced revenues resulting from a
disaster or emergency. Since Lucas County as well as those areas of neighboring
counties served by the Toledo water distribution system were declared a disaster
area by the state and county, businesses may be eligible for this program.
In order for our community to apply for this relief, we need to provide
proof that a number of businesses impacted by this disaster realized in excess
of a 40% loss in revenues on the days they were impacted by this emergency as
compared to the same days last year. The Toledo Chamber of Commerce's Small
Business Development Center is conducted the required survey of businesses in
order to compile the data to support a request. They have 120 days to submit
this application but are trying to collect the requisite information over the
next couple weeks to expedite the request. Once compiled, this information will
be forwarded to the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) for their review. If
ODSA believes we have met or exceeded the threshold, OSDA will forward the
information on to the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (OEMA) who will draft a
request on behalf of the Governor for a SBA declaration from the federal
government. Traditionally, the State will forward on the request if we can
document at least five (5) businesses who have realized a 40% loss in revenues.
After that it is at the discretion of the federal government.
What Can We In Government Do?
In order to assist this process we need to promote businesses to reach out
to the Small Business Development Center at the Toledo Chamber of Commerce to
participate in this process and document their losses. They can be reached by
phone at (419) 243-8191 and email at
We can promote this through our public speaking engagements as well as through
our internet, traditional and social media resources.
What Can Businesses Do?
Lucas County Alerts
Sign up for emergency notifications at www.lucascountyalerts.com.
In the event of an emergency or tornado warning, an alert will be sent to the phone number(s) you provide and/or your email address.
See the FAQ's here.
Spring and Summer Safety
Severe Weather Terms
The National Weather Service (NWS) is responsible for issuing severe weather watches, warnings and advisories to alert the public when dangerous weather conditions are expected.
- Watch - A weather watch means there is the potential or conditions exist for a dangerous weather event.
- Warning - A weather warning means that a dangerous weather event is imminent. Immediate action must be taken to protect life and property.
- Advisory - A weather advisory means weather conditions that are less serious than a warning are imminent. These events may cause a significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to a situation that may be threatening to life and property.
Summertime is the peak season for one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena - lightning. According to the National Weather Service, an average of 55 people dies each year from lightning strikes in the United States.
In 2013, 23 people died from lightning strikes. The incidents occurred in 14 states. There were no fatalities in Ohio attributed to lightning strikes last year. Twenty-eight people died in 2012.
While lightning fatalities have decreased over the past 30 years in the U.S., lightning continues to be one of the top three storm-related killers. It is important to note that lightning injures many more people than it kills, and can leave some victims with life-long health problems.
Lightning SafetyWeek, promoted by the National Weather Service, is conducted each year during the last full week of June. The purpose of the week is to help safeguard people from the hazards of lightning and to lower deaths and injuries caused by lightning strikes.
Know Lightning Safety
There is no safe place outside when thunderstorms are in the area. If you hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance of the storm. Just remember; When thunder roars, go indoors!
Invest in a NOAA Public Alert/Weather Radio. Every home, school and business should have a tone alert weather radio with a battery back-up. Weather and public alert radios are programmed to automatically sound an alert during public safety and severe weather events. Click on www.weather.gov/nwr/ for additional information.
Update your disaster preparedness plans. Every home, school, and business should have written plans for the different types of disasters that can occur. Review the plans with the entire family or staff. Everyone should know what to do in the event of a snow or ice storm, a prolonged power outage, a flood or fire. Post contact information for your local emergency management agency. Prepare and
practice drills that require sheltering in place and evacuation. Update your emergency contact list and establish a meeting place outside of the home,school or business, where others will know where to find or meet you.