Governor Strickland has declared an emergency for three counties affected by last Thursday's tornadoes.
He declared emergencies in Perry, Athens and Meigs counties and identified $1.6 million available in state assistance to help victims.
Strickland also asked the U.S. Small Business Administration to issue a disaster declaration for Athens County residents to enable disaster loan assistance to help in the recovery efforts.
The S.B.A. must first survey the damage in Athens County before making a disaster declaration.