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Goderich & Area Disaster Relief Fund

Holiday Closing

The Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Committee office will be closed from December 23 until January 3, 2011.

New Hours - Effective January 3, 2011

The office will be only open on: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays of each week from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Town Council has secured participation in and funding from the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP). This funding will be available to homeowners, tenants, small businesses, farmers and non-profit organizations with expenses related to the tornado damage that are not covered by insurance.

The Goderich & Area Disaster Relief Committee consists of local, non-government people. It has been established to raise funds and administer claims for financial assistance in the recovery process. Funds raised by the Committee will be matched up to a 2 to 1 ratio by the Province of Ontario. 100% of the money donated and matched by the government will be used to settle claims with up to a 90% payout of the estimated eligible amount.

You are eligible for Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program financial assistance if:

  • You suffered losses directly related to the tornado which occurred in the Municipality of Goderich, Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh and Central Huron on August 21, 2011 and
  • Your losses are not covered by insurance; and
  • You are a private property owner, tenant, small business owner, non-profit organization or farmer; and
  • Your losses fall into the categories of eligible losses and costs under the ODRAP program.
  • You complete and submit the Application of Losses and Damages no later than 4:00 PM November 25, 2011.

Examples of Eligible Losses and Costs:

  • Restoration, repairs, or replacement to pre-disaster condition of a principal, year-round residence, farm buildings and principal business enterprise building
  • Essential furnishing of a private residence including refrigerator, freezer, furnace, stove, clothes washer and dryer
  • Tools or other items essential to the claimant's livelihood, including farm machinery and equipment
  • For farms, replacement cost only of orchard trees, crops not covered by insurance
  • For business enterprises, replacement of inventory at cost
  • Livestock fencing for working farms
  • Restoration, repair, or replacement to pre-disaster condition of churches, cemeteries, private schools, and other associations
  • Emergency expenses (e.g. evacuation costs, food and shelter, essential clothing)
  • Perishable food
  • Heat and light supplies (e.g. fuel for light and heat, heaters)

Ineligible costs include:

  • Losses covered by insurance
  • Insurance deductible
  • Secondary residences e.g. cottages
  • Non-essential furniture (e.g. stereos, recreation room furniture)
  • Landscaping, fencing, driveways, docks, shoreline protection and retaining walls
  • Recreational vehicles (e.g. boats, snowmobiles)
  • Antiques and collections
  • Loss of revenue or wages
  • Losses recoverable at law

Applications must be received by November 25, 2011. Claims received by this deadline will be issued a claim number, then reviewed and dealt with by the Committee.

Application forms are available at the municipal offices of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh, Central Huron, Goderich, Goderich Public Library, Maitland Recreation Centre, Tourism Goderich, Huron Chamber of Commerce, and online.

Instructions:

  1. Please submit one form per household. Tenants can submit a separate form.
  2. If you require help or have any questions about the form please call the Disaster Relief Office at 519.524.4441.
  3. If your claim includes emergency living expenses only, please include only receipts and details of emergency costs (such as food, clothing, etc.) that have not been recovered through other means (insurance, aid agencies, etc.).
  4. If you are in extreme financial hardship due to the disaster, please call the Disaster Relief Office.
  5. Attach all necessary receipts to completed forms and forward completed applications, by mail or in person, no later than 4 PM, Friday, November 25, 2011 to the following address:

Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Office
57 West Street, 3rd Floor
Goderich, Ontario N7A 2K5

Additional information may be added to your file by you as your claim proceeds through the process. Please note: all claims are subject to audit; if a claim is found to be suspicious or based on false or misleading evidence, a criminal investigation may result.

Two Programme Administrators, John Maddox and Bruce Maycock have been hired to meet with claimants and administer the process of reviewing claims. They may be reached at 519.524.4441.

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CHANGE OF APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE

In order to respond to concerns from residents and businesses about their inability to complete the required information on the Application Form for Financial Assistance, the Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Committee has changed the DEADLINE for submission from October 28, 2011 to: NOVEMBER 25, 2011 @ 4:00 P.M.

Applicants are encouraged to speak with their insurance broker, insurance company, adjuster and contractor to obtain the necessary supporting documentation in order to complete the Application Form for Financial Assistance. Only fully completed forms can be reviewed and considered by the Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Committee. No claims can be paid until all applications are reviewed by the Committee.

Evening Meetings with Programme Administrators


The Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Committee has set the following dates when applicants may meet with one of the Programme Administrators at the Goderich Town Hall, 57 West Street, Goderich:

Tuesday October 25th 6:30-8:30 PM  Monday November 7th 6:30-8:30 PM
Thursday October 27th 6:30-8:30 PM  Tuesday November 15th 6:30-8:30 PM
Wednesday November 2nd 6:30-8:30 PM  Thursday November 17th 6:30-8:30 PM

Please book an appointment by calling Lisa Crossey at 519.524.4441.

Applications for Financial Assistance are available at:

Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh Municipal Office, Central Huron Municipal Office, Goderich Town Hall, Goderich Public Library, Goderich Tourism Office, Huron Chamber of Commerce and the Maitland Recreation Centre. Application Forms can be downloaded from www.acwtownship.ca, www.goderichandareadisasterrelief.org, plus www.huroncounty.ca and www.goderich.ca both of which offer "fillable" PDF forms to complete online.

Eligibility:

Homeowners, residents or tenants of a home/apartment for personal property only, small business owners/operators (less than 100 employees), owners/operators of full-time or part-time farm operations, tenant farmers, non-profit organizations such as: service clubs, churches, charitable organizations, non-profit organizations that provide facilities or services to the community.

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GODERICH & AREA DISASTER RELIEF COMMITTEE

COMMITTEE PROGRAMME STAFF

John Maddox
Programme Administrator
519.524.4441 Ext. 282
Bruce Maycock
Programme Administrator
519.524.4441 Ext. 281
Lisa Crossey
Administrative Assistant & Treasurer
519.524.4441 Ext. 280

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IMPORTANT COMMITTEE DATES

DATEISSUENOTES
November 25 | 4:00 PM Deadline for submission of Application for Financial Assistance The submission of an application ensures that the applicant will have the application reviewed. The applicant may still submit additional documentation for consideration after November 25. The November 25th deadline will provide the Committee with an estimate of the financial extent of the claims.
December 1 Completion of major fundraising campaign This date will generate the extent of provincial financial support to cover 90% of the eligible claims. Money will still be accepted after December 1 as some corporations, foundations, municipalities may have not finalized their donation.
DecemberPayment of Claims We hope to be able to make some claim payments in December.

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ANNOUNCEMENT | November 7, 2011

The Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Committee announced today that it is urging every homeowner, tenant, small business owner, farmer and non-profit organization affected by the tornado to submit their application for financial assistance prior to November 25, 2011 @ 4:00 PM in order to protect their right to financial assistance.

Duncan Jewell, Chairperson of the Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Committee said that "the Committee is responding to the concerns of residents and businesses about their inability to complete the required information on the Application Form for Financial Assistance because of the lack of information from their insurance companies. Many residents and businesses are still waiting for information on asbestos abatement, demolition, replacement costs, property clean-up and business inventory."

Jewell said, "applicants are encouraged to speak with their insurance broker, insurance company, adjuster and contractor to obtain the necessary supporting documentation in order to complete the Application Form for Financial Assistance. Only fully completed forms can be reviewed and considered by the Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Committee."

"The Disaster Relief Committee extended the deadline to November 25 hoping that would ease the pressure on potential applicants but many people are still having difficulty getting the information they need to complete the application form," said Duncan Jewell.

Jewell said that, "people can file an application even if you do not have complete financial information with respect to their claim or financial settlement with their insurance company. Additional information may be added to the file as applicants receive it from the insurance company."

"The Disaster Relief Committee is also strongly urging tenants who have been impacted by the tornado to apply for expenses related to their emergency living expenses and personal property damaged/destroyed by the tornado and not covered by insurance," said Duncan Jewell. "The Disaster Relief Committee know that many tenants are unaware of their right to apply for assistance even if they do not have tenants insurance," said Jewell.

Assistance is available from the Disaster Relief Committee staff to help you complete the application form by telephoning 519.524.4441. Evening appointments are available.

All applications for assistance MUST be received by the Goderich & Area Disaster Relief Committee at 57 West Street, Goderich, Ontario by 4:00 PM on Friday November 25, 2011 to be eligible for consideration.

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ANNOUNCEMENT | October 14, 2011

The Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Committee announced today that the deadline date for submission of applications for financial assistance has been changed to November 25, 2011 at 4:00 PM.

Duncan Jewell, Chairperson of the Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Committee said that "the Committee is responding to the concerns of residents and businesses about their inability to complete the required information on the Application Form for Financial Assistance because of the lack of information from their insurance companies. Many residents and businesses are still waiting for information on asbestos abatement, demolition, replacement costs, property clean-up and business inventory."

Jewell said, "applicants are encouraged to speak with their insurance broker, insurance company, adjuster and contractor to obtain the necessary supporting documentation in order to complete the Application Form for Financial Assistance. Only fully completed forms can be reviewed and considered by the Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Committee. No claims can be paid until all applications are reviewed by the Committee."

"The Committee understands the frustration that many potential applicants are feeling and felt that by extending the deadline, it will allow the residents and businesses more time to provide the supporting documentation on their application," said Duncan Jewell.

Jewell said that, "the Committee has set up a series of evening meeting times where applicants will have an opportunity to meet a Programme Administrator to receive assistance and have any questions answered. Meetings can be arranged by calling Lisa Crossey at 519.524.4441."

All applications for assistance must be received by the Goderich & Area Disaster Relief Committee at 57 West Street, Goderich, Ontario by 4:00 PM on Friday November 25, 2011 to be eligible for consideration.

Chairperson Jewell said that "applicants may add additional information to their files after November 25 but no new files will be opened after the deadline."

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ANNOUNCEMENT | October 14, 2011

Tom Jasper, Chair of the Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Fundraising Committee announced today that the fundraising effort has surpassed $1.5 million. Donations to the Disaster Relief Fund are matched up to 2:1 by the Province of Ontario. Jasper said, "the Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Committee recognizes that the need for financial support to the residents and businesses throughout the tornado's path is significant and fundraising will continue until December 1."

Ken Dunn, Community Co-Chair of the Fundraising Committee said, "that corporations have been contacted to make donations to the Disaster Assistance Fund and very positive responses have been received from many corporations. Solicitation of individual donors continues as well and many of the area's citizens have continued their commitment to Goderich and area by making significant financial contributions to the fund."

Matt Hoy, Community Co-Chair of the Fundraising Committee reported that the preliminary numbers from the "Out of the Storm" event on October 8th. indicate that over $100,000 was raised through admissions, the silent auction and revenue from food and beverage sales. Matt Hoy said that, "not only was "Out of the Storm" blessed with perfect weather, we also had great entertainment all day, fantastic food, a silent auction that was a major draw for people attending the event and a very happy crowd." Hoy says that the day was successful due to the hard working and dedicated volunteers who helped organize the event and the major sponsors who provided both financial and product support."

Duncan Jewell, Chairperson of the Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Committee reported that "the Open Houses held earlier this week were very successful with over 60 people in attendance with most of them indicating that they will be submitting application forms. To date, over 65 applications have been received." The deadline for submitting applications for financial assistance has been changed to 4:00 p.m. on November 25, 2011.

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ANNOUNCEMENT | September 30, 2011

The Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Committee announced today that the Committee would hold an Open House in each municipality involved in the programme, Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh, Central Huron and Goderich on October 11, 12 and 13.

Duncan Jewell, Chairperson of the Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Committee said that "the purposes of the open houses are to provide residents and businesses with an opportunity to learn more about the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Programme (ODRAP), to have questions and concerns addressed and to provide assistance in completing the Application Form".

Open Houses will be held:

Tuesday October 11, 2011 | 2:00 to 6:00 PM
Benmiller Foresters Hall
37015 Londesboro Road | Benmiller

Wednesday October 12, 2011 | 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM & 4:00 to 7:00 PM
Sky Harbour Room, Maitland Recreation Centre
190 Suncoast Drive East | Goderich.

Thursday October 13, 2011 | 2:00 to 6:00 PM
My United Community Hall, Central Huron Community Complex
239 Bill Fleming Drive | Clinton

All applications for assistance must be received by the Goderich & Area Disaster Relief Committee at 57 West Street, Goderich, Ontario by 4:00 pm, Friday, November 25, 2011 to be eligible for consideration.

Chairperson Jewell said that "applicants may add additional information to their files after October 28 but no new files will be opened after the deadline. It is important that potential applicants protect their eligibility to receive financial support in case their insurance company does not provide the level of compensation that the applicant expected".

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ANNOUNCEMENT | September 20, 2011

The Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Committee is sponsoring a Community Shred-it in Goderich on Sunday, September 25, 2011. London-based Shred-it, a Canadian company in business for over 18 years is partnering with the committee on this event in an effort to continue awareness of the committee's ongoing effort to re-build and help raise funds for the Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Fund.

The Community Shred-it! provides Goderich and area residents and business owners free shredding of any sensitive material or personal information so that it may be securely recycled.

This event will operate beside the BIA Flea Market currently located at the 5 Points. The Shred-it truck will be parked in the Royal Canadian Legion parking lot on Stanley Street in Goderich and will be in operation from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

There is NO CHARGE to shred your materials although people are invited to make a cash donation into the bankers' box in support of the Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Fund. Shred-it, London will also be selling bankers' boxes with the proceeds from the sale donated to the Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Fund. All funds collected at this event will be turned over to the Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Fund for use in the community.

Shred-it is pleased to be working with its community partners, Community Living Central Huron and the Goderich Community Credit Union to highlight this community's effort to rebuild and to keep the focus on the residents needs so support will continue to build for them.

Duncan Jewell, Chairperson of the Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Committee stated that "the Disaster Relief Committee was quick to accept the offer of the 'Community Shred-it' as many people have kept their important documents much longer than the 7 years generally required by the Canada Revenue Agency. People saw some of their important papers disappear or destroyed by the August 21 F3 tornado, Community Shred-it will help people organize their documents and destroy the ones no longer needed."

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ANNOUNCEMENT | September 9, 2011

Work of the Goderich & Area Disaster Relief Committee is well under way. The following backgrounder information was distributed to all area media outlets:

On August 22, 2011, the Honorable Rick Bartoulucci, Minister of Municipal Affairs & Housing declared the community of Goderich and area a "disaster area" relating to the August 21st, 2011 tornado, making Goderich and area eligible for funding under the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP).

ODRAP is a source of financial aid for losses of essential private property, not covered by insurance, suffered by private homeowners, farmers, small businesses and non-profit organizations. The Goderich & Area Disaster Relief Committee has been established by the Goderich, ACW and Central Huron Councils and will be responsible for fundraising and settling eligible claims made by affected residents. The province may match funds up to a 2 to 1 ratio to settle claims, up to 90 per cent of the estimated eligible amount.

The Goderich & Area Disaster Relief Committee has arranged for several financial institutions in the area as donation locations where businesses and individuals can make donations. The Goderich & Area Disaster Relief Committee will also be contacting other municipalities and major businesses across the province. Numerous fundraising events will be held over the next three months.

Anyone seeking more information about contributing to the fund or wishing to help with the local campaign can call the Goderich & Area Disaster Relief Fundraising Chair Tom Jasper at 519.524.4270.

You are eligible for Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program financial assistance if:

  • You suffered losses directly related to the tornado which occurred in the Municipality of Goderich, Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh and Central Huron on August 21, 2011 and
  • Your losses are not covered by insurance; and
  • You are a private property owner, tenant, small business owner, non-profit organization or farmer; and
  • Your losses fall into the categories of eligible losses and costs under the ODRAP program.
  • You complete and submit the Application of Losses and Damages no later than 4:00 PM November 25, 2011.

Examples of Eligible Losses and Costs:

  • Restoration, repairs, or replacement to pre-disaster condition of a principal, year-round residence, farm buildings and principal business enterprise building
  • Essential furnishing of a private residence including refrigerator, freezer, furnace, stove, clothes washer and dryer
  • Tools or other items essential to the claimant's livelihood, including farm machinery and equipment
  • For farms, replacement cost only of orchard trees, crops not covered by insurance
  • For business enterprises, replacement of inventory at cost
  • Livestock fencing for working farms
  • Restoration, repair, or replacement to pre-disaster condition of churches, cemeteries, private schools, and other associations
  • Emergency expenses (e.g. evacuation costs, food and shelter, essential clothing)
  • Perishable food
  • Heat and light supplies (e.g. fuel for light and heat, heaters)

Ineligible costs include:

  • Losses covered by insurance
  • Insurance deductible
  • Secondary residences e.g. cottages
  • Non-essential furniture (e.g. stereos, recreation room furniture)
  • Landscaping, fencing, driveways, docks, shoreline protection and retaining walls
  • Recreational vehicles (e.g. boats, snowmobiles)
  • Antiques and collections
  • Loss of revenue or wages
  • Losses recoverable at law

The program is also designed to help lower income persons needing additional assistance and whose claims are not covered by insurance, the regular disaster relief criteria or by other programs. You may request an Extreme Financial Assistance application form from the Goderich & Area Disaster Relief Committee office.

Information about submitting a claim is available by calling the Goderich & Area Disaster Relief Committee at 519.524.4441.

A claim form can be obtained by visiting the office on the third floor of the Town Hall at 57 West Street, Goderich, Ontario, N7A 2K5 during regular business hours.

Claim forms are also available for pick-up at the municipal offices of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh and Central Huron, Maitland Recreation Centre, Goderich Public Library, Goderich Tourism Office, Huron Chamber of Commerce or on the Town of Goderich website at: www.goderich.ca.

All completed applications for assistance must be received by the Goderich & Area Disaster Relief Committee at 57 West Street, Goderich, Ontario by 4:00 PM, Friday, November 25, 2011 to be eligible for consideration.

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ANNOUNCEMENT | September 8, 2011

Duncan Jewell, Chairperson of the Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Committee announced on Thursday, September 8, 2011 that Application Forms for homeowners, business owners, business tenants, residential tenants, farmers and non-profit organizations are now available for pickup throughout the affected areas.

The Application Forms are available at the Municipal Offices in Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh, Central Huron and the Town of Goderich. The Application Forms are also available at the following locations in Goderich: the Goderich Public Library, Tourism Goderich, Maitland Recreation Centre and the Huron Chamber of Commerce on East Street.

The Application Form will also be available on each municipality's website as soon as possible.

Jewell stated that, "it is important that potential clients seeking reimbursement of the costs which exceed their insurance coverage pick up a form and begin collecting the documentation required to file a claim. The deadline for submitting an application is 4:00 PM on Friday, November 25, 2011."

The funding to pay each claim comes from money raised by the Fundraising Committee which is matched up to 2:1 by the Province of Ontario. Claims are paid on the basis of up to 90% of the estimated eligible amount. All fundraising must be complete before any claims can be paid.

The Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Committee has hired two Program Administrators to meet with the claimants, to provide assistance in completing the application and administering the process of reviewing claims. The Goderich and Area Disaster Committee will make the final decision on each claim subject to the right of an appeal by the applicant.

Chairperson Jewell stressed that "the work of the Committee is confidential. Members of the Committee reviewing the Application will not know who the applicant is and that every applicant must and will be treated in a fair and equitable manner."

All of the costs of the administration of the Goderich and District Disaster Relief Committee is funded by the Province of Ontario to ensure that every dollar raised is used to pay claims.

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ANNOUNCEMENT | September 6, 2011

In response to the tornado damage, the provincial Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing declared the area a disaster area which established an Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP) and the Goderich & Area Disaster Relief Committee comprised of 7 to 9 local residents.

Members on the Committee were appointed by the Municipalities of Goderich, Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh and Central Huron. The Goderich & Area Disaster Relief Committee acts autonomously from municipal councils.

The job of the Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Committee is two fold:

  1. Raise funds;
  2. Administer claims in the recovery process.

The work of the Committee is immediate. It must finish the fundraising mandate before beginning to distribute monies to pay the claims of applicants. Deadline for submitting applications to the Committee is October 28, 2011. At that time the Committee may know the actual fundraising amount available.

The fundraising arm of the Goderich & Area Disaster Relief Committee is the Goderich Disaster Relief Fund:

  • Monies donated to this fund will be matched by the Province of Ontario on a 2:1 basis;
  • Donations are tax deductible;
  • No conditions can be attached to donations;
  • All Administrative costs are paid by the province, not donated funds.

The Goderich & Area Disaster Relief Fundraising Committee is chaired by Dr. Tom Jasper and Community Co-Chairs are Ken Dunn and Matt Hoy (519.525.2274).

Offices of the Committee and the Goderich Disaster Relief Fund are located at 57 West Street on the third floor of the Town Hall. Town staff will accept donations to the Goderich Disaster Relief Fund at the front desk of the Town Hall.

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