Montgomery County Receives Funds to Aid Workers Dislocated by Tornadoes

The State of Ohio has approved a Montgomery County request for $500,000 to help businesses and workers affected by the tornados that touched down May 27 and 28.

The bulk of the grant will fund a Mobile Career Resource Center, which will be outfitted with 20 computer stations, to support the County’s workforce-related needs. Montgomery County’s Community and Economic Development Department is working on a survey of affected businesses to determine the county’s mobile response strategy. The grant also includes $150,000 to pay for training for people who have lost work because of the storms.

Besides the Mobile Career Resource Center, the grant will provide $100,000 toward supportive services for workers. These funds will cover the cost of dependent care, work attire and uniforms, tools, transportation, auto repair, and books and supplies for job training.

Although Montgomery County will be implementing a new mobile unit in the coming weeks, these services and funding are all currently available at The Job Center at 1111 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd. in Dayton. Montgomery County is encouraging anyone who has lost work because of the recent storm damage to come to the red door at The Job Center for employment help. Funds are already available for training opportunities. Anyone in need of services should attend orientation, which is held at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Monday through Thursday.

Recruitment services are also available for free at The Job Center’s red door, for anyone needing a new job opportunity.

The National Weather Service confirmed that 15 tornadoes touched down on Memorial Day evening and into the next day, the largest one that hit Trotwood-Brookville-Riverside and Dayton was rated an EF4, carrying winds up to 170 mph, according to NWS investigators who are continuing to survey damage.